Health care courses all include different forms of practical lessons in purpose built skill labs. The dietetic degree program involves food preparation and cooking, experiments in the biochemistry and microbiology labs and practical sessions in the exercise labs. These sessions are the minority of our lectures, however they bring the theory sessions to life and serve as a fun, interactive and hands on experience of life as a health care professional. The sessions also enable us to experience what life is like for patients, so we can better understand the realities of diets we are likely to recommend. A few of these sessions are assessed formally by a written laboratory report following an experiment, but the practical discussed in this blog was a fun learning experience with a prize for the overall ‘best group’.Read More
The summer break and placements are over and second year has arrived. The first modules have been introduced and are now in full swing. The foundation knowledge I learnt during the first year is now being brought to life.
One of the new methods of teaching this year is Case Base Learning. The cases we are given are based on real life scenarios. We then work together in small groups to explore the different illness, risk factors and possible treatments as if we were treating a real patient or population group. We then present the findings in small groups, in which we have free rein to be creative and try different methods of presenting in a safe and supportive environment.Read More
Before starting university, the idea of writing at university level was an extremely daunting prospect. Having been out of education for a while, I had studied an access course which helped me get back into the swing of writing essays and reports, but I knew university standards were going to be set a little higher. I was keen to get as much support with academic writing as possible. Therefore, I downloaded the university app and started searching for services that could help. I was positively surprised by the amount the University of Plymouth had to offer and not just for academic writing.Read More
An Introduction to Dietetics
All professional health care degrees involve NHS placements. In dietetics there are three placements: A (2 weeks), B (12 weeks) and C (12 weeks) which all serve to complement what has been taught each academic year. This is a fantastic opportunity to consolidate knowledge, experience how theory is implemented in practice and appreciate how the evidence base is used in clinical reasoning to improve lives.Read More
The Student Leadership Program (SLP) aims to promote and develop the necessary leadership skills in students who might one day be in a significant leadership role within the NHS. The knowledge and skills taught are intended to prepare students for a happy, successful and long career.
The SLP was open to all healthcare professional students in which 150 students from all over the UK were selected to become a ‘student leader’ from over 700 applicants. The University of Plymouth had 6 successful students chosen and lecturers have been supportive of me completing the program.Read More
If you are thinking about transitioning from work life to uni life, I recommend taking the plunge. It might not always be easy, but in the wise words of Denzel Washington “ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship.”
I still remember the apprehension I felt as I left a job I loved as a Healthcare Assistant to start university. I felt a mixture of excitement and anxiety about the unknown. Looking back, I believe it has been for the greater good as I can look forward to returning to a similar place of work but as a Registered Healthcare Professional.Read More
All year one Dietetic students at Plymouth University were offered a wide range of voluntary non-clinical placements. This was an opportunity for us as students to appreciate and personally experience the expanding roles and opportunities for Registered Dietitians. Opportunities included working with Help for Heroes, a learning disability charity, within a nursing home, in nutrition and exercise research or in a biochemical laboratory. Support was also given to us in organising our own placements if we had additional interests.
I personally initiated a placement within Public Health at Devon County Council. I wanted to learn more about Public Health Nutrition and experience the political and strategic level that Dietitians work in.Read More
On the 20th of June 2018 I excitedly attended the CAHPO conference. It was a jam-packed day full of networking, live-tweeting, learning, cake cutting, eating and drinking gallons of coffee!!! I was interested in learning more about the AHPs into action campaign and keen to engage with twitter friends and idols in person!Read More
Getting married, having children and returning to education later in life - these are some of the biggest, scariest but most exciting decisions we can make. Reflecting on my first year at university as a mature student, I can safely say it was the wisest decision I have ever made; my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.Read More