Dietetics: Recruitment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th June 2019.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the numbers of dietitians in the NHS and social care to support the NHS Long Term Plan priorities of tackling frailty in old age, obesity and type 2 diabetes and improving health outcomes within stroke, cancer and dementia care.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The National Health Service published its interim People Plan on 3 June. It sets out a plan of action to meet the health requirements of the population outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan. The interim People Plan puts NHS people at the heart of NHS policy. The development of the dietetic workforce was central to the allied health professionals workforce programme for the plan and was developed by engaging widely with staff, patients, employers, professional organisations, regulatory bodies, voluntary sector, academia and other experts. We expect the final People Plan to be published within two months of the Spending Review.

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