I returned to work during the pandemic and it reinforced my desire to get back to working in healthcare and I was very grateful to have the opportunity to be purposeful, hands on and ‘contributing’ during this time.
After my first day back on the wards I felt as though I had never been away. I noticed that dietetics and healthcare as a whole had evolved during my absence, particularly in terms of technology. When I trained and had my first job, all records were hand written and the internet was not even available to use in the Trust!
I completed the HCPC RTP application forms and was officially added back to the register in September 2020. I took a Band 5 maternity post shortly after and then a permanent 0.5 Band 5 Adult Acute Dietitian post.
My day-to-day role is exciting and varied. I see patients on a number of wards at AGH, including Elderly Care, Orthopaedics, Gastroenterology and Cardiology. I also undertake a weekly outpatient clinic, with referrals for Coeliac Disease, Weight Management, Nutrition Support and IBS. I have an interest in Home Enteral Feeding and will be taking on a small clinical caseload to support the Band 6 dietitian, which will involve undertaking home visits.