1986 BSc (Hons) Dietetics

Tracy MacInnes, kicked off her higher education journey with QMU. She’s now Associate Chief Health Professions Officer with the Scottish Government.

About You

Tell us a bit about yourself and your professional career to date?

I qualified as a Dietitian from what was, Queen Margaret College, in 1986. I started my first job at Stoke Royal Infirmary which was a rotational basic grade post so covered renal, paeds and community, which provided me with a really solid platform to build on. I then went to Stafford District General before moving back to Scotland in 1992 to work at Royal Infirmary in Glasgow.

This was my first experience of working outside of a dietetic department and within a wider multi-professional team, where I began to extend my scope of practice. My last dietetic post was as the Chief Dietitian within the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

I then moved to work as the Senior Professional Advisor at the Care Inspectorate and had responsibility for the regulation of independent hospital and hospices in Scotland. This is where my interest in integration started as I led teams of officers who had professional backgrounds from education, social care police and health.

I was awarded the IBEX Award for Professional Achievement in 2003 by the BDA and in 2005 I completed my Masters in Healthcare Management at Strathclyde University and my Postgraduate Certificate in Social Services Leadership, from Robert Gordon's University.

In 2009, I joined the Scottish Government and I'm presently the Associate Chief Health Professions Officer.

 

How would you describe the work of a dietician?

Dieticians use the most up to date health and scientific information on food and health and interpret it in to practical advice and support to people of all ages to make informed lifestyle food choices.

Can you describe your current role with the Scottish Government and what does a typical day involve?

My role is to support and advise any Minister and other colleagues from within Scottish Government in respect to Allied Health and Healthcare Science. This helps ensure they have the most up to date information to hand. This involves supporting the Ministers at external visits, conferences and face to face meetings with stakeholders.  The team I work within leads on AHP and HCS policy development and supports implementation at service level.