I have been a hospital and community dietitian working in acute and community hospitals, GP surgeries and nursing homes for 23 years. Including time spent working in Treliske Hospital, Truro, Chorley and District Hospital and Birmingham Medical School. I also run a private practice from an office in BS26 and visit clients at home. Clients are self-referred and I am registered with several health insurance providers.
Currently I work for a Somerset NHS Trust in the community and as Eating Disorders Lead Dietitian. I see clients and their carers for face to face appointments, advise on dietetic policy/written materials, provide training, regularly liaise with GPs, community teams and provide clinical and management supervision. I also act as a preceptor for newly qualified dietitians.
In my community role I advise adults and children for conditions including diabetes, weight management, irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease, disease related malnutrition, food intolerance/avoidance/restricted intakes and many other conditions.
Eating disorders are a range of conditions that can affect someone psychologically, physically, and socially. They include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. In my eating disorders lead role I work alongside these clients providing nutrition education, meal planning, advising on vitamin and mineral intakes and supplements, while supporting carers.
MSc Health Sciences 1995
Post Graduate Diploma Dietetics 1993
Sport Science BSc 1989
Further and Adult Education Teachers’ Certificate 1996
British Cycling Level 2 Coaching Award 2010
Sports Dietetic Course, Sports Nutrition Foundation 1995
Always check the credentials of a dietitian with The Health and Care Professions Council, check mine at www.hcpc –uk.org.
The title "dietitian" is protected by law. This means you are not allowed to call yourself a dietitian unless you are appropriately qualified and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. A dietitian is a qualified health professional, who as well as providing general health advice, can also work with people with special dietary needs due to health conditions.
The title ‘Nutritionist’ is not protected by law, and anyone can call themselves a nutritionist.