I graduated from the University of Surrey in 2005, with a degree in nutrition/dietetics. Following registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) I started working in district general hospital. After a few years working in a range of specialities I joined a childhood obesity programme called MEND (Mind Exercise Nutrition Diet) where we provided nutrition education and exercises to children and their families. Following on from this I moved to a community dietitian role designing and rolling out weight loss groups in GP surgeries. Whilst in the community I managed weekly community clinics working with people with bowel disorders, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, malnutrition and a range of other problems. I then had the opportunity to work in the local haemodialysis unit and eventually moved to work in the Exeter Renal Unit where I worked for 12 years. My role here allowed me to be involved as a committee member of the national Renal Nutrition Group, to present at national conferences, to be involved in setting up staff and patients weight management groups and to complete my Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice with the University of Plymouth. I also worked with Kidney Care UK on their Kidney Kitchen project, analysing a range of recipes, adapting them to meet the requirements of people with Chronic Kidney Disease, and providing commentary on appropriate foods.
For the last two years I have been working at a GP surgery in Exeter providing specialist advice to patients and colleagues. I have completed my qualification as a First Contact Practitioner, giving me the skills to assess patients directly saving GP (and patient) time. My projects have included reviewing supplement prescriptions and follow up for those who have had bariatric surgery, setting up coeliac disease review groups and promoting physical activity. I'm passionate about holistic care and lifestyle changes to support people to achieve their goals.