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 now work for GP practice in Exeter, providing individualised advice for a range of conditions and acting as a resource for my colleagues in the surgery. I also work 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.