I qualified as a registered dietitian from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (now Cardiff Metropolitan) in 2004. Post qualification I worked as a dietitian for the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and for UHBristol NHS Foundation Trust gaining experience with acute adult inpatients and running outpatients clinics. In 2006, I began my research career providing dietary advice to patients enrolled in the Early ACTID diet and physical activity intervention for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This led directly to my securing a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship from the NIHR in 2011. I undertook my PhD at the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences, during which I developed a brief dietary assessment tool for people with Type 2 diabetes: The UK Diabetes and Diet Questionnaire (available here). Clinically, prior to and during my PhD, I worked as a weight management dietitian for a Tier 2 service, in primary care with a regular diabetes clinic and as a Diabetes Educator for Bristol Community Health. I have also provided dietary advice for people with type 1 diabetes on the EXTOD study investigating the benefits of physical activity for people with type 1 diabetes.
I work within the Type 2 diabetes and the Peri-treatment workstreams within the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Centre (Nutrition Theme). My research interests currently lie around the development of brief interventions aimed at improving the provision of routine dietary advice in primary care to people with type 2 diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance, and in improving methods of dietary assessment. I am a committee member for the British Dietetic Association Diabetes Specialist Group and a Scientific Member of the Diabetes UK Long-term self-management & glycaemic control clinical studies group.
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