I studied Nutrition at King’s College London followed by a postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics. After my first job at The Royal Free Hospital, London, I moved to a more specialised role in renal dietetics at The Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals. Following a career break when my children were young, I started working as a community dietitian with CSH Surrey and, after roles in diabetes and home enteral feeding, moved to my current position in The Poplars’ neuro-rehabilitation team in 2011. I have a particular interest in motor neurone disease and chair the mid Surrey MND Partnership meetings to ensure care is well coordinated. I appreciate being able to support people and their families through the entirety of their illness from diagnosis to the end and being able to build up relationships over time.
I see patients with all neurological conditions and am involved in regular courses for people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s and MS. In liaison with our Stroke Specialist Nurse, I set up a monthly ‘Life After Stroke’ workshop which has now run for over five years and was successful in the Patient Experience Network National Awards in 2016.
I am keen to constantly improve my clinical knowledge and my current particular area of interest is the role of the diet and gut microbiome in neurological conditions. I organise training for our multi-disciplinary team and was, previously, on the committee of the Neurosciences Specialist Group of the British Dietetic Association.
In addition, I sit as a Registrant Panel Member for the Health and Care Professions Council for ‘fitness to practice’ hearings and as an Independent Panel Member for misconduct hearings for the metropolitan police.