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, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol and Birmingham Medical School. Currently I work for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as Eating Disorders Lead Dietitian (since 2010) and also as a Community Dietitian (since 1997). 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.  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. somersetdietitian.uk

Referral Criteria & Process

I can provide face to face home visits, during the day or weekday evenings, in the area surrounding Cheddar including Somerset, North Somerset and Bristol.  My clients self refer, although this can be on the suggestion of a health professional or via health insurance. Clients can phone on 07940816728, e-mail on somersetdietitian@gmail.com or via my website somersetdietitian.uk

Qualifications

Training In 1993 I qualified as a dietitian at Leeds Metropolitian University. Before working as a dietitian I qualified with a  BSc in Sport Science and spent 2 exciting years working for HM Customs and Excise. Registration Health and Care Professionals Council Registration Number DT05767 Registered with The Information Commissioner's Office Qualifications and Courses 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 Experience During the last 10 years I have met lots of clients with eating disorders, they have been male and female, have come from all walks of life and had different interests and aspirations.  Each has their own story and food history. Everyone is different. So experience has taught me that first it is essential I start with no assumptions and that I listen to their account and aims.  Then together we can formulate a dietetic plan. Although serious, eating disorders are treatable conditions and full recovery is possible. The sooner someone gets the treatment they need, the more likely they are to make a full recovery. Dietetic advice can be part of the treatment but cannot be the only treatment. Alongside dietetic therapy physical monitoring and psychological therapy are essential. So consultations would include discussions about where somebody is considering or accessing this support. If I feel that you would be best to see another dietitian, with different specialist knowledge, I will be able to recommend an alternative registered dietitian in Somerset. How I can help with an eating disorder? With a dietetic assessment of;€¢ current and previous dietary intake, eating habits and weight history€¢ other eating disorder behaviour e.g. purging, use of laxatives and diuretics€¢ current nutritional knowledge and dietary rules e.g. calorie counting, times of eating, ritualistic behaviours and avoidance of food groups€¢ activity level and exercise€¢ motivation to change and your aims of treatment€¢ calculation of nutritional requirements for weight maintenance and weight gain (if required)€¢ developing a shared nutritional treatment plan Nutrition Education Nutrition education is often overlooked. People with eating disorders are often overly concerned with small aspects of nutrition such as calorie counting, avoiding fats. This can lead to a distorted view of nutritional requirements. I can help somebody reflect on their current physical health and relate this to their dietary intake and question their dietary €œrules€. This can be an important step in motivating dietary change. somersetdietitian.uk

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Last Updated: 20/02/2018
Availability: monday to friday evenings and saturday during the day and evening
Age Groups: (0-15) (16-18) (19-25) (25+)
All ages considered, the majority of my clients are 16 years and above
Fees: Yes
initial 10 min phone consultation free, 1st hour consultation £85 and 1/2 hour follow ups £45
Categories
Types of Support:
Face to face
Telephone
Group/peer support
Outpatient
Specialisms:
Anorexia
Obesity
Types of Service:
Private Practitioner
Types of Treatment:
Nutrition
Dietetics