Helen is a registered dietitian based in Stockport, Greater Manchester and has worked for the NHS for the past 26 years. Since the age of 10, when she was diagnosed with diabetes, Helen has always wanted to be a dietitian.
Helen graduated with an honours degree in Home Economics from Manchester Polytechnic in 1988 and went on to achieve a postgraduate diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics from Leeds Polytechnic in 1990. Helen has subsequently continued her professional development by undertaking courses in management, evidence based practice, public health and achieving a City and Guilds in teaching adults.
Helen is passionate about furthering her skills in dietetics, particularly within the areas of obesity and weight management. She regularly attends conferences, training programmes and forums that address obesity, diet and behaviour change. Helen ensures she stays abreast of recent scientific evidence and national clinical guidelines in order to provide the most up to date, evidence-based advice to clients.
Helen has vast experience in a variety of roles (predominately in Wigan) working in hospitals and with GPs in primary care; she has been responsible for providing dietetic advice to patients, particularly with diabetes, hyperlipidaemia (raised cholesterol), poor appetite, coeliac disease and those who wanted support to manage their weight (adults and children).
Helen has also developed and run adult weight management groups- Inchblasters, New Weighs and a children’s group for 9- 13 year olds called Fitfriendz. Helen has strived to use her experience in diet and nutrition to promote health and to prevent and treat disease.
During her career there has been the opportunity to work in Public Health to develop strategies and programmes that will help to prevent many of the chronic conditions such as diabetes, CVD, cancers and obesity. Helen worked as part of a Wigan’s Healthy Schools team as its lead on nutrition.
Helen was then employed by the Greater Manchester Public Health Network. For four years she was the strategic lead for healthy weight across a population of 2 million people, coordinating a comprehensive work programme, across a wide range of subjects, including food, physical activity and weight management. The outcome of the programme was to support the development of an environment that will help people to make healthier choices around food and physical activity.
From September 2012 till December 2013 , Helen worked for ABL Health Partnership. She worked as their senior dietitian across their Choose to Change programme (Specialist Weight Management service) across Bury, Salford, Manchester, Oldham and Tameside CCG’s. As part of this role she acted as part of the MDT discussing complex cases, clinically supervising the team of nutritionists, reviewing patients that are having difficulty in following the programme due to their other medical conditions if required (E.g. diabetes, IBS, Crohn’s, pressure sores, supporting patients within the bariatric programme and liaising with other local dietetic departments.
In January 2014, Helen Joined Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust as their Community Dietetic Section Manager, managing a nutrition and dietetics team across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. The team consists of dietitians, nutritionists, dietetic and community nutrition assistants and a physical activity officer.
The team delivers support and advise for clients and patients who need to lose weight, have diabetes or need nutritional support.