Specialist Paediatric Dietitian

Specialist Paediatric Dietitian Zoe Wood talks about working with children in the community, training opportunities and the rewards of her job at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

Zoe _Wood 320"Within my role as a paediatric dietitian, I work children from birth up to 19 years. They are referred to me by healthcare professionals, for a variety of reasons including faltering growth, obesity, food allergies and fussy eating. I see these children and their families in community clinics, but I am also able to visit patients in the own home. This variety of patients that I see makes every day different. 

"I've been working for Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust for 3 years now. Previously I worked in an acute hospital Trust; since working here I have a better understanding of the number of great local services available for our community. This allows me to point families in the right direction to help improve their experience as well as their clinical outcomes.

"Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust is committed to professional development. Last year I was fortunate enough to be awarded a Fellowship from Imperial College London with funding from the Trust and Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). This fellowship, which aims to create leaders of research in practice, gave me the opportunity to develop a new childhood obesity treatment programme as well as attend numerous study days in areas such as quality improvement and patient engagement. It was a very worthwhile experience that the whole department benefited from.

"The most rewarding part of my job is undoubtedly seeing the children get healthier and happier. This has a knock-on effect on the parents, who themselves become happier and equipped with the knowledge to make positive dietary changes to help give their child a better start.

"Being able to do all of this to the backdrop of the London location is wonderful, especially in the summer when I am cycling through the London parks on my way to visits and meetings."

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