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Diet and Nutrition

Departmental Introduction

Registered dietitians are uniquely qualified to advise on matters relating to food, nutrition and health, holding a degree or post graduate qualification in nutrition and dietetics.  Many people, in order to achieve an acceptable quality of life, or to help deal with a medical condition, also need advice on eating the correct foods, at the right times and in appropriate quantities. Dietitians use their extensive knowledge of nutrition, science, medicine and social science to calculate and devise appropriate eating patterns for a wide range of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease; and their extensive communication skills to inform and educate others.

Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dietitians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, NGOs and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government, local communities and individuals.

The title dietitian can only be used by those appropriately trained professionals who have registered with the Health Professions Council and whose details are on the HCPC web site.

All dietitians working within MEHT are HCPC registered



Assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of diet and nutritionally related health issues, and general nutritional advice.


Main office: Zone C, Level 3 (C351) Broomfield Hospital Court Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, CM1 7ET
Out patient clinics: various sites across the Trust premises.



At the present time people cannot self refer to a dietitian for advice, you must be referred by another health professional such as your GP, practice nurse, health visitor or a hospital doctor.



The department here at Mid Essex currently has 16 clinical staff, covering a wide range of areas such as burns and plastics, diabetes, renal disease, head and neck cancers and paediatrics as well as medicine and surgery, including orthopaedics. You can check if your dietitian is registered to practice in the UK by looking on the Health Professions Website, at www.hcpc-uk.org. All dietitians working within MEHT are HPC registered

Pauline J Bird - Clinical Manager
Lisa Oakey - Deputy manager & Clinical Lead Upper GI Surgery
Bridget Lee - Advanced Specialist Dietitian Diabetes
Jane Pearce - Advanced Specialist Dietitian Paediatrics
Lorraine Hollis - Advanced Specialist Dietitian Intermediate Care & Primary Care
Aleutia House- Advanced Specialist Dietitian Renal
Millie Olu - Advanced Specialist Dietitian Primary Care & Community Nutrition Support

Gill Ball - Specialist Dietitian Diabetes
Emma Smith - Specialist Dietitian Primary Care & Community Nutrition Support
Natasha Wase - Specialist Dietitian Burns, Plastics, Cleft & Head + Neck Cancer
Amy Rudd - Specialist Dietitian Burns, Plastics, Cleft & Head + Neck Cancer

Suzanne Slaughter - Specialist Dietitian Burns, Plastics, Cleft & Head + Neck Cancer
Tessa-Lee Jameson- Specialist Dietitian Renal & General
Michelle Fitzgerald - Dietitian
Graeme Syme – Dietitian

Heidi Lewis-Warren – Dietitian

Carly Peavoy - Departmental secretary and PA to Mrs Bird


Useful Links

The British Dietetic Association http://www.bda.uk.com/index.html
The British Dietetic Association was established in 1936 and is the professional association for dietitians. Its aims are to:

  • advance the science and practice of dietetics and associated subjects;

  • promote training and education in the science and practice of dietetics and associated subjects;

  • regulate the relations between dietitians and their employer through the BDA Trade Union.


On this site you will find many useful links to nutrition related topics and further web sites, and downloadable dietary guides to many conditions, from diabetes, weight loss and coronary heart disease to IBS, PCOS and PMS Find these via the link on the left hand side of the home page,
 “Food Facts”


Diabetes UK – for help and advice on living with diabetes. Information available in English, Welsh, Cantonese, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi and Urdu. www.diabetes.org.uk

Coeliac UK – a useful site for anyone with coeliac disease or dermatitis hepatiformis www.coeliac.co.uk

Weight Concern – for help and advice on weight loss www.weightconcern.com

The British Heart Foundation – for advice on living with heart disease.


Heart UK: The cholesterol charity www.heartuk.org.uk

National Osteoporosis Society: www.nos.org.uk

Age Concern UK: www.ageconcern.org.uk

Irritable Bowel Disease: The mission of the IBS Network is to inform, support, and educate those with IBS and their families and carers; to improve the quality of life of those with IBS and to raise public awareness of IBS and the issues surrounding this condition


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Verity is the national charity in the UK for women affected by PCOS