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Dr Helen White

About Dr Helen White

Helen White is a Principal Lecturer within the Nutrition and Dietetic Group and course leader for the MSc Nutrition. She is Postgraduate Lead within the Group, and collaborates with NHS partners on a numbers of research projects incorporating adherence, nutrition and patient experience.

Helen joined our University in 2004 following a number of NHS dietetic roles in acute medicine, elderly medicine, paediatrics and cystic fibrosis.

She is an HPC registered Dietitian and has completed a wide variety of training in healthcare research, education, behaviour change and clinical dietetics.

Her clinical and research interests are in nutritional interventions in cystic fibrosis and their impact on clinical outcome. Helen has presented at national and international conferences on nutritional status, interventions, and the influence of disease relate complications such as cystic fibrosis related diabetes. Further research has focused on the impact that managing disease related complications can have on patients and the information requirements that arise.

Helen has held several national and European roles, including Co-chair of the European Cystic Fibrosis Nutrition Group and currently as a member of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Scientific Committee.

Current Teaching

Teaching responsibilities include input into the BSc(Hons) Dietetics, Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics, MSc Nutrition, MSc Nutrition in Practice, in the areas of respiratory disease, cystic fibrosis, research methodology, clinical governance and dissertation supervision.

Helen is also Undergraduate Clinical Placement Co-ordinator, a Practice Liaison Link Tutor, and is Course Leader for the MSc Nutrition which includes modules that lie within the CPD agenda for those working in clinical practice. She also leads clinical supervisory skills training for clinical practitioners working within dietetics.

Research Interests

Helens current research areas include the evaluation of nutritional interventions in Cystic Fibrosis, particularly the impact of nutritional supplementation and enteral tube feeding on nutritional and clinical status and improved life expectancy.

Her research interests also include the impact of developing added disease complications such as osteoporosis and cystic fibrosis related diabetes, and the coping mechanisms and information needs of patients that are associated with this.

Recent projects are centred on adherence measures in chronic disease, where adherence to long term medication and treatments is reported as low and the evaluation of patient requirements and experience of access to their electronic clinical record.

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