Diane Spalding, Lecturer

Diane Spalding


Diane Spalding is a part time lecturer and her main roles are as the Admissions Tutor for the MSc Dietetics course and Placement Tutor for the MSc Nutrition in Practice and BSc (Hons) Nutrition in the School of Health. She is a Registered Dietitian and a Fellow of the British Dietetic Association and has worked for many years in the NHS in senior leadership roles and at a national level at the Dept of Health as the Dietetics Officer. She has been involved on the training of dietitians throughout her career, mainly in the NHS where she was responsible for placements. She has also been involved in national work to develop the competencies, key characteristics and the changes in the structure of placements as well as being an external examiner for various Universities.

Previous professional activities and employment includes:

  • Clinical Director of Leicestershire Nutrition & Dietetic Service, a large and diverse service covering all clinical areas and a range of dietetic practice in community, mental health, learning disabilities, public health
  • Dietetic Officer at the Dept of Health and Trent AHP & HCS Lead for NHS Leadership Centre
  • Head of Nutrition & Dietetic Services, Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust
  • Facilities Dietetic Advisor to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Panel Member, Fitness to Practice, Health and Care Professions Council

National professional activities:

  • Member of Dietitians Board of CPSM, focusing on education & training and investigation & disciplinary issues
  • Active member of national groups to develop student training structure for practice placements, competencies, key characteristics

Current Teaching

  • MSc Dietetics - Admissions Tutor
  • MSc Nutrition in Practice & BSc (Hons) Nutrition - Placement Tutor

Contributes to the following:

  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition - Professional Development for Nutritionists
  • MSc Nutrition in Practice - Professional and Collaborative Practice
  • MSc Dietetics - Reflection & Consolidation
  • BSc (Hons) Dietetics - Nutrition Strategies

Research Interests

Diane has contributed to several publications throughout her career, presented at national conferences and has taken an significant interest in research, supporting a number of dietitians to complete MSc and PhDs. She has also taken an active role by being a member of various research committees, mainly in Leicestershire, obtaining a number of grants for dietetic led research.

Diane Spalding, Lecturer