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Debra is a nutrition and exercise research scientist, working in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. She is registered as a Public Health Nutritionist (RNutr) with the Association for Nutrition. Debra Completed a 1 year MSc course in Public Health Nutrition and has 8 years experience of working in NHS and academic settings on community based health and nutrition programmes.

Debra current roles includes the project management of clinical nutrition trials in people with cancer or intestinal failure with data collection using surveys and body composition measures. Nutrition research projects have included interventions with nutritional oral sip-feeds and the management of literature searching and Cochrane reviews. Recent work involves management of a James Lind Alliance project for setting research priorities in Malnutrition and nutritional screening.

Biography

Debra is educated to Masters Level in Public Health Nutrition, working in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. In 2010 she was awarded membership as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) with the Association for Nutrition, which was upgraded to Registered Public Health Nutritionist (RNutr) in January 2014. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at The University of Manchester in 2008 and went on to study Nutrition at the University of Chester.

Debras current role includes project management of clinical nutrition trials in people with cancer or intestinal failure with data collection using surveys and body composition measures. Nutrition research projects have included interventions with nutritional oral sip-feeds and the management of literature searching and Cochrane reviews. Recent work involves management of a James Lind Alliance project for setting research priorities in Malnutrition and nutritional screening.

From 2009 - 2012 Debra worked for Sheffield Hallam University as a Research Assistant where her roles included work on the design, delivery and evaluation of the 'BeActive' Project; a community based physical activity programme, evaluation and analysis of the citywide 'Sheffield lets change4life' (SLC4L) programme, contribution to the design and delivery of an evaluation programme for "food for life" run by NHS Lincolnshire and aiding in a project focusing on improving healthy living in children attending BESD schools. Alongside this Debra was also involved in work with Paddlers4Life, an organisation supporting dragonboat racing for women who have or who are recovering from breast cancer. These projects mainly concentrated on the delivery of a service/information that was used to illicit a behaviour change, which could positively impact on health.

Prior to her employment at Sheffield Hallam, Debra worked in the NHS on a 'Be Well' service, aiding in the promotion of healthy lifestyles in deprived areas of Lancaster. This included work with lyphoedema patients, ex-offenders and young mothers via delivery of cooking sessions and weight management courses. Debra also worked with NHS North Lancashire and liaised with other health professionals from Lancashire county council, Lancashire effectiveness service and Lancashire healthy schools, whilst completing her MSc dissertation.

Debra's previous work experiences have revolved around community health and wellbeing, weight loss interventions and nutritional impacts on lifestyle. She is extremely passionate about nutrition, healthy foods and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Her main areas of interest are healthy foods and recipes, promotion of healthy lifestyles in both adults and children, and the impact of diet on health.

Research interests

Supporting family carers to enable patient discharge from hospital in advanced disease (end of life):a qualitative study with carers and professionals to adapt evidence-based carer assessment to acute care settings. Co-researcher (2015)

Public & Patient Involvement bursary for “The Nutritional Status of Coeliac Disease patients and their risk of cancer”. NIHR Research Design Service Public Involvement Bursary. £348.34, Lead Applicant. (2013)

 

A Single blind Randomised Controlled Trial for Pre-Operative Oral Supplementation in Colorectal Cancer Patients. The British Dietetic Association. £35,793, Co-Researcher. (2013)


The influence of genetic variation in dopamine signalling on the sustainability of lifestyle interventions, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. £9838, Co-Applicant. (2011)
 

Evaluation of Lincolnshire 'Food 4 life' projects. NHS Lincolnshire. £30,937. Co - Applicant. (2011)
 

Evaluation of Sheffield - Let's Change for Life. A healthy community's challenge fund programme. Department of Health. £175,000. Co- researcher (2008)


Effectiveness of a physical activity behaviour change programme for overweight individuals and their families in nine deprived areas of Barnsley. NHS £1.1million. Co- Researcher. (2009)
 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

The Association of Nutrition

Registered Public Health Nutritionist (RNutr)   Jan 2014 onwards

Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr)     Oct 2010 - Jan 2014

Qualifications

Association for Nutrition       2014 onwards                                                                                                                                                                 Registered Public Health Nutritionist (RNutr)

University of Chester            2008-2009
MSc Public Health Nutrition                                                    

University of Manchester   2004-2008
BSc Biomedical sciences with a foundation year, 2:2                                                             

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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