Speakers

We are delighted to have a range of speakers presenting at Dietitians shaping the future of Scotland’s health on 14 September in Dunfermline. More details on what they will be talking about are below:

The morning session will be overseen by Dr Fiona McCullough, BDA Honorary Chair and the afternoon session will be overseen by Susan Shandley.


   

Jan Beattie

Allied Health Professions Officer for Primary Care, Scottish Government and Chair for the Lavender Touch.

Profile – Currently seconded to the Scottish Government as the Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) Officer for Primary Care. Her portfolio includes working with GPs to improve patient pathways and the development and legislative processes of  Non-Medical prescribing for AHPs, she has a particular interest in improvement methodology. Jan has over 30 years’ experience of working in healthcare in a variety of roles covering clinical care, management and service improvement. Away from work Jan is a founding member and continues to lead the work of a Scottish Borders based charity The Lavender Touch.

Jan will be presenting The changing role of dietitians and the opportunities still to come.

Summary – To highlight the opportunities for dietitians to maximise their contribution to health and social care in the context of national policy and programmes. 


 

Ruth Campbell, RD, BSc, MPH

Consultant Dietitian in Public Health Nutrition, NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

Profile – Ruth has worked as a dietitian in acute and primary care, and in industry in various parts of the UK. Ruth has specialised in public health nutrition for the last 19 years. Prior to joining NHS Ayrshire & Arran in 2010, Ruth was the national Infant Nutrition Co-ordinator at the Scottish Government where she led the development of the Maternal and Infant Nutrition Framework. Ruth is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate at Glasgow Caledonian University, the aim of her research is to assess the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women living in Ayrshire.    

Ruth will be presenting alongside Joyce Thompson Scotland’s Workplace Health – is the NHS leading by example? 

Summary – NHS Scotland employs just over 161,000 people and as a workplace offers prime opportunity to support improvements to staff health and wellbeing. Eating habits at work can influence food and drink choices made at home and so have the potential to impact on the eating habits of other family members. Joyce and Ruth will facilitate a discussion on whether the NHS is truly leading by example in terms of the food and drink environment and the role of the dietetic profession in promoting nutritional wellbeing in the workplace.


Elaine Gardner

Freelance Dietitian and Member of BDA Work Ready Steering Group

Profile - Elaine is an experienced freelance dietitian that specializes in Public Health. As an author of the evidence-based report that underpins the BDA WorkReady Programme and White Paper, she is a member of the Work Ready Steering Group. Elaine is an accredited WorkReady Dietitian, involved with workplace health in a number of companies and organisations and has recently published a nutrition review in the journal Occupational Health at Work.
She also works with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has a key interest in Adolescent Nutrition.

Elaine will be presenting on the BDA Work Ready Programme

Summary - The BDA Work Ready Programme is based on a 4 phased approach in the workplace that assesses and measures nutritional needs, works with partners, uses a variety of unique tools and monitors, evaluates and reports on results. The session will examine some of the materials available to support dietitians in this approach.


 

Mairead Keegan (Bsc, Accredited FODMAP Dietitian)

Senior Specialist Dietitian, NHS Lanarkshire.

Profile  Mairead is a Senior Specialist Dietitian at Hairmyres Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire. Since completing her low FODMAP training in 2012, she has been actively involved in promoting this treatment. Mairead is passionate about this area of dietetics and has spoken at various dietetic study days. In addition to this, she lectures to both undergraduate and postgraduate dietetic students on the low FODMAP diet. She has also published articles for the AHP blog on the effectiveness of this dietary intervention. Mairead is actively involved with both the Scottish Dietitian’s Leadership Network and Delivering Outpatient Integration Together: gastroenterology collaboration for IBS.

Mairead will be presenting Innovation in Practice – use of FODMAPs in Scotland. 

Summary  The low FODMAP diet has not only changed dietetic practice but also the outcome for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Due to the effectiveness of this dietary approach, dietetic services are struggling to cope with demand. Therefore, service redesign and group workshops are essential to provide this dietary intervention.


Dr Myra Mackenzie

Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, Robert Gordon University

Myra qualified as a dietitian in 1980, and has worked in a  variety of roles across the UK. She carried out her PhD at the University of Surrey on Diet and Functional Bowel Disorders. Her most recent clinical role was as Home Enteral Tube Feeding dietitian with NHS Grampian, and she has been a lecturer at RGU since 2009.  

Current research interests include the role of the dietitian in promoting nutritional care in vulnerable groups, food security and community engagement.  

Myra will be presenting alongside Tracy Moynihan Innovation in Practice – experiences of dietitians working with homeless people

Summary – Good food needn't cost the earth. How can we help our service users cook tasty, nutritious food with minimal cooking fuel and less time in the kitchen and be green too? We give you the "Canny cooker!"


Helen McFarlane

Our Voice Programme Director, Scottish Health Council

Profile - Helen is newly appointed to a 12 month secondment as the Programme Director for Our Voice. The aim of the programme is to strengthen the voice of the service users and the general public at individual, service and national levels for health and care services across Scotland. She have just finished working at Scottish Government as Associate Chief Health Professions Officer providing maternity cover and leading on the development of an AHP workforce and workload measurement tool. Her substantive post was the AHP Programme Director at NHS Education for Scotland where she led on a range of programmes to support education and development of AHPs across Scotland since 2006. Qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1987, Helen worked with adults with learning disabilities in many parts of the UK. She has a passion for improving communication skills and helping services to genuinely listen and respond to the people who use their services.

Tracy will present Our Voice empowering service users.


 

Gillian McMillan BSc (Hons) RD

Specialist Dietitian, Mental Health, NHS Lanarkshire.

Profile  Gillian McMillan is a Specialist Dietitian working within mental health services in NHS Lanarkshire for the past 12 years. She has a specific interest in the nutritional care of people with dementia and the impact the dietitians can have. Over the past three years she has been a member of the Alzheimer Scotland AHP Dementia Expert Group, contributing to work on the role allied health professionals have to play in dementia care as part of the Scottish National Dementia Strategy. Gillian is also the author of the NDR-UK leaflet Eating Well with Dementia – A carers' guide.

Gillian will present Connecting People, Connecting Support:  'What can a Dietitian do for me?'

Summary  The session will explore the new Alzheimer Scotland AHP document 'Connecting People, Connecting Support' and what this means for dietitians in practice today. It will discuss the role dietitians can play in dementia care, and the resources available to help support dietitians improve our day-to-day experiences with people who have dementia, their friends and families.


 

Tracy Moynihan

Community Dietitian Health Promotion, NHS Ayrshire and Arran Dietetic Health Promotion Team.

Profile –  Tracy qualified as a Dietitian 27 years ago and it has been a fast, varied and very interesting career so far! For the last 14 years, she has worked in a variety of areas including acute, community, mental health and now health promotion. Their small Dietetic Health Promotion team works to promote good nutrition and practical cooking skills in their communities by providing training to a variety of different services to pass on to their service users. She is passionate about good, nutritious, tasty food but appreciates flexibility when working with people – "where they are at" is essential to capturing "buy in" from the harder to reach groups.

Tracy will be presenting alongside Myra Mackenzie Innovation in Practice – experiences of dietitians working with homeless people

Summary – Good food needn't cost the earth. How can we help our service users cook tasty, nutritious food with minimal cooking fuel and less time in the kitchen and be green too? We give you the "Canny cooker!"


Evelyn Newman

Evelyn holds a unique post as the strategic nutrition and dietetics advisor for care homes in NHS Highland. She works within the adult social care team, supporting residents and service users in a range of social care settings across the North of Highland. Her role aims to raise awareness and standards of food, fluid and nutrition in supporting people to stay well and safe in homely settings.

Evelyn qualified as a dietitian from Robert Gordon’s University in 1986 and spent most of her career working in England in a range of primary secondary, tertiary and national organisations. She has a long history of representing the British Dietetic Association in a variety of elected Council roles and committees and is a member of the organising committee which has planned and developed this first national conference for the Scottish profession.

Evelyn will be presenting Supporting and empowering service users and carers - Rabbit stew anyone? Social care dietetic student placements.

Summary - The presentation will describe innovative multi-agency, social care placements which have been developed, and continue to evolve, in home care settings. Elements of the work which students have carried out will be described, including one which came runner up at the Scottish dementia awards last year. It aims to inspire dietetic colleagues in other parts of Scotland to consider piloting social care placements, linked to conventional placements and to help plan a workforce for sustaining the profession in an integrated health and social care model of care.


 

Robert Packham

Chief Officer, Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership.

Profile – Robert Packham trained as a Chartered Physiotherapist. He began his career in the North East of England and became the Head of Physiotherapy at the University Hospital in Newcastle. His career in Scotland began in Fife where he became the first AHP Manager while continuing to practice clinically as a specialist in soft tissue and joint disorders. After a period of secondment to radiology he moved to Edinburgh where after working as the AHP Manager he became Head of Health for the new Midlothian Health & Social Care Partnership. Moving to NHS Tayside as AHP Director in 2014, Robert was successful in being appointed as Chief Officer for Perth & Kinross, starting in September 2015.

Robert will present A View from the Bridge.

Summary – Health & social care integration is the most significant change to public services in recent history. What does it mean for people, for communities and for professional practice?


 

Debbie Provan

National AHP Lead for Cancer Rehabilitation and Macmillan; TCAT Project Lead for NHS Ayrshire; and Arran, Scottish Government and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Profile – After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University, Debbie went on to work as a community dietitian in the North of England. It was there that Debbie was able to specialise in home enteral tube feeding and oncology, whilst also developing her leadership and management skills. In 2009 she returned to Scotland to became a Macmillan Project Lead Dietitian. Since then she has led a number of award-winning projects and developed robust partnerships with third sector organisations specialising in cancer. She is a member of the Scotland Board of the BDA, an Executive Board Member of the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network, and co-facilitates AHP Scot Blog, the official blog for AHPs in Scotland.  

Debbie will be presenting Preventing cancer in Scotland: what's happening and how can we help?

Summary – With cancer incidence continuing to rise year-on-year and the maintenance of a healthy body weight being the single most important factor for cancer prevention after not-smoking, Debbie will outline Scotland's cancer strategy, highlight the importance of the dietetic contribution and challenge our strategic and professional response.


Carrie Ruxton

Board Member, Food Standards Scotland

Profile - Carrie Ruxton has been a freelance dietitian for more than 10 years working on a range of projects for the public sector (obesity strategies, malnutrition audit) as well as the food and drink industry e.g. product development and reformulation, stakeholder engagement, scientific research and review, health claims and nutrition training. Carrie served on the Scottish Food Advisory Committee from 2008-2015 before joining the Board of the new Food Standards Scotland in 2015.

Carrie will be presenting the role of Food Standards Scotland in improving the Scottish diet

Summary - The launch of Food Standards Scotland (FSS) provides an exciting opportunity to consider new ideas for improving food and nutrition intakes in Scotland, with the ultimate aim of tackling health inequalities in partnership with others. This presentation will review the Scottish diet, highlighting the lack of progress over the past few decades, and present a range of options that are now under consideration by the FSS board.


Joyce Thompson RD, BSc, MPH

Dietetic Consultant in Public Health Nutrition, NHS Tayside and BDA Scotland Board Chair.

Profile – In 1983 Joyce began her clinical career with the Highland Health Board and subsequently became the nutrition and dietetic manager for Angus Unit (Tayside). Joyce spent two years on secondment at the Post Graduate Nutrition and Dietetic Centre in Aberdeen prior to taking up post in 2004 as NHS Tayside Dietetic Consultant for Public Health Nutrition. Joyce has responsibility for leading on the development, implementation and evaluation of a strategic and multi-agency approach to public health and clinical nutrition. She is also the lead clinician for the Tayside Nutrition Managed Clinical Network and the professional dietetic lead for NHS Tayside.

Joyce will be presenting alongside Ruth Campbell Scotland’s Workplace Health – is the NHS leading by example? 

Summary – NHS Scotland employs just over 161,000 people and as a workplace, offers prime opportunity to support improvements to staff health and wellbeing. Eating habits at work can influence food and drink choices made at home and so have the potential to impact on the eating habits of other family members. Joyce and Ruth will facilitate a discussion on whether the NHS is truly leading by example in terms of the food and drink environment and the role of the dietetic profession in promoting nutritional wellbeing in the workplace.