05 Jan 2022
Fiona Moor is an Assistant Professor in Dietetics at Coventry University, who was awarded a BDA Fellowship in 2021.
We spoke to Fiona to find out what it means to have won the award.
What does it mean to you to have been awarded with the Fellowship honour?
It is a great honour to have received this from the BDA and I would like to thank those who nominated me. When I received the letter from the Chair, it came as a total surprise and I was gobsmacked. I have done a lot for the BDA over the years and it was nice to have this appreciated.
What drove you to become a dietitian in the first place and be where you are today?
I like food and cooking and wanted a job helping people, so dietetics seemed to be the ideal career. I have worked in a number of roles including clinical and management and I've now turned to education. I have always been interested in this aspect of dietetics and was actively involved in student training during my time in the NHS.
Who would you say inspires you both dietetically but also non-dietetically?
People like Linda Hindle inspire me. She has helped to raise the profile of dietetics across large non-NHS organisations and shown how dietitians can be involved in improving the health of the nation.
Non-dietetically I am inspired by my 27-year-old daughter, who at 24 had an accident that left her paralysed from the waist down. Despite all the odds, with sheer grit and determination, she is managing to walk again, with crutches, a few steps at a time.
What advice would you give to future dietitians?
You can achieve what you want to achieve. Go out there and shout about our role and the impacts we can have on the nutritional health of others.
What has been the highlight of your dietetic career to date?
Presenting at the 17th International Congress of Dietetics in 2016.