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Meet the CCSG committee

Meet the team behind the CCSG. Click on each committee member to find out more about their passion for critical care, the CCSG, and of course food!

To contact any CCSG committee member, email criticalcare@bda.uk.com.

If you would like more information on volunteering for the committee, and any upcoming vacancies, please see the Join the Committee page.

Chair

Emma Gaskin

Find out more about Emma

Job role: Critical Care Dietitian

Years as a registered Dietitian: 10

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: I love the constant learning and reviewing of the evidence. Critical care is an evolving area of medicine, nutrition and science and I love that. I became more interested in critical care nutrition for a couple of reasons. I enjoy the technical side, in particular metabolic changes, biochemical imbalance and how nutrition plays a role in those. I also really enjoy the MDT approach. Many people new to the specialism say to me, 'it's not for me, I like speaking with patients', however, I believe this not to be the case. In critical care I find I am communicating all the time; speaking very regularly with different MDT members, writing in patient diaries, completing anthropometric measurements, communicating with patients with sometimes alternative methods and then speaking with patients about recovery when they can; that always feels quite special considering what most go through. 

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? I really wanted to give back to the CCSG in a way that I had benefited from it for so many years. It has been such a rewarding experience; not only are you influencing the future of the CCSG, but it is also great experience, you meet and get to know so many people (Dietitians or other professionals in critical care) and it is really good fun. I would definitely recommend this as a volunteer opportunity. 

Dream meal: I particularly love Persian and Indian food, so maybe some sort of dhal or spicy stew. With a glass of wine!

Treasurer

Rowan Clemente

Find out more about Rowan

Job role: Inpatient Team Lead and Critical Care Dietitian (North Bristol NHS Trust)

Years as a registered Dietitian: 20

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: Seeing patients get better.

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? It fitted better than more NHS hours with a young family; it has allowed me to learn lots about ICU Dietetics and have some amazing opportunities but I am in control of when I do these things.

Dream meal: Anything someone else has planned, shopped for and cooked!

Secretary (job share)

Suzie Kelleher and Ruth Chinuck

Find out more about Suzie

Job role: Critical Care Dietitian (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust)

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: I enjoy working in an MDT environment with complex nutrition support patients.

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? I am keen to expand my knowledge and challenge my current practice.

Dream meal: Filet mignon, dauphinoise potatoes and creamed spinach.

Find out more about Ruth

Job role: Clinical Lead for Dietetics and Intensive Care (University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust)

Years as a registered Dietitian: Over 25 years

Favourite thing about Critical Care Dietetics: It is rich with research opportunities, and from patient/relative feedback I love seeing our long stay patients recover with our intervention and move closer to home when they are discharged from ICU.

Why did you become a volunteer for CCSG? I wanted to become more involved in ICU Dietetics and help lead an area with a group ICU Dietitians from diverse backgrounds!

Dream meal: I have Jamaican parents, so my dream meal is rice and peas with curry chicken, salad and my father's legendary pickled scotch pepper sauce and tamarind chutney

Research Officers

Danni Bear and Terpsi Karpasiti

Find out more about Danni

Job role: Principal Critical Care Dietitian and Acting Clinical and Operational Lead Dietitian (Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust).

Years as a registered Dietitian: 17

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: There are a few things: the diverse nature and complexity of the patients that we see, the amazing team work and how valued we are and seeing the patients reach their goals when they leave ICU!

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? As one of the ‘OG’ committee members, I wanted to share my passion with other critical care Dietitians and feel like I was making a difference to their development which in turn, helps patients.

Dream meal: Anything cooked on the BBQ by my Dad and eaten in the company of my family.

Find out more about Terpsi

Job role: Clinical Lead Critical Care Dietitian (Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust)

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: It is a specialty that is constantly evolving, with so many opportunities for robust research and innovation. I hugely support that Dietitians are core members of the critical care MDT, and alongside other highly skilled clinicians can have an impact by contributing to the growing evidence-base for optimising quality of care and patient recovery. 

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? To promote the value of Dietitians within critical care.

Dream meal: Greek souvlaki, of any kind.

Education Officer

Phill Johnston

Find out more about Phill

Job role: Critical Care /Trauma Dietitian (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust)

Years as a registered Dietitian: 7

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: MDT working.

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? I had started with the design of the introduction to critical care course which the CCSG is currently in the process of setting up and was really enjoying the process of seeing this product evolve over a number of months. This will help us get Dietitians upskilled and working competently within the critical care environment. I had met Emma (Chair) on the PENG course in 2017/2018 and we got speaking again through the intro course and really sold me on the roles available within the committee and thought this would be a great chance to have a positive impact on our profession. I am (and always have been) hugely passionate about the possibility of working as an advanced practice Dietitian and feel this is one of the areas we can hope to advance as being a committee member.

Dream meal: Calamari and steak.

Events Officers

Alice Rogers, Rebeca Romain and Amy Holehouse

Find out more about Alice

Job role: Critical Care Team Lead (University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust) 

Years as a registered Dietitian: 10

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: The range of different patients I get to see

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? I think the CSSG is a really important resource; especially with so many Dietitians being the only one working on ICU in their trust, having a way to share knowledge and ideas is invaluable.

Dream meal: Veggie lasagne with garlic bread

Find out more about Rebeca

Job role: Critical Care Lead Dietitian (University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board) 

Years as a registered Dietitian: 8

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: My favourite aspects of working within Critical Care are how integrated and valued within the multi-disciplinary team Dietitians are. I find it especially rewarding working with the MDT to manage complex nutritional scenarios in order to provide our patients with the best care possible. I also love the fact that the critical care caseload is so varied – patients having different conditions, being at different stages of their critical care journey and requiring different routes of nutrition. Meaning you learn something new everyday and never get bored.

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? I am passionate about supporting development and education within my local team. Therefore, the events officer role stood out to me as it gives me the opportunity to expand on this by shaping future study days, webinars and CPD events for all CCSG members across the UK. I was also keen to be able to help further promote the dietetic profession and learn from and bounce ideas off others working within critical care.

Dream meal: Being a big fan of the Off Menu podcast, this question has crossed my mind many times! After many hours of thinking, I have narrowed it down to anything cheesy that comes with a glass of wine! 

Find out more about Amy

Job role: Critical Care Lead Dietitian (St James's University Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust) 

Years as a registered Dietitian: 8

Favourite thing about Critical Care Dietetics: My two favourite aspects of CC Dietetics are the wide range of patients that we see, we have 5 Critical Care units at LTHT - 2 Surgical and Oncology units, 1 Trauma unit, 1 Neuro - specialist and 1 Cardiac - specialist, no 2 days are the same and being able to see such a wide array of conditions and the impact nutrition has on recovery keeps the job interesting and me on my toes. My second favourite aspect is how integral multi-disciplinary working is to our patients care plans and often being the patient's voice for their nutritional plan makes me feel a very valuable part of that.

Why did you become a volunteer for CCSG? The role really stood out to me as an opportunity to impact the development opportunities we can offer and deliver as a specialist group. 

Dream meal: Crispy Chilli Squid (Wagamama), Main: Nduja pizza (Rudy's), Pudding: Trifle (made by my Grandma)

Social Media Officers

Lisa Corrigan and Chloé McMurray

Find out more about Lisa

Job role: Specialist Dietitian – Major Trauma (NHS Lothian)

Years as a registered Dietitian: 15

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: I love the pace of critical care and variation in patients we see. There is always something new to learn, it definitely keeps you on your toes! I find it hugely rewarding to see patients who are very unwell recover and to be part of their journey. The body’s response to critical illness is fascinating and advocating for excellent nutrition within the wider MDT is very exciting! 

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? Volunteering for CCSG is something I have always wanted to achieve, I have gained a lot from being a member and I wanted to be able to give back and use my knowledge and experience in critical care to contribute to resources, guidelines etc. The opportunity to work as a close team and use our collective voice to raise the profile of critical care dietitians is something I am very grateful for. 

Dream meal: Pad Thai and raspberry pavlova with extra cream.

Find out more about Chloé

Job role: Critical Care and HPB Dietitian (North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust)

Years as a registered Dietitian: 5

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: I love being able to help support patients in a time when they cannot help/support themselves, and helping to enable patients in recovery and rehabilitation is so rewarding.

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? To help promote our role and profession. I think it’s important for people to see the community we are, the importance of our speciality and share in our knowledge and skills. 

Dream meal: Loaded nachos, pizza and cookie dough.

Website Officer

Felicity Gove

Find out more about Felicity

Job role: Specialist Critical Care Dietitian and Team Lead (Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Years as a registered Dietitian: 9

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: I enjoy problem solving, and providing optimum nutrition to such complex patients is exactly the kind of challenge I love! It’s also great to be such a valued MDT member and work so closely with other professionals.

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? To help with the brilliant work the group does to support Dietitians in this speciality and promote our profession.

Dream meal: Seafood platter, macaroni cheese, hot chocolate fudge cake and ice cream.

Sponsorship Officer

Niamh Hennessy

Find out more about Niamh

Job role: Lead Dietitian, Directorate Manager Primary Care & Diagnostics (Cromwell Hospital)

Dream meal: Homemade pizza with chorizo, Nduja sausage and caramelised red onion.

Resource Officer

Lizzie Brown

Find out more about Lizzie

Job role: Critical Care Dietitian (Barts NHS Trust, London)

Years as a registered Dietitian: 9

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: I find it such a fascinating area to work in. I love the variety of patients you see and it's so rewarding to be involved in a patients journey to recovery.

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? I have found being a member of the CCSG such a useful resource as a critical care Dietitian and wanted to give something back.

Dream meal: Roast lamb or anything freshly caught from the ocean - with a cheeky glass of wine on the side =)

Ordinary Members

Lucy Myers and Debbie Harman

Find out more about Lucy

Job role: Senior Specialist Critical Care Dietitian (North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester University Foundation Trust)

Years as a registered Dietitian: 7

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: The complexity of patients and adapting nutrition support to meet their ever changing needs as well as the opportunity for effective multi-disciplinary working. 

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? I decided I would like the additional challenge and opportunity to work with like-minded people who are passionate about critical care dietetics and promote the role of the critical care Dietitian.

Dream meal: Chicken caesar salad followed by tiramisu!

Find out more about Debbie

Job role: Specialist Critical Care Dietitian (Royal Papworth Hospital)

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: Variety of conditions and complexities.

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? The opportunity to give back to our CCSG community, as well as get involved behind the scenes!

Dream meal: Katsu tofu burgers.

Student Member

Lucy Walton

Find out more about Lucy

Job role: MSc Student Dietitian at Teesside University

Years as a registered Dietitian: Zero, yet! But I’ve been a registered Nutritionist for 1 year.

Favourite aspect of Critical Care Dietetics: I’m very new to the area but excited to learn more!

Why did you become a volunteer for the CCSG? I am passionate about student voices being heard and hope to improve the engagement of students within specialist groups and the BDA. As the future generation of Dietitians, I think we have a key role to play and new, fresh skill sets to offer. As students we can learn to much from experienced and senior Dietitians and I believe my role as a volunteer will help me to communicate this and give students the opportunity to learn.

Dream meal: Tomato and garlic prawn linguine with a side of cheesy garlic bread and warm chocolate brownie with ice cream.