Kirsty graduated as a qualified Dietitian at Ulster University in 2010. Clinically, she has worked on a variety of acute wards and clinics at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) before being promoted as a specialist Gastroenterology Paediatric Dietitian at the Children's Hospital until 2013.
In 2013, Kirsty undertook a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Masters fellowship in clinical research at the University of Southampton. Her research explored the nutritional status of COPD patients undertaking pulmonary rehabilitation and found a high prevalence of malnutrition in this cohort. Keen to pursue her research interests she has recently completed a PhD investigating the causes, consequences and public health implications of low B-vitamin status in ageing at Ulster University. The research into the role of B-vitamins as predictors of cognitive health in ageing was recently awarded the Best Abstract in Northern Ireland and the Best Public Health Abstract at the British Dietetic Association (BDA) research symposium and the Best Original Communication at the Nutrition Society Winter Conference in London 2016.
Dietetic specific modules including undergraduate and postgraduate modules including the priniciples and practice of dietetics, gastroenterology, paediatrics and nutrition support.
Kirsty is keen to continue her research from her PhD into the effect of B-vitamins in ageing with a particular interest of optimising B-vitamin status through fortified foods and supplements to help… read more
Kirsty is keen to continue her research from her PhD into the effect of B-vitamins in ageing with a particular interest of optimising B-vitamin status through fortified foods and supplements to help maintain health throughout life. Other research interests include paediatrics, gastroenterology, diabetes and cognition. Body composition in relation to chronic disease is also a area of interest.
Whilst in Southampton, I was on the Southampton meal time assistance study team. This study involved the education and supervision of volunteers to support the elderly inpatients with nutrition. I jointly developed a training programme for participants on medical trials on nutrition and safe feeding practice which has now been adopted Trust wide.