I embarked on a degree in Forensic Biology and Biology. Following completion of my degree I was recommended by the university to gain experience as a dietetic assistant before applying for the postgraduate diploma in dietetics. With 2 years of dietetic assistant experience I was able to apply to university for a postgraduate and choose my university of choice. I attended Leeds Metropolitan University where I enjoyed 2 years of classroom based learning and work based placements.
Through previous experience and guidance for the university I managed to secure my ideal role as a band 5 community position in Staffordshire. I progressed rapidly to band 6 completing my competencies and readily taking on new clinical areas, training and projects within my role.
After 2 years I requested that I started covering paediatric patients, this started with shadowing clinics, peer review and undertaking module 1 in paediatrics. Once established in my competencies I then continued to develop my knowledge areas seeing more complex home enteral fed patients and working as part of multidisciplinary teams. After another 2 years in the role I decided I needed a new challenge and I applied for the role of paediatric team leader this allowed me to drive projects, guidelines and audit, whilst keeping a happy motivated team.
It was whilst I was completing this role that I was encouraged by an ex-colleague to apply for a role in industry. My first year in industry was as a paediatric territory manager for the West midlands. After a year in the field I applied for a role as the medical affairs dietitian for allergy, as I had clinical experience of paediatric allergy in the NHS and a year as a representative in the field. I find both the clinical and field experience invaluable to help with insights and knowledge to help develop resources for our product which benefit both patients and clinicians. The fast pace of industry means that our role is all about continuous professional development; working with consumers and clinicians to gain up to date knowledge, understanding and reflecting to ensure our products and offerings are the best they can be.