Jen gained a First Class BSc Hons in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where she was also recognised for her high achievements. Jen moved to Brussels in July 2013 where she worked as an independent dietitian before moving back to make her home in the Cotswolds in 2016.
Jen has several years experience working for the NHS covering areas including; weight management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gastroenterology, surgery, cancer and enteral feeding. She has worked with inpatients as well as in community settings.
Working privately in Brussels for three years, Jen provided dietary advice to the English-speaking community. During this time, she worked closely with the Schuman Medical Practice to establish a healthy eating group (with a difference!), as well as running daily clinics for people seeking advice on weight management, IBS, allergies and diabetes.
Jen is adept at designing and delivering group education programmes in areas including; healthy eating, cooking skills, weight management, cardiology and other chronic diseases. More recently she specialises in nutrition before and after bariatric surgery.
Jen has contributed to or coordinated several health initiative projects, and is trained in health promotion with both adults and children. Jen also holds a level two qualification in Food and Nutrition Skills for the Early Years and was a regular guest speaker at the Mum and Baby Group run by Antenatal and Baby Brussels.
Currently, Jen works as a Specialist Weight Management Dietitian. She works in a psychology-focused service that encourages a step-by-step approach to lifestyle change, starting with supporting people in noticing what things influence their weight. As such, Jen works with a holistic approach, and appreciates that for most people, managing weight is not just about food; other things such as sleep, pain, low mood and how we think and feel about ourselves are important factors to consider.