14 September 2017

Sheffield experts win national Clinical Nutrition Awards

A leading expert in gut and digestive disorders from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has been named as the Clinical Nutrition Professional of the Year.

Consultant Gastroenterologist Professor David Sanders will collect the honour at the Clinical Nutrition Awards in London.

Professor Sanders was nominated for his dedication to the field of clinical nutrition and his work on coeliac disease, gastrostomy feeding, irritable bowel syndrome, gluten sensitivity, small bowel endoscopy and pancreatic exocrine insufficiency. He has had more than 300 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and his research has international reach.

Together with colleagues in the gastroenterology team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, he has helped to transform services for patients on home enteral feeding, those with coeliac disease and those with functional gut disorders.

Professor Sanders said: “I am delighted to win this award, not only for myself but the whole team, which really is one of the best of its kind in the whole country.

“This reflects that high standards of care we are able to offer to patients in Sheffield.”

A website which was developed by the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) and the MND Care Centre, led by Professor Chris McDermott (Consultant Neurologist), was also a winner.

The myTube site, which provides advice and information for people living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) who are considering having a feeding tube placed, came out on top in the Nutrition Resource of the Year category.

It was co-designed by a group of people living with MND, their carers, filmmakers Optical Jukebox, web designers Ammba Digital, researchers based at SITraN and clinicians from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. It was funded by the MND Association and Westfield Health.

It contains a series of short films documenting how people with MND made the decision to have a feeding tube placed; their experience of the tube being placed; how they use and care for the tube; and a carer’s perspective.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Home enteral feed (HEF) dietitian Sean White contributed to the films and can be seen explaining what feeding tubes are and giving practical tips.

Sean said: “I was delighted to be able to contribute to MyTube, which is a fantastic resource for patients thinking about having a feeding tube placed and highlights the experience and practicalities of living and caring for someone with a feeding tube. It is great that it has been recognised with this award.”

The awards are the latest in a series for Sheffield, confirming its status as one of the leading UK centres for gastroenterology and neurology.

In August Consultant Gastroenterologist Professor Mark McAlindon received the prestigious British Society of Gastroenterology’s Hopkins Endoscopy Prize for leading the way in the development of a technique known as capsule endoscopy.


Photo caption: Professor David Sanders

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