Somek & Associates' Jessica Thurston, Head of Medico-legal Operations and...
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BSc (Hons) Physiology, MSc Dietetics
Since 2003, I have held the position of mental health dietetic lead for mental health and eating disorders in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB). I am a member of the All Wales CAMHS and Adult subgroup, which report to the Welsh Assembly Government. I represent dietetics in Wales in a number of forums. I am the lead for record keeping within dietetics in the UHB.
I also work on a freelance sessional basis with the Cardiff Student Support Centre and counselling services at the University of Wales in Cardiff. Here, I undertake clinical specialist dietetic input for students and staff presenting with eating disorders and other nutrition-related conditions. At Cardiff Metropolitan University, I am a guest lecturer presenting in the areas of mental health and eating disorders to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dietetic students.
I provide specialist dietetic input to Orbis Education and Care service since 2012. This is a private education and residential service for adults and children on the Autistic Spectrum with complex health and behavioural issues. I provide specialist eating disorders training to national specialist private units across the UK through Knights Absorb. I undertake proof reading and assessment work with Cambridge English assessment services who undertake assessments from oversees Dietitians seeking work and UK registration status.
I provide specialist dietetic supervision to junior dietitians.
Additionally, I undertake general freelance dietetic work on a consultancy basis.
I accept instructions from both claimant and defendant solicitors and Insurers. I have undergone training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.
• Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
• British Dietetic Association (BDA)
• Freelance Dietitians Association Group (FDG)
• Eating Disorders Association (B-eat)
• Mental Health Dietitians Interest Group
• Autism Dietitians Interest Group