Mrs Jen Carroll

Mrs Jen Carroll

Lecturer in Dietetic Practice

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences)


I have an active teaching role, leading the 'dietetics in practice' module in year 2 and the dietetic sessions for the inter-professional ‘preparation for professional practice’ module in year 1.  My clinical experience informs my approach to teaching where I seek to prepare students to bridge the gap between their academic background and a career in clinical practice. I supervise final year dissertations and deliver clinical supervisory skills training to practice educators across the South West.


I completed my honours degree in Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork, Ireland and undertook a Masters in Dietetics at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh graduating in 2008.  I went on to work as a dietitian in the NHS specialising in paediatric dietetics, developing expertise in a wide range of areas; neonatal medicine, gastroenterology, metabolic disorders and neurology, faltering growth, obesity, allergies, and respiratory. While working as a senior specialist paediatric dietitian at The University Hospitals of Leicester; I redesigned and led the dietetic ketogenic diet service providing a bespoke service for children with intractable epilepsy and metabolic disorders.


2016     PgCert in Higher Education, University of Nottingham

2013     PgCert Behaviour Change, University of Nottingham

2008     MSc Dietetics RD, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

2006     BSc (Hons) Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork Ireland

Professional membership

Member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA)

Registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Member of The Ketogenic Professional Advisory Group  (KetoPAG)

Member of the Ketogenic Dietitians Research Network (KDRN)


Roles on external bodies

2015 - Practice based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) Advisory Group

2016 - Member of thePractice Education Working Group for the British Dietetic Association (BDA)


Teaching interests

I teach a range of clinical dietetics on the undergraduate dietetics programme and my specialist areas are;

- Paediatrics

- Nutritional support

- Neurology (use of ketogenic diet therapy)

- Communication skills and behaviour change.

Research interests

My research area of interest is the use of ketogenic diet therapy for neurological conditions but predominantly childhood epilepsy.

I am leading a study to develop a set of 'Core Outcomes for Refractory Epilepsy treated with Ketogenic Diet Therapy (CORE-KDT). The study will identify core outcomes to be measured in clinical effectiveness trials but will also guide health care professionals when undertaking audit or service evaluation in clinical practice. Parents, health care professionals and relevant charities will be consulted to ensure the core outcome set reflects the interests of all and facilitates future decision making. 

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