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Prescribing Support Consultant Dietitian, Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group, Chair, Older People Specialist Group, British Dietetic Association and Specialist Advisor, Care Quality Commission

Alison Smith

I have been qualified as a Dietitian for more than 20 years, and for the last 7 years have worked as a Prescribing Support Dietitian within a Clinical Commissioning Group. My role focusses on appropriate prescribing of all products relating to nutrition, with a particular remit for appropriate prescription of oral nutritional supplements and appropriate identification and treatment of malnutrition. My particular interests include malnutrition, care homes, dysphagia, dementia, frailty, pressure ulcers and end of life.

I am currently the chair of the Older People Specialist Group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA), and as part of my role I have represented dietitians working with older people on a number of national initiatives and spoken at many national conferences.

I am a Specialist Adviser for the Care Quality Commission, taking part in care home inspections and advising inspectors on appropriate nutritional care, a BDA Ambassador and I am also the chair of the Department of Health Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances.