Sian Shepherd has over 25 years experience within the National Health Service. Most recently she was a Band 7 Bank Dietitian working at The Whittington Hospital in London providing services to patients in association with the Gastroenterology team. She regularly has undertaken dietetic bank assignments on behalf of The Royal Free Hospital, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals. Her previous most recent NHS bank assignment was Neuroendocrine Dietitian based at The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead. Prior to this she worked with Neurological and Elderly patients at The Whittington Hospital. She was gastroenterology Dietitian at The Homerton Hospital, Neurology/Stroke Dietitian at Kings College Hospital London and between 2004 and 2011 was a Dietitian at The Royal Marsden Hospitals based in Fulham Road and Sutton. She has run a comprehensive, private dietetic consultancy practice at The Cavell Hospital since 2002 and at The Kings Oak Hospital since 2008.
Her main specialisations are: gastroenterology – Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Coeliac disease, GORD/GERD and liver disease. Other specialisations include: nutritional support for oncology patients, dysphagia, Type II diabetes, lipid lowering diets (cholesterol and triglycerides) and weight management.
Prior to 2004, Sian worked for several years as a Dietitian with Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust and The North Middlesex NHS Trusts. In this capacity she worked closely with the Head and Neck Oncology, Gastroenterology and Diabetes teams, in addition to making regular contributions to The Cardiac Rehabilitation Education programme at Chase Farm.
Sian graduated from the University of Surrey with an Honours Degree in Nutrition, having trained as a student Dietitian at St Bartholomew's Hospital and the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.
Sian was fortunate in her early career to be contracted by the UN as a Nutritionist in Lesotho working on behalf of The World Food Programme supporting a range of food aid programmes.
She holds a post-graduate Teaching Certificate in Adult Education and in 2014 completed an extensive Behavioural Change Training course. She has also successfully completed Kings College London FODMAP Course, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Parenteral and Enteral Clinical Update Course and in 2013 was awarded a Professional Development Award by the BDA.
In 2005 after Accreditation as a Sports Dietitian, she was admitted onto the prestigious National Sports and Exercise Nutritionist (SENR) register resigning in 2011 to focus on clinical commitments. In 2006/07 she worked with Hertfordshire Sports Development Unit advising many of the junior county sports teams regarding nutrition and fluid requirements and has worked with other elite athletes at national and local level in the world of badminton, sailing and judo.
Sian lives in Winchmore Hill with her husband. She has three adult children and enjoys cycling, gym, aerobics and the theatre, in addition to skiing and sailing whenever the opportunity arises.