Clinical Nurse Specialist in Obesity, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Kirsten is currently a clinical nurse specialist in obesity at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is fully registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and is an allied health professional member of the British Obesity and Metabolic surgery society (BOMSS).

Kirsten has spent the last 10 years of her career working in the field of obesity, encouraging patients through both intensive weight management programmes and bariatric surgery. She offers advice, education and acts as a resource to both patients and their families, including running support groups to encourage and facilitate peer support. She particularly enjoys working with young people and has sound experience of working with adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery.

Teaching is a particular passion for Kirsten. She is involved in organising and speaking at conferences or professional meetings, on obesity management and has worked closely with industry in the past, delivering training to health care professionals. She has also given talks at support groups for the British Obesity Society Patients Association (BOSPA).

She sits on the Nutrition Steering Committee at Addenbrookes hospital. This group helps to develop strategies to ensure adherence to NICE quality standards for obesity. It also promotes health and well-being for staff and patients, around nutrition. It aims to influence the bigger picture, for example, by looking at what is provided and promoted by food outlets in the hospital setting.

Prior to this, Kirsten was matron at the day Treatment Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridge. She was responsible for infection control throughout the centre and was influential in policy developments to improve quality care.

Kirsten has a strong background at both a clinical and managerial level in nursing, is a passionate patient advocate, and is enthused by the opportunity to support and empower people in her role as a professional advisor with OEN-UK.