Prescribing Support Consultant Dietitian, Pharmacy & Medicines Optimisation
Alison Smith has been qualified as a Registered Dietitian for 25 years, and since 2013 has worked as a Prescribing Support Dietitian within a Clinical Commissioning Group. Her role focusses on appropriate prescribing of nutrition products, with a particular remit for prevention, identification and appropriate treatment of malnutrition using a food based approach. Alison’s particular interests include malnutrition, hydration, nutrition screening, care homes, frailty, sarcopenia, dysphagia, dementia, pressure injury and end of life. Alison has been a committee member of the Older People Specialist Group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) for 12 years. In 2021 Alison was made a Fellow of the BDA for her services to the profession. Alison is a Specialist Adviser for the Care Quality Commission regarding nutrition in social care, and she is also the chair of both the Department of Health Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS) and the PrescQIPP Nutrition Virtual Professional Group.