Fiona Willingham
Highly Specialist Renal Dietitian

Fiona graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997, and has worked as a specialist renal dietitian since 1998. She worked as Clinical Lead Renal Dietitian at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust from 2004-2020, leading and developing nutrition and dietetic provision to Renal Services. In June 2020 she joined East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust as a Specialist Renal Dietitian. She has a wealth of experience working with patients with all stages of Chronic Kidney Disease, and has particular areas of interest and expertise in pre-dialysis, haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

She is actively involved in teaching, and was Education Lead for the British Dietetic Association Renal Nutrition Group from 2013-2017. She has worked with the BDA to lead development and updating the Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3-5 Course, and regularly teaches on the course. Fiona is also a Specialist Visiting Lecturer to the Dietetic Programmes at University of Nottingham and Sheffield Hallam University.

Fiona has also been actively involved in research throughout her career, contributing to several small multidisciplinary research projects. She completed her MSc Nephrology in 2012, and has received several research grants and awards. In 2017 she was awarded a Kidney Research UK Allied Health Professions Fellowship to undertake her PhD at the University of Nottingham, exploring the benefits of exercise, nutritional intervention, and multidisciplinary education upon physical function, nutritional status and quality of life outcomes for patients commencing dialysis. She has contributed to several peer reviewed publications, and is also Research and Audit Lead for the Renal Nutrition Group.