Behaviour Change

In this webinar, Sam will discuss:

  • What is the Behaviour change approach?
  • How do we work in a person centred way?
  • Some examples from my own dietetic practice

NICE guidance recommends the use of 'evidence-based behaviour change techniques' for example behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing. NICE highlight three important features for effective interventions:

  • goal setting and creating an action plan
  • providing feedback and effective monitoring
  • exploring social support

For behaviour change to be facilitated well, good communication skills are vital as this plays a huge role in the outcome. This includes both verbal and non verbal communication. It is also essential that practitioners are given the training and supervision needed to be able to incorporate behaviour change into their practice.

Meet the Speaker

Sam is a HCPC Registered Dietitian, Full Member of the British Dietetic Association and Director of Sunlight Nutrition Limited and Behaviour Change Training. 

Sam trained as a Dietitian at the University of Nottingham 2003-2007. She has a great variety of clinical dietetic experience. Her first dietetic post was working across Queens Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital in a rotational post. She then moved to Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospital Trust where she worked in adult gastroenterology, surgical and ITU wards for 2 years before moving into Paediatrics.

Sam stayed in her role as a Specialist Paediatric Dietitian for 5 years. She worked on the paediatric wards, in outpatients and in special schools. In 2016 Sam took on a new role as a Specialist Schools Dietitian. In 2017 Sam formed Sunlight Nutrition Limited with her colleague Lynda Rigley. 

Sam specialises in working with children and adults with complex injuries including brain and spinal injuries. Sam supports individuals to manage their weight to enhance their recovery and rehabilitation. Sam works with children and their families to support them to manage a range of feeding difficulties including food allergy, reflux, sensory feeding disorders, autism and ARFID. In all of her work Sam recognises the importance of developing a helping relationship and taking time to truly understand the reality of what people are experiencing on a day to day basis.  

Sam has worked as a facilitator on the Behaviour Change Training Courses since 2009 and in 2019 Sam took over the management of Behaviour Change Training from Dympna Pearson. Sam has worked tirelessly to modernise and evolve the business into the virtual world we find ourselves in today.

Sam lives on a farm in rural Nottinghamshire with her family and is passionate about growing, cooking and enjoying food!

Behaviour Change
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