University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Specialist paediatric dietitian

Kim Novell has worked within paediatric dietetics for five years, and joined the neurology team at UHS in February 2012.

Her focus is on the new ketogenic diet service for children with difficult to control epilepsy. She works with children and their families to tailor diet to their requirements, and provide advice and support to help them adapt to the diet.

Along with the paediatric neurology consultants and epilepsy nurse specialists, Kim runs a monthly ketogenic diet clinic to initiate and monitor the effectiveness of the child’s diet. In between clinic appointments, Kim and her team have regular phone contact with families to fine tune the diet in order to optimise seizure control.

Kim also works with the gastroenterology team with children who have a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal failure, those requiring parenteral nutrition and children with complex feeding issues.