Mrs Jen Carroll

Mrs Jen Carroll

Lecturer in Dietetic Practice

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)


Programme lead for MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Paediatric Dietetics and MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Dietetics. 

Lecturer on BSc (hons) Dietetics where my clinical experience informs my approach to teaching, preparing students to bridge the gap between their academic background and a career in clinical practice. I coordinate our undergraduate clinical placements and deliver clinical supervisory skills training to practice educators across the South West.



I completed my honours degree in Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork, Ireland and undertook a MSc in Dietetics at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh graduating in 2008. I went on to work as a dietitian in the NHS specialising in paediatric dietetics, developing expertise in a wide range of areas including neonatal medicine, gastroenterology, metabolic disorders and neurology, faltering growth, obesity, allergies, and respiratory. While working as a senior specialist paediatric dietitian at The University Hospitals of Leicester; I redesigned and led the dietetic ketogenic diet service providing a bespoke service for children with intractable epilepsy and metabolic disorders.

2018 present   PhD entitled 'Core Outcomes for Refractory childhood Epilepsy treated with Ketogenic Diet Therapy'. The CORE-KDT study. 

2016          PgCert in Higher Education, University of Nottingham

2013          PgCert Behaviour Change, University of Nottingham

2008          MSc Dietetics RD, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

2006          BSc (Hons) Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork Ireland

Professional membership

Member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA)

Registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Member of The Ketogenic Professional Advisory Group (KetoPAG)

Member of the Ketogenic Dietitians Research Network (KDRN)


Roles on external bodies

2015 - Practice based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) Advisory Group

2020 - Co Publicist for the Ketogenic Dietitians Research Network 


Teaching interests

I teach a range of clinical dietetics on the undergraduate dietetics programme and my specialist areas are;

- Paediatrics

- Neurology (use of ketogenic diet therapy) 

- Communication skills and behaviour change

- Nutritional support

Research interests

My research area of interest is the use of ketogenic diet therapy for neurological conditions but predominantly childhood epilepsy.

I am leading a study to develop a set of 'Core Outcomes for Refractory childhood Epilepsy treated with Ketogenic Diet Therapy (CORE-KDT). The study will identify core outcomes to be measured in clinical effectiveness trials but will also guide health care professionals when undertaking audit or service evaluation in clinical practice. Parents, health care professionals and relevant charities will be consulted to ensure the core outcome set reflects the interests of all and facilitates future decision making. 

Find out more here:

CORE-KDT Study webpage: 

Key publications are highlighted

Whiteley VJ, Martin-McGill KJ, Carroll JH, Taylor H & Schoeler NE 2019 'Nice to know: impact of NICE guidelines on ketogenic diet services nationwide' Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics , DOI PEARL
Carroll J, Martin-McGill K, Cross H, Hickson M & Collinson A 2019 'Outcome measurement and reporting in childhood epilepsy treated with ketogenic diet therapy' JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports 1-1 , DOI PEARL

An experiential, case-based model of interprofessional learning at university improves measures of perceived competence for SLT & dietetic students.‚Äč (8th UK Swallowing Research Group Conference UCL 2020)