Carla Gianfrancesco

MSc, RD

School of Health and Related Research

Honorary Research Fellow

c.gianfrancesco@sheffield.ac.uk

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Carla Gianfrancesco
School of Health and Related Research
Room 2037, 2nd Floor
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
Profile

I have twenty years’ experience of working as a Specialist Diabetes Dietitian at the Sheffield Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In 2015 I completed a NIHR funded Masters in Clinical Research at the University of Sheffield. This included a qualitative study exploring the role of practice nurses in providing nutrition education to people with Type 2 diabetes in primary care.

I subsequently went on to do a NIHR funded post graduate internship with the Nutritional Epidemiology Group, under the supervision of Professor Janet Cade, University of Leeds where I worked with the myfood24 team completing the analysis and writing up of a study examining the use of an on-line 24-hour dietary recall tool in a clinical population, women with gestational diabetes. I was awarded a grant from the British Dietetic Association to continue with this work and this study began in January 2019. From March 2016 to December 2018 I worked on the DAFNEplus Programme Grant (NIHR RP-PG-0514-20013) developing and piloting a revised Type 1 diabetes structured education course incorporating behaviour change, structured support and new technology.

I subsequently went on to do a NIHR funded post graduate internship with the Nutritional Epidemiology Group, under the supervision of Professor Janet Cade, University of Leeds where I worked with the myfood24 team completing the analysis and writing up of a study examining the use of an on-line 24-hour dietary recall tool in a clinical population, women with gestational diabetes. I was awarded a grant from the British Dietetic Association to continue with this work and this study began in January 2019. From March 2016 to December 2018 I worked on the DAFNEplus Programme Grant (NIHR RP-PG-0514-20013) developing and piloting a revised Type 1 diabetes structured education course incorporating behaviour change, structured support and new technology.

In January 2019 I also joined ScHARR as an Honorary Research Fellow within the Clinical Research Academy. I continue to work as a dietitian two days a week.

Research interests

Particular interests are:

  • Development, implementation and evaluation of diabetes structured education.
  • Use of new technologies in every day NHS clinicl practice.
  • I am interested in developing research expertise in complext evaluation methods and evaluating new technologies.

Current project

Exploring the use of myfood24 (an on-line nutritional assessment tool) in clinical dietetic practice. This study is funded by General and Education Trust Fund (GET), BDA.

Teaching interests

I teach in the School on the MSc Human Nutrition, Nutrition in Health and Disease Module and provide dissertation supervision for students on this to course.

Professional activities

I am a Registered Dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and professional member of Diabetes UK.