Carla Gianfrancesco MSc, RD

Honorary Research Fellow

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University of Sheffield
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA

Office:  Room 2037, 2nd Floor, Regent Court

Email:  c.gianfrancesco@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0001-5966-8871

Biography

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.

Teaching

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.

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.

Publications

Gianfrancesco C, Darwin Z, McGowan L, Smith DM, Haddrill R, Carter M, Scott EM, Alwan NA, Morris M, and Cade J. Feasibility study of an online 24-hr dietary assessment tool: myfood24, in a clinical population. Nutrients 2018, 10(9), 1147; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10091147

Breckenbridge J, Gianfrancesco C, deZoysa N, Lawton J, Rankin D and Coates E. Mobilising knowledge between practitioners and researchers to iteratively refine a complex intervention (DAFNEplus) pre-trial: protocol for a structured, collaborative working group process. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2018, 4,120 https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-018-0314-4

Rankin D, Barnard K, Elliott J, Cooke D, Heller S, Gianfrancesco C, Taylor C, Lawton J. Type 1 diabetes patients’ experiences of, and need for, social support after attending a structured education programme: a qualitative longitudinal investigation. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2014, 23, 2919-2927.

Stadler M, Shuttlewood E, Rogers H, Gianfrancesco C, Beveridge S, Choudray P, Elliott J, Rankin AD, Heller S, Lawton J, Amiel SA, deZoysa N. DAFNE-HART, a psycho educational programme to reverse hypoglycaemia unawareness in Type 1 diabetes: report on sustained biomedical benefit at 1 year, and the user experience. Diabetic Medicine, 2014, 31, 8-9.

deZoysa N, Rogers H, Stadler M, Gianfrancesco C, Beveridge S, Britneff E, Choudray P, Elliott J, Heller S, Amiel SA. A psycho educational program to restore hypoglycaemia awareness: the DAFNE HART pilot study. Diabetes Care, 2014. 37, 863-866.

DAFNE Study Group. A randomised controlled trial of training in flexible intensive insulin management to enable dietary freedom in people with Type 1 Diabetes: the DAFNE Trial. BMJ 2002; 325:746-749.