Mrs Sarah Vickers

Paediatric and Neonatal Specialist Dietitian

BSc Hons, PG Dip SRD


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Following graduation from The University of York in 1996 with a BSc Hons in biology, I went on to study for a post-graduate diploma in dietetics at Glasgow Caledonian University, undergoing clinical training at Salford’s Hope Hospital and Bolton Community Practice, and qualifying as a state registered dietitian with distinction in 1999. 

On qualifying, I worked in Blackburn and Hyndburn Hospitals covering a wide range of specialties within the adult setting and subsequently began my paediatric career at The Manchester Children’s Hospitals in 2000, working at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital, Pendlebury Children’s Hospital, and the merged Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in 2010. I subsequently worked for 5 years at Stepping Hill Hospital and since 2019 have worked at Wythenshawe Hospital as lead paediatric and neonatal dietitian, leading the team of paediatric dietitians.

I have over 20 years' experience within the field of paediatric dietetics. I have worked across a number of specialisms including: food allergy and intolerance, gastro-oesophageal reflux, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, faltering growth, low FODMAP diet, nutritional support, tube feeding, weight management, general medical and surgical, burns and ICU, including working on the neonatal ward over the last two years. From 2021 I am supporting the neonatal training on the Masters module for dietitians in training for paediatrics at RMCH. From 2021 I am also training in the SOS approach to feeding therapy.

I work with parents, consultants and GPs supporting the diagnosis/exclusion and management of food allergy and intolerance.  I can provide prescription advice on specialist formulas directly to GP’ and consultants to support this process. NICE guidelines (2011) on ‘Food Allergy in Children and Young People’ indicate that babies and young children with suspected allergy to cow’s milk should be referred to a paediatric dietitian as part of their management.

Having personal experience of having a child with gastro-oesophageal reflux as ‘silent reflux’ I understand and relate very well to parents’ experiences and difficulties in managing this. Your child’s doctor can refer to me or you are also able to self-refer to me for consultation.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mrs Sarah Vickers at Spire include:

Dietetics

Paediatrics

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Clinical interests

Faltering growth, dietary consultations and screening, management of food and milk allergy and intolerance for infants and dietary aspects of gastro-oesophageal reflux, specialist diets for IBS management, coeliac disease and Crohn's disease, support and assessment for fussy eaters, specific mineral advice eg iron and calcium, weight management, constipation, ex-premature babies specialist formula and weaning advice, feeding therapy and paediatric dietetic issues.

Qualification and professional memberships

BSc Hons / York University / 1996
Biology

PG Dip SRD / Glasgow Caledonian University / 1999
Post-graduate diploma with state registration in dietetics


Professional memberships

The British Dietetic Association

BDA Paediatric Specialist Group

BDA Food Allergy Specialist Group

BDA Gastroenterology Specialist Group

BDA Freelance Dietitians Specialist Group

Current NHS posts

Lead Paediatric and Neonatal Dietitian, Wythenshawe Hospital 

Personal profile

I am a keen cyclist, and love the challenge of climbing the hills on my bike as my main exercise and best way to take time out and relax.  I have, over the last few years, started skiing which I very much enjoy but I am reassured by my children that I do not hold strong skills in this area!