Mrs Elsie Friel

Specialist Dietitian

MSc PgCert BSc (Hons) RD

"The atmosphere at Spire Norwich Hospital is so friendly and supportive, I love working there."

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I am a registered dietitian and nutritionist, with over 20 years experience working in the NHS and private practice. I have a particular interest in women’s health and helping women manage long term conditions through flexible plant-based eating. I have an interest in food intolerances, irritable bowel syndrome, nutrition therapy for fertility, sports nutrition and sustainable diets. I have also been a specialist diabetes dietitian for the last 10 years. 

In the NHS I have worked in many areas of dietetics including, ITU, renal, gastroenterology (allergies, IBS and IBD) and weight management.

I am an educator for several diabetes education programmes including DAFNE and DEMSOND and a facilitator for the Complete Health Improvement Programme (CHIP). I have a post-graduate certificate in Sport and Exercise Nutrition from Coventry University and a masters degree in clinical research from the University of East Anglia.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mrs Elsie Friel at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Diabetes - type 1, type 2 and gestational
  • Food intolerances
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition therapy for fertility
  • Nutrition support for women's health conditions including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Sports nutrition
  • Sustainable diets

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Additional information


Diabetes, food intolerances, irritable bowel syndrome, nutrition therapy for fertility, sports nutrition and plant-based diets.

BSc Dietetics / University of Pretoria, South Africa / 1998
Bachelor of Science, Dietetics

PgCert in Sports and Exercise Nutrition / Coventry University / 2011
Post Graduate Certificate in Sports and Exercise Nutrition

MSc in Clinical Research / University of East Anglia / 2020
Masters Degree in Clinical Research

Professional memberships

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

British Dietetic Association (BDA)

Professional leadership

Complete Health Improvement Facilitator (CHIP)

Specialist Diabetes Dietitian and Team Lead