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COX, Ms Leah

Leah is a Specialist Dietitian working in Cancer Rehabilitation at King’s College Hospital in London. Leah started at King’s in January 2020 and has been working to establish a trust wide outpatient cancer service for dietetics, which includes prehabilitation services. Over the past 18 months, Leah has grown the service to include dietetic rehabilitation services for cancer across the trust, and prehabilitation pathways for colorectal and hepatobiliary cancer surgery, and bone marrow transplant. She has worked with colleagues to establish a prehabilitation app to support the delivery of services via a virtual platform.

Leah has promoted the role of Dietitians in prehabilitation both locally and nationally. She is working with colleagues from the British Dietetic Association to establish working groups and funding for research to establish guidance for dietetic staffing in prehabilitation.

Leah graduated with a first class honours degree in Dietetics from Coventry University in 2016. Leah began her career at Warwick Hospital before moving to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham. Leah’s clinical experience includes gastroenterology, oncology, gastro-intestinal surgery, parenteral nutrition and intensive care. Leah also worked with the peritoneal team at Good Hope Hospital in Birmingham providing dietetic care to patients undergoing cytoreductive surgery and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy; a niche area of dietetics. Leah presented her work in cytoreductive surgery at BAPEN in 2019, a presentation entitled “Single centre experience of parenteral nutrition provision in patients undergoing cytoreductive surgery and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy”. Leah is due to present her work in hepatobiliary prehabilitation at the UGI Congress this year and has been invited to be a panel member at the Evidence Based Perioperative Medicine conference for discussion on setting up a perioperative nutrition clinic.

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