Following graduation from The University of York in 1996 with a BSc Hons in Biology, Mrs Sarah Vickers 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, and qualifying as a State Registered Dietitian with Distinction in 1999.
On qualifying Mrs Vickers worked in Blackburn and Hyndburn Hospitals covering a wide range of specialties within the adult setting and subsequently began her paediatric career at The Manchester Children’s Hospitals in 2000 working at both Booth Hall Children’s Hospital, Pendlebury Children’s Hospital, and the merged Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in 2010. Mrs Vickers subsequently worked for 5 years at Stepping Hill Hospital and at Wythenshawe Hospital as Lead Paediatric and Neonatal Dietitian since 2019.
Mrs Vickers has over 20 years experience within the field of paediatric dietetics and has 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 and including Neonatal Dietetics over the last 2 years. From 2021 Mrs Vickers will support the Neonatal training on the Masters module for Dietitians in training for Paediatrics at RMCH. From 2021 Mrs Vickers is training in SOS feeding therapy.
Mrs Vickers works alongside parents, Consultants and GP’s supporting the diagnosis / exclusion and management of food allergy and intolerance. Mrs Vickers can provide prescription advice on specialist formula’s directly to GP’s 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’, Mrs Vickers relates very well to parents’ experiences and difficulties in managing this. Your child’s doctor can refer to Mrs Vickers or you are able to self-refer for consultation.