Karen qualified as a dietitian in 1997. Despite being newly qualified, she gained neuro experience and quickly became responsible for the Neurology ward, Neuro-Rehab Centre and part of the MND team, at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield.
Experience in intensive care and palliative care roles followed, but in 2000 Karen joined the Rehabilitation Medicine Service, covering North and North East Lincolnshire. This community based, but consultant led, multi-disciplinary team, specialises in neurological diseases and motor neurone disease.
Karen is now a member of the Neuro-sciences group committee, a specialist group of the British Dietetic Association, and works as a freelance dietitian.
In her spare time, Karen holds a rally driving licence and has won several national awards for co-driving. She also loves to travel and scuba-dive, and recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world, raising just under £4000 for the MND Association.
“I love eating and am very enthusiastic about it! I like to pass on ideas and practical tips to help people broaden their tastes and try new things, and am passionate that food should be enjoyed. This is doubly important when every mouthful counts and extra effort is needed to eat.
I try to show people that having a swallowing difficulty does not mean you cannot still eat well and love your food – it just means being creative and having fun trying new approaches.”
Karen Robinson, dietitian