Clinical Nutrition

Staff Profiles

Clinical Nutrition Manager in Charge, Sandra Brady


Sandra Brady is the Clinical Nutrition Manager in Charge, leading a team of 40 staff and managing the busy dietetic service across clinical specialities in St. James’s Hospital.  Sandra graduated from TCD and DIT in 1990, undertook a MSc in Healthcare Management (RCSI Institute of Leadership, 2014) and recently completed a Certificate in Management and Leadership (ICM, 2016).
Sandra moved from her position as Clinical Specialist Dietitian in Burns and Head and Neck Cancer Surgery in 2005 to take up a managerial role with a clinical remit in the National Burns Unit. Sandra previously worked as senior and basic grade dietitian in St. James’s Hospital and in Cork University Hospital and St. Vincent’s University Hospital after graduation.
Sandra is a registered dietitian, an active member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI), Dietitians in Management Group and the SCOPe Health and Social Care Professions executive management team.   Sandra enjoys working with, leading and managing a large, dynamic team who are passionate about delivering a high standard of patient care and committed to improving services through innovation, audit and research.



Dieticians work across a range of specialty areas including:

  • Acute Medical Admissions Unit and ED
  • Adult Ketogenic Diet Service
  • Burns
  • Cardiology and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • ENT & Maxillofacial Surgery - Including Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Gastroenterology & Hepatology
  • Gynae - Oncology Surgery
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Haematology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Medicine for the Elderly
  • Nephrology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgery - Including Upper GI and Colorectal Surgery

Student Training

The Department of Clinical Nutrition has been accredited as a base training hospital for undergraduate students of the BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition & Dietetics since 1986.  The Department of Clinical Nutrition takes approximately 4-6 final year students each year for their clinical placement. 

Work Experience and Shadowing

The Department of Clinical Nutrition actively participates in training of student dietitians. As a result of this commitment the opportunities for work experience or shadowing are limited.

On an annual basis our department participates in the SCOPe Health and Social Care Professionals Open Day.

SCOPe is the Management Unit for the Therapy and Social Care services:

Speech & Language Therapy 
Medical Social Work 
Clinical Nutrition 
Occupational Therapy 

The ‘e’ in SCOPe stands for excellence

The day is aimed at 4th-6th year students or anyone interested in a career in any of these 5 professions. Each of the professions will give a brief overview of their role and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. The 2018 date has not been set at this time but this page will be updated once a confirmed date is agreed.

Our limited shadowing slots will be prioritised to those that are applying for a course in Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Please submit your CV to for consideration between September and November and we will revert to you with potential dates in the following year.


The Department of Clinical Nutrition has members of staff involved in research and audit, with many publications in peer reviewed journals. 

Protocols and Information Leaflets

The following is a guide to eating well during your hospital stay

Eating Well in Hospital (PDF 647Kb)

Related Links

Occupational Therapy


Speech & Language Therapy

Medical Social Work

Useful Links