Vanessa Shaw

Vanessa Shaw is Head of Dietetics at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. She has practised in paediatrics for many years and has a wide experience in childhood nutrition and dietetics in health and disease. 

Head of Dietetics at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Her clinical specialty is the nutritional management of chronic kidney disease in young children. Vanessa served on the Department of Health Panel on Child and Maternal Nutrition for a number of years and has been a member of various government and professional working groups.

She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS) which advises Ministers on which special feeds and foods can be prescribed for medical conditions. She is committed to the education and training of dietitians and is the professional lead for the unique MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Paediatric Dietetics; this is a partnership degree with Plymouth University where she is an Honorary Associate Professor.

She is the editor Clinical Paediatric Dietetics, the standard text for paediatric dietetics in the UK and overseas. She received the British Dietetic Association’s Ibex Award for professional achievement in 2001 and was made a Fellow of the BDA in 2007. She was awarded an MBE for services to children’s health care in 2008.

Listen to Vanessa talk about her role as Head of Dietetics at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Recent publications

Clinical Paediatric Dietetics 4th edn (2014). ed V Shaw. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell

Clinical Paediatric Dietetics

Lara-Pompa N, Williams J, Macdonald S, Fawbert K, Kennedy K, Shaw V, Valente J, Wells J, Fewtrell M, Hill S (2015) Use of body composition measurements in the clinical management of sick children: the Bodybasics study. Poster, ESPGHAN, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

J Pichler, S Hill, V Shaw, A Lucas (2014). Prevalence of undernutrition during hospitalisation in a children’s hospital: what happens during admission? Eur J Clin Nutr 68(6): 730-35.

Danielle Petersen, Vanessa Shaw, Anne Payne (2014). Current practices across the United Kingdom regarding the monitoring and supplementation of sodium in surgical infants and children. Poster, ESPGHAN, Jerusalem, Israel.

Baheerathi Manickavasagar, Andrew McArdle, Pallavi Yadav, Vanessa Shaw et al (2013). Hypervitaminosis A is prevalent in children with chronic kidney disease and contributes to hypercalcaemia. Nephrol Dial Transplant, 28 (suppl 1): MP696

Macdonald S, Pearson A, Shaw V (2013). Changes in weight standard deviation scores of children admitted to a tertiary paediatric hospital. BSPGHAN winter meeting, London, UK.

Djalila Mekahli, Vanessa Shaw, Sarah E Ledermann and Lesley Rees (2010). Long-Term Outcome of Infants with Severe Chronic Kidney Disease. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 5: 10-17.