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Meet Analou Louw - Paediatric Communication and Feeding Specialist

I am a speech and language therapist (also known as speech therapist or speech pathologist) specialised in the treatment of paediatric communication and feeding difficulties.

I trained in South Africa at the University of Stellenbosch where I qualified as a speech pathologist and audiologist (B. Speech Pathology and Audiology) in 1997. I obtained my Masters degree in Speech Pathology (MSc Speech Pathology) with honours at the University of Cape Town in 2001.

Since moving to the UK in 2000, I have worked in various paediatric community and acute NHS hospital settings throughout London. I currently work at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on a part time basis as a specialist in paediatric feeding difficulties. I have published research papers and presented at conferences in the UK and Europe on the topic of paediatric feeding and swallowing difficulties.

I set up my private practice 2003. At present I provide private speech therapy at my practice based at the London Clinic and Cromwell Hospital. I work closely with general paediatricians, paediatric gastroenterologists, paediatric psychiatrists, developmental paediatricians, nurse specialists (gastroenterology), paediatric dieticians and specialist health visitors to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of communication and feeding difficulties.   

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Meet David Rawat - Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist

I have been an NHS Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology since February 2005.

My subspecialist experience include inflammatory bowel disease, GI motility disorders, feeding difficulties, food allergy, chronic constipation, intestinal failure and chronic liver disease. I have also played an integral role as part of the nutrition team at both King’s College Hospital and The Royal London Hospital and The Chelsea Westminster Hospital, managing all children in the hospital who were receiving long term parenteral nutrition.

I developed a particular interest in paediatric GI motility disorders at quite an early stage of my training collaborating with the adult GI physiology unit at Bart’s and The London Hospital. I was also fortunate enough to be selected to spend some time at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, a Harvard University teaching hospital for paediatric gastroenterology in the USA, initially as part of the London-Boston GI Fellow exchange programme, and subsequently after completion of my training in the UK, to consolidate my experience and sub-specialist training in paediatric gastrointestinal motility disorders.

I am currently the lead clinician for GI motility disorders within the department of Paediatric Gastroenterology at the Royal London Hospital providing a sub specialist paediatric GI motility service. I remain actively committed to undergraduate and post graduate medical education and have been an Honorary Senior Lecturer for Imperial Colleges London since 2005. I am also a member of the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and also endeavour to maintain active representation in both European and North American paediatric gastroenterology meetings annually. I am also very much involved in ongoing clinical research.

I currently also work in the private sector with clinics at the Cromwell Hospital in London. My particular subspecialty interests include gastro-oesophageal reflux disease in infants and children, chronic abdominal pain and chronic constipation. I also lead an experienced team, including a paediatric dietician and paediatric speech and language therapist with whom I’ve worked for the past 4 years, as part of a multidisciplinary-approached clinic specifically for babies and children with feeding difficulties.

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Meet Jackie Falconer - Specialist Paediatric Gastroenterology Dietitian

I’m a Specialist Paediatric Gastroenterology Dietitian at the Chelsea and Westminster Foundation Trust, London,UK.

I studied at Kings College in London and qualified as a State Registered Dietitian in 1991. I worked in clinical dietetics since 1992, specialising in paediatrics in 1995. For the past 14 years I have worked in the area of paediatric gastroenterology at the Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust and my particular areas of interest are Short Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel disease, Gut Food Allergy, Coeliac disease and Gastro-oesophageal Reflux and associated feeding problems. I also hold a private clinic once a week for infants and children with GI dietary associated conditions.

I’ve spent many years at Chelsea and Westminster and been part of the multidisciplinary team looking after infants and children with feeding problems within a dedicated feeding clinic.

I held the position of Chair of the Associate (Nurses and Dietetians) Members of the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) from 2003 – 2007, and continue to be an active member. I recently led a working group of associate members of BSPGHAN looking at UK wide food reintroduction practices following a course of exclusive enteral nutrition, which she presented at ESPGHAN 2009.

During my career I’ve spoken both nationally and internationally and has been an active participant in the Allied Health Professionals meeting of ESPGHAN since it’s establishment in Taormina 2002.

I’m registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) in the UK and the British Dietetic Association (BDA), I’m an associate member of BSPGHAN and awaiting membership approval for the newly agreed associate membership of ESPGHAN.