Nutrition science and practice is all about promoting health and well-being and helping you to understand how your history, diet and lifestyle may be contributing to your health concerns. It is a complementary therapy and can be used alongside other forms of therapy and conventional medical care. The nutrition students and fully qualified practitioner will find out about you, and past experiences that might have impacted on your current health concerns. They will then use the extensive nutritional science research base to ensure a safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme personalised for you. You are a partner in your own care so the practitioner will always negotiate dietary and lifestyle changes with you that are appropriate, affordable and manageable.
What conditions can nutrition science and practice help?
Nutrition research shows that diet can have a profound effect on health and disease as well as on mood, behaviour and on academic and sports performance. Nutrition science and practice is now used increasingly in the management of a wide range of ailments both acute and chronic and is suitable for people of all ages. Some practitioners develop a real passion for specific conditions such as fatigue, depression, migraine and headaches, skin disorders, hormone imbalance, digestive and bowel disorders, weight management or auto-immune conditions, learning and behaviour. Whilst nutrition practitioners will not claim to cure these conditions, good nutrition is the cornerstone of good health and recovery.
Who will I see and what qualifications do they have?
You will be seen by a senior nutrition student under the supervision of one of our highly qualified practitioners. Approximately 3 or 4 other students will be observing the consultation in a nearby teaching room via a video link. All our clinic supervisors are both BANT and CNHC registered and the students and tutors follow the professional codes of conduct. Please be assured that your confidentiality is protected at all times.
How many appointments will I need?
We will book you an initial consultation followed by two further follow-up appointments - these are a month to six weeks apart. This is normally the minimum that you will need to feel the benefit of the dietary advice you will be following. After these three appointments we will agree with you if and when you need to come to see us again. Expect to be with us for between 1 hour to 90 minutes for your initial consultation and 45 minutes to 1 hour for follow-ups.
What happens before my first consultation?
Before you come for your first consultation we will ask you to complete a diet and health questionnaire. This asks you all about you, your health concerns, symptoms and medical history and your diet. It also includes a food diary where we ask you to note what you eat every day for three days. We do understand that these questionnaires can be a bit daunting at first but please do not worry. All the information that you give us is really helpful, especially for our students who will carrying out research into your condition before they see you.
What can I expect during my first consultation?
Having read your questionnaire and food diary we will discuss your health concerns, assess your diet and nutritional status and highlight any dietary or nutritional imbalances. We will then agree with you minor appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes. Specific laboratory tests may be recommended to aid assessment, for example, for digestive function, stress level indicators or female hormone balance. You will be asked to complete a more in-depth diet and lifestyle diary to bring back to your second appointment. All our recommendations are geared specifically to your individual needs and you will be given written information at each appointment to provide guidance.
What happens during my follow-up appointments?
During your follow-up appointments we will find out how you are progressing and agree with you any adjustments to your diet and lifestyle you may need to make to help with your progress. Your student practitioner will have researched your case fully since your last visit and will be able to give you a full explanation of why your current health issue may have surfaced. Feedback from this will be given at your third appointment and your personal health action plan will be further fine-tuned. At the second appointment you may also be recommended supplements if they are appropriate and you have agreed you wish to take them.
NB: We try to ensure for the first three appointments that you will see the same student. Our students travel long distances and have set days in clinic so if you need to change your appointment please bear this in mind so we can provide the best experience for both you and your student.
How am I supported with the changes I am making to my diet and lifestyle?
If you are struggling at any point between your consultations please do not hesitate to call our clinic reception on 01904 343305 and they will put you in contact with the clinical supervisor who is overseeing your programme. Our receptionists will call you between appointments to check how you are getting on.
What happens after I have finished my consultations?
After your series of three appointments you will have a discussion with the team to decide if, and when, you need to attend again. It may be that you are still working towards a certain goal and would like regular input in clinic – or you may feel that you only need to check in with us once in a while. You can book a follow-up at any time you feel the need for further help or support.
When is the clinic?
Every Monday apart from bank holidays
How much does it cost?
Prices: 3 appointments for £20 then £15 each for further appointments.
How do I book an appointment?
Call us on 01904 343305 - our reception is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 4:30pm or send an e-mail enquiry
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