Gaynor Bussell B.Sc.(Hons) Nutrition, RD, MBDA
I am a well-respected and widely experienced dietitian and nutritionist. For over 30 years I have worked in academia, research, the NHS, private dietetics, the food industry, public health, health charities, health PR, conference speaking and the media. Recently I have added Life Coaching to my skills so that I can offer a wider approach to health. I am an established and award-winning author, having written a bestselling book on women’s health plus 2 kindle e-books and chapters in various books on diet and health. I have been published in journals and conference proceedings and written articles for magazines, content for websites and am a journal peer reviewer. I have developed two of my own websites plus two Apps. I have expert knowledge and experience in many aspects of diet including women’s health, weight loss, the older person, FODMAP diet for IBS and behaviour change.
Key Specialties: Weight management, older person, behaviour change, motivational interviewing, women’s health, life coaching, nutrition and diet, Food industry, Working for charities, heart health, metabolic conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol. IBS (FODMAP trained)
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered dietitian and a degree level nutritionist with over 30 years’ experience. I am registered with the Health Professions Council and a Member of the British Dietetic Association. Recent qualifications include advanced workshops on a coaching style called Motivational Interviewing (MI) and a FODMAP courses for IBS
I have recently left the NHS where I was working as a specialist Weight Management dietitian and also dealing with Type 2 diabetes. I have also worked in a private eating disorders clinic. I have also experience of wider dietetic matters including allergies and gut health. I have recently attended my second FODMAP so am officially FODMAP trained for IBS
For 6 years I was a Women's Health Dietitian at University College Hospital, London and I have worked for charities and other organisations specialising in women's health issues.
I continue to write and lecture on the subject of Women's Health and advise women's health organisations and see clients for private consultations.
I'm in the media from time to time so you may see me in the paper, or a magazine, or hear me on the radio.
I worked for a blood pressure organisation for a while and campaigned on lowering salt levels in food.
I was entered 2 years in a row in 'Who's Who for Science and Engineering' for my pioneering work on diet and PMS and won a prestigious Dietetic award for my work on preconception nutrition.
Some Published work
I wrote the Dummies Guide to PCOS which is a best seller on this subject.
I have developed 2 Apps (for Android): daily tips PCOS (Bit.ly/PMpaPt)
and daily tips for PMS (Bit.ly/UXpXeQ)
I have published a Kindle book on how to beat PMS (http://amzn.to/139RnkP) and a book on the Menopause ((http://goo.gl/WrRYY1)
I have also contributed to many other publications and articles on a variety of diet matters
My expert knowledge on women' s health is used to write the women's health section of dietitians text books.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 14 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
The Association of UK Dietitians
The Association of UK Dietitians
If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have this medical condition, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Initial consultation is £40 (lasts about an hour) and any follow up required is £25.
I am happy to see clients outside normal working hours if that suites them better, so this includes weekends and evenings. Appointments do not have to be in person but could be by email, phone or skype/Appear-in.
There is a courtyard outside the office , with plenty of parking space.
What a consultation involves
I will find out the background to your condition, ask for a diet history and what supplements you take, if any. I will ask you about your lifestyle, such as how active you are; I may also ask about your family/home situation and whether you are the cook!
I will want to know whether your condition is recent or long standing and whether you have tried to make changes to your diet already or been given any other advice about your diet and lifestyle.
I use behaviour change techniques, so I like us to find solutions together and explore barriers to you changing your diet and lifestyle to help your condition.
What is a dietitian?
A dietitian is a degree-qualified health professional who:
- helps to promote nutritional well-being;
- treats disease and prevents nutrition-related problems;
- provides practical, safe advice, based on current scientific evidence;
- holds the only legally-recognised graduate qualification in nutrition and dietetics in the UK.
- Only dietitians registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) can use the legally protected title ‘dietitian’.
- Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.