Jackie Donkin BSc, mBANT, CHNC, NTCC
Nutritional Therapy is a strategy for health, encompassing the belief that "our food is our medicine and our medicine is our food". Following a detailed analysis of dietary and nutritional intake, a detailed health and family case history and an insight into current lifestyle factors, the principles of nutritional therapy have the potential to link the symptoms being experienced to possible nutritional imbalances and/or an under functioning of the body systems. Following a consultation, a personalised programme for diet and lifestyle changes can then be advised in order to promote optimal health.
The Nutritional Therapy Consultation Procedure...
Preparation… Nutritional Therapy treats each patient as an individual, addressing YOUR concerns, YOUR priorities and YOUR commitment to the development of our programme. After our initial contact, a questionnaire will be forwarded to you for completion. This will highlight your health concerns; tell me about your lifestyle, medications you may be taking and medical history. This will reduce the time spent in our consultation having to record all this information – which is imperative to the devising of the programme.
A food diary will also need to be completed. This records your food intake for five days. Although laborious this is critical to ascertaining foods that may be precursors to the symptoms/complaints that you are experiencing - again reducing the time allocated during our consultation to this task.
What to Expect ...
The Consultation Itself…(£90) lasting an hour and a half, this is where we discuss your health concerns. We look at past medical conditions, family medical history, previous dietary habits, administered medication, lifestyle factors and sleep patterns. All this information will bear a resemblance on your current health concerns… then we look at how we can address them.
A Dietary Programme... A dietary programme is then devised for you to adhere to, to improve the way you eat. This will highlight foods to be increased and foods to be reduced – to potentially impact positively on your health concerns. Each food group will be looked at, so you will have a complete breakdown of the foods to incorporate into your daily meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Depending on the complexities of your health concerns, the dietary programme may be available after the consultation or sent to you a few days later. This enables research and confirmation of the dietary proposals made.
Supplements... A Nutritional Supplement is a preparation intended to provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fibre, fatty acids or amino acids, that are missing or are not consumed in sufficient quantity in a person's diet. Supplements are sometimes recommended. Again, a supplement prescription may be available on the day or forwarded to you. This is due to research into contraindications – ensuring that no supplement recommended will interfere with any medication currently being taken.
If the programme is not available on the day, a meeting or telephone conversation will take place to discuss the programme in-depth and to elevate any queries. Telephone or email support can be ongoing throughout the initiation of the programme
Follow-up Consultation … (£55) This is a generally shorter procedure where we assess the progress of the treatment programme, ensure it is working effectively and make adjustments where needed.
Functional Tests are available.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc in Nutritional Medicine (Thames Valley University)
As part of the Code of Conduct, as specified by the governing bodies I am a member of, The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT), the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC), I am required to comply with stipulations associated with Continued Professional Development (CPDs). This means that to adhere to the Standards of Performance, I must keep my professional knowledge and skills up to date. I am therefore posting a list of the seminars/lectures I have attended in the last 2 years. I trust that one of these may be of particular relevance to your current health concern and that you will be reassured that I have access to the latest information and findings on that health concern.
Eating Well During Lockdown - April 2020, MyNutriWed
Ferrolactin; Low Iron Levels? April 2020, BioNutri
Magnesium - The Missing Mineral in Female Health? - October 2019 - Igennus - Danielle Crida
Female Ecology; The Menopausal Vagina - September 2019 - Invivo Clinical UK
Advanced GI Strategies - September 2019 - Regenerus Labs - Robyn Puglia
Optimal Vegan Nutrition - August 2019 - Igennus Healthcare Nutrition
Mental Health and the Microbiome - July 2019 - Igennus Lab - Miguel Toribio-Mateas
Sustainable Healthy Eating - July 2019 - Nutri (Alpro Foundation)
Nurturing Your Nature; 5 Elements of Health - July 2019 - BioCare
The Importance of the Microbiome - July 2019 - OptiBac Probiotic
Managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME; A Clinical Approach- April 2019 - Igennus
Basic Pharmacology and Drug-Nutrient Interactions - March 2019 - Integrative Health Education
Health Coaching for Nutritional Professionals - January 2019 - with Zest4Life
Introducing PCR Parasitology and the Gut Pathogen Profile - December 2018 - Genova Diagnostics
Emotional Wellbeing Support - December 2018 - Nuffield Health
Workplace Wellbeing and Stress Forum - November 2017 - The Stress Management Society
Sustainable Diets - November 2018 - Nutri/Alpro/British Dietetic Association
Exploring Obesity from Different Aspects of Health - June 2018 - BANT Midland Regional Event, University of Worcester
The Human Microbiome - May 2018 - Cytoplan
Supporting Mental Health - April 2018 - Cytoplan
The Microbiome - April 2018 - Bionutri
Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet - November 2017 - Nutrilicious
Personalised Approach to Hormonal Mayhem - The Menstrual Years - November 2017 - BANT North Regional Group
Personalised Nutrition for Musculoskeletal Health - November 2017 - Lamberts Healthcare
Cytoplan Practitioner Education Roadshow - November 2017 - Cytoplan
Biosynthesis - October 2017 - Bionutri
Understanding the Genetics of Coeliac Disease - September 2017 = My DNA and Cytoplan
Toxaprevent and Dolovent - January 2017 - Nouveau Health
... Previous seminar listings on request
I have also been involved with many 'Wellness' and 'Healthy Eating' projects working with both children and adults. These programmes concentrate on how incorporating healthy eating and healthy lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on health.
British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists.
There are different BANT membership classes, including Full Member, Fellow Member and Student Member.
All BANT practitioners must have met the required standards of training, be fully insured and adhere to the BANT Code of Ethics and Practice.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including massage, aromatherapy and nutrition.
In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.
A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Information about health conditions (*)
Nutritional therapy can help enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting nutritional therapy or making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle.
Initial Consultation (90 minutes) £90
Follow up Consultation (60 minutes) £55
If you have an interest in looking at how food can influence your health and think you and your symptoms may benefit from doing just that, please give me a call. I am more than happy to have an informal discussion, and you can see whether nutritional therapy is for you...
Below are some testimonials that previous clients have been kind enough to write ...
My blood sugar levels are starting to come right down now, constantly between 6 and 7 and sometimes 5.9. My Doctor is looking to reduce my medication if this downward trend continues
(Gerard, Bewdley, Worcestershire)
I approached Jackie because I have Rosacea and had read that diet can contribute quite a bit to the condition, which had been deteriorating for some months. Following an initial phone chat, Jackie analysed a food diary that I completed for her and then provided me with a very comprehensive consultation that left no stone unturned.
With a knowledgeable and flexible approach, Jackie helped me to plan a perfectly practical way forward, changing some bad habits along the way. After a couple of weeks I started to see improvements to my skin and I am continuing with Jackie’s recommendations in the hopes that I have found some of the roots to my problem at long last. I would definitely recommend Jackie to anyone looking for bespoke nutritional advice – she is worth every penny!
(Anna, Martley, Worcestershire)
I found Jackie very easy to talk to, which might be the most important aspect of a first session with any therapist. She was totally non-judgemental as I revealed the idiosyncrasies of my diet. She is also knowledgeable, thorough and a good communicator. A long-term health condition meant that I had to address my lifestyle and Jackie has helped me enormously. I feel good just thinking about how much better I am going to be looking after myself.
(Naomi, Kidderminster, Worcestershire)
I would like to thank Jackie for her recommendations, guidance and excellent advice. The consultation identified strengths and weaknesses within my diet and provided a platform from which to build and implement a nutritional plan that allowed me to move forward addressing my health and social needs. The nutritional advise and awareness allows me to be flexible in my food selection and enjoy the process (which is 90% of the battle) in promoting good health. My passion is to undertake and compete in endurance events and this process has supported this enhancing my overall general well being and performance. The advantage of having “a go to person” for post consultation guidance and recommendation is an appreciated added bonus. The information provided by Jackie is always of the highest standard.(Christopher, Halesowen (West Midlands))
" Jackie's advice was well researched and thoughtful and has supported me in my decision to try and reduce the possibility of a recurrence of health problems. I believe the importance of good nutrition is underestimated - Jackie is working to help people understand this for themselves. She is an approachable and knowledgeable guide. " (Anne, Malvern)
"Thank you Jackie for being so easy to talk to and knowledgeable; having followed your advice the bloating and cramps disappeared. I have recommended you to my friend" (Marie, Worcester)
"I was referred to Jackie Donkin by a fellow therapist . The advice received was well researched and given in an interesting and easily understandable way . This was backed up by well laid out notes to help me follow the regime recommended . I had no problems following the nutritional program which has led to my recovery and a feeling of well being. In short it is good Nutrition made easy . I commend Jackie Donkin" (John, Worcester)