My philosophy is that a good diet is personal; one that is right for each individual. I am very keen to guide people to develop their own understanding of how they may benefit from good nutrition, and how this can lead them to a new lifestyle, rather than be tied to following a specific or named diet.
'You are what you eat’ may be a cliché but it has surely never been truer – particularly in relation to health and well-being. Life is full of individual priorities – around work, around family - even around illness - and what we choose to eat may have an enormous impact on how we cope with the pressures of everyday life.
I enjoy helping people to embark on dietary change journeys for their long-term well-being. One highly beneficial characteristic of nutritional therapy is that focusing on one area of your health-related needs often helps to address another. In other words nutritional therapy may be an effective long term strategy supporting multiple health issues simultaneously.
I hold consultations at Riverside Wellbeing in Whaley Bridge, in the High Peak, Derbyshire.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a Nutritional Therapist in 2013.
Diploma in Nutritional Therapy [Premier Training International July 2013]
Membership of BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy) Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)
Licenced Brain Health Programme Nutritional Therapist (Cytoplan)
I am passionate about the value of good food and helping people add quality to their life through the enjoyment of interesting, nutritious and tasty food. Over many years I have cooked and created recipes for friends and colleagues to not only provide a positive eating experience – but also to support their well-being. My formal cookery and nutrition education started at college over thirty years ago whilst training for a career in hotel and catering management.
HND [Colchester June 1983] in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management, included training in business management, food sciences and high class cookery
I have continued to gain experience in food preparation over the years, and have provided friends, families and party-goers with a variety of menus to satisfy a wide range of dietary needs and food desires.
I have also been working in healthcare for over twenty years at a GP practice, working with patients, general practitioners and nurses. This work has included a wide range of healthcare business process management issues such as chronic disease quality contract record keeping. During my career working in primary care I have gained an NHS qualification in Health Informatics, which relates to my knowledge in, and application to, patient records processing and business process management.
NHS IM&T Diploma [York January 2000]
Working in the primary care environment has made me very aware of the effects of long term conditions, and the care and treatment that clinicians need to provide for patients. Combining this with my knowledge, training and experience in food and cooking I am perfectly equipped to provide personalised, empathetic nutritional therapy services.
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 consultations (1 hour): £75
Continuation consultations (1 hour): £60
I offer nutritional therapy programmes starting at £250, which allow for a more fulfilling service with a schedule for progress and support.
My fees include detailed supporting information, notes or personal nutrition plan following the consultations.
Further information is available on my website: www.forkprovoking.co.uk