Louise Symington MSc BSc HCPC Registered Dietitian
Hello, I’m a Registered Dietitian with over 15 years experience in NHS, private practice and the charity sector. My background includes running GP clinics (covering a wide range of areas such as PCOS through to gut health through to weight management) catering and food policy work at charities such as The National Trust and product development and insight to leading food brands I’ve also advised at government level working on DEFRA’s Green Food Project.
How I can help you
I know that changing eating habits can sometimes be hard. This is why I ensure my advice fits in with my clients lifestyle and budget. I empower people to make positive changes for themselves - rather than ‘dictating’ what they should or shouldn’t do. Building a healthy relationship with food is also very important but sometimes overlooked. If we enjoy our food we are much more likely to sustain changes. This is something I can explore in sessions if it interests you.
Given my background in sustainability, I can also offer expert advice on the ethical side of food (welfare, fair trade, carbon footprint) as well as plant based diets, vegetarianism and veganism.
Since becoming a mum I’ve broadened my specialisms to include antenatal and postnatal health as well as baby and child nutrition and weaning.
Clients have described me as warm, friendly and enthusiastic and these are the qualities that make me an effective and popular Dietitian.
When choosing your therapist please bear in mind that ‘Dietitians’ are the only statutorily recognised nutrition professionals, and hold the only legally recognised graduate qualifications in nutrition and dietetics. You can therefore be assured my advice is impartial, evidence based and reliable . As a Dietitian I am recognised by the medical profession and therefore I am in a position to liaise and /or write to your GP if this is required.
How to get started
Call, email or text me to arrange a FREE informal chat to see if I am the professional you’re looking for.
If you do decide to go ahead with an appointment then payment secures your space.
The initial session is 1 hour long and session long and includes:
-A detailed nutrition and lifestyle assessment
-Tailored advice, plenty of time to ask questions and goal setting
-Supporting documentation e.g meal ideas, shopping tips, resources etc
I will send you a summary of our consultation and goals after the appointment.You are then entitled to a FREE 30 minute follow up either by phone . This will include:
-Nutritional review of your eating patterns
-Feedback about your experiences
-Coaching to overcome remaining difficulties?
-Addressing questions or concerns
I can see you as a 'one off ' or weekly/fortnightly/monthly depending on your needs. I hold flexible meetings and can book a private room in Brighton/Hove or surrounding areas or see you at your house if local.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (hons) degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
MSc degree in Sustainability (Food Industry)
Registered Dietitian (this profession is regulated by law and governed by an ethical code)
Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered
Member of the British Dietetic Association.
Leading member of the BDA's Sustainable Diet Group
15 years clinical experience in both NHS and private practice (Kings College, St Ann's Hospital, the Hospital Group)
Charity work includes Sustain, The National Trust and the Sustainable Restaurant Association
Food industry sector works with companies such as Quorn and Good Hemp.
Contribution at government level for Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on the Green Food Project
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.
1 hour consultation = £70 (includes a written report and FREE 30 min Phone/Skype follow-up)
I regularly run workshops on
- Baby nutrition and weaning
- Child nutrition and fussy eating
I also work for a community allotment (Plot 22) as the Grow & Play Project Officer (nature and food growing group for pre-school children)