Samantha Prior - Bioscience Nutrition BSc,Nutritional Therapy Dip ION,MBANT reg.
Taking a journey through a nutritional consultation can feel like one of the most rewarding and fascinating experiences you will have in improving your health. I initially stumbled upon nutritional therapy when I went for a consultation through my health club. Through my experience I decided to do my degrees in nutrition and bioscience so that I could understand the complexities of food and how it interacts with body to benefit us.
I have been in the world of nutrition for over 10 years and in this time I have found that diet is so personal and unique for each individual. My job is to find what works best for your physiological makeup and mindset. Together we take a journey looking at aspects of your health that you would like to improve and how we can accomplish this, this may be through diet alone or also include tests, supplements and lifestyle changes.
Training, qualifications & experience
My interest in nutrition inspired me to take two degrees alongside each other, one was in Bioscience Nutrition (BSc) at London South Bank University. The other was Nutritional Therapy (Foundation Degree)at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition.
Since being fully qualified I have worked with a clinical nutrition team for 6 years supporting practitioners with research on nutrition, health and supplementation.
I now work for hospitality company working closely with allergens, intolerance. Prior to this I was with a catering company writing school dinner and nursery menus to ensure they reach the highest soil association standards. As part of my role I provide workshops for schools, colleges, business and care. The workshops are by far one of the most rewarding part of this role as I get to interact with a wide range of people finding out what makes them tick. The workshops are a great interactive way to find ways to achieve healthy eating that is practical, achievable, enjoyable and fun.
I also run a blog and write nutritional support posts for a local yoga newsletter and magazines and recently provided talks for:
NHS on endometriosis
Deutsche Bank on stress and insomnia
Thurston Community Sixth Form College on mental health
Maidenhill School Year 11 GCSE class on the immune system
Bourke and Amblecote providing bimonthly talks on cardiovascular health, the immune system, weight management and joint 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.
Areas of nutrition deal with
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 1 hr £70
Follow up Consultations 45mins £50
1 X1hr Individual consultation
1X 45 min Follow up Consultation
Total = £99
Initial Consultation (1 hour): The consultation will take place after the questionnaire has been filled out and returned. The hours consultation will be carried out face to face. What the consultation shall cover: We will go through your nutritional and medical profile and come up with a plan together on dietary and lifestyle changes you can make within the following month to support your health goal. The consultation may or may not include tests to be carried out depending on your health and health goals
Follow up consultation (45mins): The consultation may either be face to face, over skype or a telephone consultation What the consultation shall cover We will follow up on the program we set for the previous month and see if we still need to make adjustments to help us work towards your initial goal, or if you have a new goal you would like to achieve. There may be results of tests to cover and at this point there may be supportive supplements recommended and further adjustments to be made to your diet and lifestyle. We will decide if we need to make any further developments to the suggestions previously made and if you have any new targets to achieve.