Steven Brown ANutr. MRSPH. BSc. (HONS)
Tyne And Wear
I have a deep rooted passion for health and well-being, in fact since secondary school I was all set to go into medicine, until I was introduced to the world of nutrition whilst studying for my A-Levels, changing my plans and embarking on a Bachelors of Science with Honours degree in food and Human Nutrition at Newcastle University.
With the current rise in people being overweight, I undertook and completed the SCOPE, becoming SCOPE certified; an internationally recognised certification for helping people with weight management.
Recently a lot of my work has been working with people who have been told they have high blood glucose levels (described borderline or pre-) often in conjunction with other existing conditions.
Through my work with a national charity involved with those on enteral and parenteral nutritional therapy, I have experience of the extreme end of nutrition. This heightened my belief that nutrition, health and well-being are intrinsically linked and nutrition can play a vital role in maintaining the fine balance between health and well-being.
My experience and training lead me to believe that people do not always make unhealthy choices, but that they are not given the information and tools to make healthy choices, either through information that is inaccessible to them, too generic and not applicable to them or their situation or through a bombardment of confusing and conflicting advice.
It is therefore my aim to provide people with information that is tailored towards them as a whole person and why I believe nutritional therapy can make a positive impact on a persons' health and well-being. Any client I see will always receive personalised tailored advice that is designed to support them achieve their goals.
Training, qualifications & experience
I graduated from Newcastle University with a BSc. (HONS) in Food and Human Nutrition in 2010.
During my degree I undertook a placement year at the Human Nutrition Research Centre, where I was a research assistant involved in a number of national projects investigating the role nutrition has in a number of preventable, diet-related diseases. This was an invaluable experience enabling me to understand the mechanics behind nutritional guidelines, which I can now utilise to support my clients become informed about the choices they make.
After graduating I began working as Literature Co-ordinator and General secretary of a small, national charity called PINNT; a support organisation for patients on enteral and parenteral (artificial nutrition) nutritional therapy, who provide information on all aspects of clinical nutrition and practical tips on how to adapt to the changes in life-style required when on this intensive therapy.
In addition, PINNT also serve as the patient voice and advocate with healthcare professional organisation and healthcare industry providers, ensuring that the patient is at the forefront of all planning and service specification discussions. As a result I am a member of the British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) and was presented with a Roll of Honour Award for my work and achievements in my role as patient advocate on the Patient and Carer Initiative project in 2014.
Association of Nutrition
I am an associate member of the Association for Nutrition (AfN), meaning that at all times I adhere to their strict code of conduct, standards and ethics. I also undertake regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as encouraged by the organisation.
British Dietetic Association
I am an affiliate member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA), providing me with an important and further insight into the continued developments in best practice across the NHS and healthcare settings as well as the changes influencing those developments. This is done through further CPD.
The Royal Society of Medicine
I am a senior associate of the Royal Society of Medicine, providing me with access to the latest research and developments in the field of nutrition and health. This is provided through access to scientific journal articles, online presentations and teaching. This is done as CPD.
World Obesity Federation - SCOPE
SCOPE is the only internationally-recognised certification in obesity management. It equips health professionals with up to date, evidence-based obesity management resources, to better treat their obese patients and to excel in their careers. Endorsed by the NHS and over 50 national associations globally.
I achieved SCOPE certification in obesity management in April 2016.
Level 2 - Understanding the care and management of diabetes
The qualification is designed to support you in this the qualification aims to provide an understanding of the different types of diabetes and how they can occur, develop awareness of how the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed with lifestyle changes, to develop the understanding of diabetes diagnosis and initial care and to develop understanding of on-going care and treatment of diabetes to control blood sugar levels.
Level 2 - Common Health Conditions
This course is designed to raise the learner’s awareness of some of the most common health conditions among older people in the UK. Learners will explore conditions such as arthritis, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, sensory loss and stroke awareness. The will examine the risk factors, signs, symptoms and treatment for each one and will also look at a range of strategies that can help improve the quality of life of someone living with one or more of these conditions. These conditions include Dementia, Parkinson's Disease, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Disability, Care planning with reference to equality, dignity and safeguarding.
Coeliac UK Healthcare Professional Member
I have been interested in food allergies and intolerances since beginning my studies in nutrition, which has lead me to getting more actively involved in supporting people with such conditions.
I am a healthcare professional member of Coeliac Uk, enabling me to stay up to date on advances in the support available to those with Coeliac disease.
Diabetes in Healthcare (Royal College of Nursing Certified)
A diabetes educational package for healthcare professionals covering Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. It has been developed by Diabetes UK and Bupa to allow easy access to good-quality diabetes education. I achieved a score of 100% in the assessment.
NHS Health Trainer
Health trainers help their clients to assess their lifestyles and wellbeing, set goals for improving their health, agree action-plans, and provide practical support and information that will help people to change their behaviour. This could include promoting the benefits of:
- Weight Management
- Eating healthily
- Increasing regular exercise
- Social isolation
- Mental wellbeing
DESMOND (Diabetes Education for Self-Management of Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) Educator
DESMOND is the collaborative name for a family of group self management education modules, tool kits and care pathways for people with, or at risk of, Type 2 diabetes. The DESMOND Programme offers training and quality assurance for Healthcare Professionals and Lay Educators to deliver any of the DESMOND modules and tool kits to people in their local communities.
Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) - Full Member
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent, multi-disciplinary charity dedicated to the improvement of the public’s health and wellbeing.
They inform policy and practice, and educate, empower and support communities and individuals to live healthily.
I have been a full member since 2017
Areas of nutrition I deal with
- Adults and elderly adults
- Balanced diet
- Binge eating disorder *
- Coeliac disease *
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Constipation *
- Crohn's disease *
- Diabetes *
- Diarrhoea *
- Digestive problems *
- Eczema *
- Food allergy and food intolerance
- Healthy eating
- Heart disease *
- High blood pressure *
- High cholesterol *
- Irritable bowel syndrome *
- Life stages
- Menopause *
- Obesity *
- Osteoporosis *
- Polycystic ovary syndrome *
- Premenstrual syndrome *
- Psoriasis *
- Rosacea *
- Schoolchildren and teenagers
- Skin health and conditions *
- Tiredness *
- Weight gain
- Weight management
- Women's nutrition
* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, 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.
Please note that the duration of consultations and follow-ups is approximate; going slightly over the scheduled time for that service will NOT incur additional charges (you will only pay for the session you booked)
- Booking Consultation (15 mins) - FREE
- Initial Consultation (inc. food diary analysis & health questionnaire) - £25
- Initial Consultation & standard follow-up (when booked together) - £40
- Follow-up - £20
- Individual food diary analysis and personalised dietary advice and guidelines - £20
Individual food diary analysis, personalised dietary advice and guidance will be conducted via email and telephone and will not require face to face consultation unless you would prefer face to face.
*Food diary analysis will be conducted with the support of an advanced nutritional assessment tool
** Further discounts are available to those on social benefits
Please note that all food diary analysis typically requires the completion of a 7-day food diary, in order to provide an accurate overview of your food and drink intake, accounting for day to day changes in habits, such as at weekends, work patterns, etc. If these poses a problem, an alternative length of diary can be supplied, but please understand that this may result in a less comprehensive and applicable analysis to be possible.
For those who are further afield (beyond a 15mile radius of Newcastle & Gateshead) - I am able to travel (although long journey's may incur an additional charge to cover basic travel expenses) - I will avoid additional charges wherever possible and willing to host Skype sessions if more feasible and economic.
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- Nutritional support for stress
- Snacking between meals - healthy or not so much?
Arranging a consultation
Please ring me or contact me via email to arrange a consultation, this will enable me to provide you with some information about the consultation services so as to inform you of what to expect and for me to put together a bespoke, personalised pre-consultation pack*. (If initial enquiry is via email, I will contact you to arrange a suitable time in which to ring you)
*The pre-consultation pack will usually contain a 7-day food dairy, health questionnaire and some information about the consultation process.
If you suspect a food intolerance/sensitivity then I will send a more specific food diary for you to complete which will require you to detail specific symptoms. Please ensure you mention this during the booking consultation.
During the call we will also arrange a time that is convenient for you and that provides sufficient time for you to complete your food diary and health questionnaire and return it to me for analysis. (Stamped addressed envelopes will be supplied if you prefer to return the information via the postal service, or the information can be returned via email, attaching the scanned copies of the completed forms).
The initial consultation is approximately 60-90 mins (1 - 1 1/2 hours), during which time I will present you with my analysis of your food diary and highlight some areas you could address to improve your general nutritional intake.
We will also discuss what your personal objectives are and set about finding a way in which to achieve these. These can be anything from aiming to support your energy levels, managing your weight, whether it is to gain weight, lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, or to deal with particular issues such as support for symptoms associated with matters like food intolerance/sensitivities.
At the end of the session you will be given a copy of your pre-consultation analysis, the agreed aims and a personalised plan of how you can go about achieving the changes necessary to support you in achieving your goals.
All personalised plans will be designed in an attempt to fit around everything that we discussed and will be based on ensuring that your diet is varied and well balanced, whilst providing the nutrition your body needs.
The aim of these consultations is to provide an opportunity for you to discuss the changes you have managed to adopt and tell me of the effects those changes have had in relation to your personal aims. This is a great time for us to look at those things in which you have managed to do well, as well as those in which you have struggled with and therefore I will try to present alternatives that you could manage if possible (I aim to work with you to achieve your goals and as a consequence will always try to adapt my advice to meet your needs and abilities).
Many people find follow-up consultations a great chance to ask questions that they have come across during the time since the initial consultation (although I am happy to take calls/emails regarding anything that I have advised after the initial session free of charge)
Follow-up consultation typically last 30 minutes, but longer sessions are available if you believe it is necessary and will be charged on a pro-rata basis.
My general opinion is that food is something which not only sustains us; provides our bodies with the vital nutrients needed to function, but should also be enjoyable and not cause us problems or unpleasant symptoms.
Therefore my primary aim is to maximise your nutritional intake through your personalised plan using a variety of food, ensuring a well balanced intake, with specific regards to your personal aims and will only recommend the use of supplements if I believe it is necessary.
Specific laboratory testing for things such as food intolerances can be arranged for an additional charge and where appropriate I may suggest that you attend an appointment another healthcare professional, such as your GP, etc.
Your confidential information will be held in the securely and at no time will your information be passed on to another party without your prior consent.
I am available to conduct a number of nutritional presentations which will be tailored to meet the needs of your audience.
Presentations are typically delivered on a range of nutritional topics, such as general healthy eating and weight management (amongst others) and handouts are made available to all those in attendance.
Previous presentations have been conducted with the local school and colleges, as well as a number of healthcare and patient groups.
Please note that no specific information pertaining to medical conditions or treatment can be offered.
For more information please email or contact me by phone.
Type of session
|Online nutrition support:||Yes|
|Telephone nutrition support:||Yes|
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7am - 8pm Monday - Saturday