People often ask how I came to be a Nutritional Therapist…
I previously worked for 10 years in the legal profession as a Solicitor for a large commercial law firm and was fed-up with the stress filled corporate environment. I also wanted to improve my own health and the health of my family (some of whom suffer with chronic autoimmune conditions). I enrolled on a short 12 week nutrition course, which opened my eyes to so many things that I decided to leave the legal world behind and re-train as a nutritional therapist.
I studied for 3 years at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Bristol specialising in nutrition from a naturopathic approach. The course delivered training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, clinical skills and nutritional science. In addition it required 2 years of supervised clinical observation and practice. At the end of the 3 years, I was delighted to receive an award for outstanding performance, graduating as one of the top students in the country.
In addition to the nutritional effects of food, I believe it’s also important to consider the ethical and environmental aspects of its production. Whilst re-training I worked for the Soil Association, an environmental charity campaigning for sustainable food production and access to good food for all. This gave me a huge insight into the challenges faced when trying to change food culture and the food system.
Having set up my own nutritional therapy business, Fine Feather Nutrition, I now work with clients with a diverse range of conditions and health goals to guide and support them back to good health. I am also an Assistant Clinical Supervisor at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, supervising final year students in clinic.
Alongside my clinic, I work part-time as the Senior Technical Advisor at ADM Protexin (previously Probiotics International Limited). Here I get to completely geek-out, researching the gut microbiome (the amazing community of microorganisms that reside inside us and have a profound impact on our health). It is therefore perhaps unsurprising that gut health has become one of my specialisms.
In my spare time you will often find me in the kitchen, experimenting with recipes and cooking for friends and family. I’m also a country girl at heart and love exploring the UK’s beautiful mountains and coastal paths every opportunity I get.
For a positive health outcome I believe it is important that you choose a nutritional therapist that you feel you can trust and connect with. You’re welcome to call or meet me for a chat to ask any questions.
QUALIFICATIONS & ACCREDITATION BODIES
I trained for 3 years at the college of Naturopathic Medicine in Bristol, specialising in nutrition. I received a national bursary for outstanding performance, graduating as one of the top students in the UK.
I am a member of/registered with the follow accreditation bodies:
British Association of Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT)
BANT is a registering body for nutrition professionals. Its aim is to assist members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect client’s interests and the reputation of nutritional therapy as a profession.
BANT promotes high standards of education, practice and ethics within the profession. BANT membership can offer the following assurances:
• BANT members are qualified in both the science of nutrition as well as clinical practice and must have met the required standards of training.
• BANT practitioners must carry full profession indemnity insurance.
• BANT practitioners adhere to the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the BANT Professional Practice Handbook.
• BANT members are required to participate in continuing professional development to ensure they keep fully updated in their profession.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
The CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners, which was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of therapists. CNHC’s register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
All CNHC registered practitioners are entitled to use CNHC’s quality mark, which demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and high standards. The General Medical Council (GMC) guidance confirms that doctors are able to refer patients to practitioners on Accredited Registers, including the CNHC.