Spriggs Nutrition is part of family owned clinic led by husband and wife team, Mark and Helen Spriggs. The clinic officially opened in February 2017 offering chiropractic care. Introducing nutrition services was the next step once Helen qualified as a Registered Nutritional Therapist that summer. Together the clinic prioritises patient-centred and evidence-based care. Specialising in musculoskeletal conditions and providing functional medicine support through nutrition and lifestyle interventions.
DipNT, MSc Advanced Nutrition (Research & Practice)
Registered Nutritional Therapist rCNHC
BANT Registered Nutritionist®
As a Registered Nutritional Therapist I work one-on-one providing Nutritional Therapy consultations for those with chronic health conditions. I abide by the professional standards of the British Association of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and Complementary & Natural Healthcare Commission (CNHC). As members of both, you can find me listed on the BANT website and search via the CNHC site. My Registration with the CNHC is CNHC01433. Both require members to have training at an accredited institution as well as undertake 30 hours continuing professional development annually. The CNHC is both NHS and Government recognised and the only regulator for Nutritional Therapists that is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
I also embrace running health talks at our Newbury clinic but also community and corporate talks on a variety of topics. For this, it is in accordance with my professional and regulatory body I must use the title ‘BANT Registered Nutritionist®‘. This is to help distinguish between offering personalised therapy consultations and general nutrition promotion.
What led me to be a Nutritional Therapist?
In 2014, I started to retrain to pursue a career in health and wellbeing, as I was unfulfilled by my previous career. Inspired by the drive of my husband and the desire to open our integrated wellness clinic, I went back to study. Having seen friends and family battle a variety of health conditions over the years, I wanted to learn more. Around the same time, increasing research was emerging showing diet as well as lifestyle, environment and genetics play a vital role in our optimal health. Crucially, I wanted to understand how to appropriately use a ‘lifestyle medicine’ approach to help those with chronic conditions or unresolved health issues.
Initially retraining at The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM), on their Naturopathic Nutrition Diploma, an NTEC accredited course.I also attended the intensive Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice course becoming an AFMCP-UK 2017 Graduate. The program is run by the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) in conjunction in the UK, with Clinical Education. It provides GPs, Nutritional Therapists amongst other healthcare providers a common language and approach to chronic health conditions.
What came next?
Having rediscovered a passion for learning (or because I’m just a geek!) I continued my formal education by undertaking an MSc in Advanced Nutrition (Research & Practice), a course accredited by Middlesex University studying with the Northern College of Acupuncture in York. Research within the nutrition profession, especially for those using a functional medicine approach is key, helping boost professional standards. Whilst there is a growing body of nutrition based evidence, it is an evolving field and there is a need for more. Delving further into research has become a new driver to my career to improving care standards. I have developed a particular interest in the connective tissue condition, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Specifically, the hypermobile type known as hEDS, so much so it was the focus of my Masters research completing a thesis entitled:
“Nutritional interventions for symptom management in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of patients’ lived experience”
In addition, I am a member of the Diet & Nutrition Working Group of The International Consortium on Ehlers Danlos Syndrome & Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder, and have participated in the Ehlers Danlos Society Project ECHO programs, bringing practitioners together to share knowledge.
Where does chiropractic fit in?
2017 saw the opening of the Spriggs Chiropractic clinic, with principal chiropractor Dr Mark Spriggs DC. The clinic provides a wonderful diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation facility and is also the home for Spriggs Nutrition. Having additional practitioners on-site provides the opportunity for in-clinic referral and collaborative care where appropriate. Importantly, because we also work with other practitioners and healthcare professionals, we can ensure you have access to the most appropriate support.
- The College of Naturopathic Medicine: www.naturopathy-uk.com
- Nutritional Therapy Education Commission: www.nteducationcommission.org.uk
- Institute for Functional Medicine: ifm.org
- Clinical education: www.clinicaleducation.org
- Northern College of Acupuncture: chinese-medicine.co.uk
- British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine: https://bant.org.uk/