Helen Fletcher BA(Hons), DipNT
Registered Nutritional Therapist rCNHC & Registered Nutritionist mBANT
As a Registered Nutritional Therapist I work in a one to one capacity providing Nutritional Therapy consultations in line with the professional standards outlined by the professional bodies including the British Association of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and Complementary & Natural Healthcare Commission (CNHC). I am members of both and you can find me listed here on the BANT website and you can search for me on the CNHC and my Registration with them is 00056-H17. They both require members to have training at an accredited institution as well undertake continuing professional development to maintain the highest standards. The CNHC is both NHS and Government recognised, and the only regulator for Nutritional Therapists that is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
In addition to working in a one to one capacity I also run health talks both at our clinic in Newbury but also in the community and corporate talks for businesses. For this it is in accordance with my professional and regulatory body I must use the title Registered Nutritionist mBANT, this is to help distinguish between offering personalised therapy consultations and general promotion on nutrition.
In 2014, I chose to retrain having spent a decade in contract specification and business development, to delve into health and wellbeing. Inspired by the drive and passion of my now fiancé, and after seeing many friends and family battling with a variety of health conditions but failing to find the answers in conventional healthcare I wanted to learn more. Convinced the role of diet and lifestyle plays a vital role in optimal health, I could not discount its necessity in managing chronic conditions such as Type II Diabetes or osteoporosis, which effect an overwhelming number of people and places an increased strain on our public health services.
This led me to retrain at The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM), on their Naturopathic Nutrition Diploma, an NTEC accredited course. In addition to this I 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, allowing GPs, Nutritional Therapists, Chiropractors, Psychiatrists and Pharmacists among others to gain a common language and approach to chronic health conditions.
Having rediscovered a passion for learning, I’m continuing my formal education undertaking a MSc in Advanced Nutrition (Research & Practice) 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. During my training it became clear that whilst there is a great body of evidence already there is a great need to continue to drive this and so delving further into this area has become a new driver to my career.
2017 saw the opening of the Spriggs Chiropractic clinic, a joint venture between Helen and Dr Mark Spriggs DC. The clinic situated in Newbury, West Berkshire provides wonderful diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation facilities and is also the home for, Spriggs Nutrition. Having additional practitioners on-site provides the opportunity for in-clinic referrals where appropriate, we also work with numerous other complimentary therapists and healthcare professional across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire and the rest of the Home Counties to ensure you have 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/