Nutritional Therapy is a recognised complementary medicine considered particularly suited to those suffering chronic conditions and looking to optimise their health. It uses nutrition science and is focused on a personalised approach to support individuals. A variety of tools are utilised to assess a persons current health status and identify potential nutritional imbalances. To find out more about how we work and the structure of our appointments, please see our Consultations page.
In addition to this, at Spriggs Nutrition, we utilise a Functional Medicine approach, which The Institute for Functional Medicine describes is asking “how and why an illness occurs an restores health by addressing the root cause of disease for each individual”. Important aspects of this approach are not seeing an individual as a sufferer of condition ‘x’ or just looking at symptoms or a single body system but to assess the whole person including their genetic predispositions, wider environment, food intake, lifestyle, stress, sleep habits and support networks. This is all illustrated in the Functional Medicine tree below;
What is the difference between Nutritional Therapist, Nutritionist & Dietitian?
There are various professions and titles within the nutrition and wellness industry and it can be confusing for those not familiar with the different names so here is a run-down as to some of the different professions and what they mean. Spriggs Nutrition works within private practice and has Registered Nutritional Therapists that work in 1:1 consultation settings, with appropriate insurance and memberships to professional bodies including BANT & CNHC.
Registered Nutritional Therapists & Nutritional Therapists
Whilst neither of these are currently a protected title by law, those who are looking to ensure they have credibility have undertaken training that is reviewed by The Nutritional Educational Commission (NTEC). This helps ensure standards are set and there is an adherence to the National Occupational Standards.
To be a Registered Nutritional Therapist, you must be a member of the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which was set up by the government to protect the public. To be a member, as a therapist you must adhere to the Nation al Standards of Practice and be a member of British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT) completing at least 30 hours of Continual Professional Development per year. You can only join BANT if you have appropriate NTEC accredited qualification and insurance. Being a member of BANT with appropriate insurance allows you to practice as a Nutritional Therapist and carry out one to one consultations.
The approach taken by Nutritional Therapists is an individual, personalised and tailored to each person, based on their medical history and presenting symptoms. It is common place to have on-going dialogue with other healthcare and complimentary therapy professionals involved, ensuring all parties are aware of the nutritional therapy recommendations given. Suggestions made are done so taking into consideration current prescribed medications or treatments, and would never advise a client to stop these. Equally if a client presents to a Nutritional Therapist they would assess and refer that individual to their primary care physician (GP), or appropriate medical doctor when appropriate.
This term is sometimes used as an umbrella term for Nutrition professionals, however it is its own title, but not a legally protected one. This term is used by our practitioners when operating outside of one to one consultations, i.e. when undertaking health or corporate talks about nutrition and speaking at events for example. If this is the case our practitioners will use the title Registered Nutritionist mBANT, to show they are registered with BANT to operate in this way.
Those who are part of the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) which is regulated by the Association of Nutrition are permitted to call themselves Registered Nutritionists. As with the majority of associations there are required credentials to obtain membership and a requirement to uphold professional standards set out.
Often working in the public sector providing advice, information and guidance on health and nutrition. They can also be found working in research, the wider food industry where they apply their knowledge.
Most dietitians work within the National Health Service and as a legally protected title they are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Dietitians have their own professional body, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and main focus is to devise eating plans to support the treatment of medical conditions. As a result they often work as part of a wider team within a healthcare setting. In addition providing guidance to individuals, groups and communities in regards to food choices for good health. Dietitians must register with the HCPC and therefore have appropriate qualifications as well as having valid indemnity insurance allowing them to work with the public in both public and private health care settings.
- The Institute for Functional Medicine: https://www.functionalmedicine.org
- Nutritional Therapy Education Commission: http://www.nteducationcommission.org.uk
- Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council https://www.cnhc.org.uk
- British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine: http://bant.org.uk
- Association of Nutrition http://www.associationfornutrition.org
- Health & Care Professions Council: http://www.hcpc-uk.org