Welcome to Nutritional Therapy Clinic at University of Worcester
Nutritional Therapy is a complementary therapy that uses evidence - based research and practice to support clients where a range of factors including diet, nutrition, lifestyle and eating behaviours along with other factors are assessed. The Functional Medicine Model is applied to review cases and embed a client centred approach where Nutritional Science is reviewed from a cellular level to establish potential deficiencies and roots causes that maybe linked to presenting symptoms.
An overview of your first session at the clinic is available in our Nutritional Therapy Clinic Processes [PDF]
What exactly is Functional Medicine and how does this relate to Nutritional Therapy?
You might have heard of the term ‘Functional Medicine’ and wondered what this means or how it can help you. Functional Medicine is a systems biology model which we refer to as ‘individualised and client-centred’. Functional Medicine also focuses on the root cause of the illness or health concern rather than focusing on the symptom.
Nutritional Therapy often adapts the Functional Medicine approach and uses aspects of it to address nutritional balance and help support individuals towards maintaining health. Nutritional Therapy practitioners assess the client’s health and nutritional status by piecing together the client's health history, current symptoms, genetic data (if relevant) and any clinical test results to identify nutritional imbalances and how these could be contributing towards an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This is then followed by a personalised nutrition and lifestyle programme that is unique for that individual client where specific nutrition and lifestyle recommendations are put forward to help enhance your well-being.
Who is Nutritional Therapy suitable for?
If you think Nutritional Therapy can support you whether you have a chronic health condition or are just interested in enhancing your health and well-being why not reach out to us and see how we can help you. As Nutritional Therapists we are not able to treat or diagnose conditions, however we can support and advise you on nutrition and lifestyle factors that may benefit you. We will work alongside other healthcare practitioners where relevant and with your permission.
How are Nutritional Therapy sessions conducted?
Currently we are conducting our clinic consultations online and face to face to provide a level of flexibility and to reach out to as many individuals as possible. Therefore, if travelling is an issue, please do not worry as we can access you from the comfort of your home if you wish. All we require is that you have access to a device to connect with us and ample Wi-Fi connection.
Please note there is a charge of £5 per appointment for staff and members of the public. However, appointments for University of Worcester students will be free.
What to expect from your clinic experience and how we can help you.
Our student Nutritional Therapist’s will devise a:
- Personalised nutrition and lifestyle programme for you based on your agreed health goals
- Provide you with evidence-based handouts where appropriate and perhaps signpost you to further resources for information
- Assess and identify possible nutritional imbalances and help you rectify them
- Work with you to support your body to maintain or improve health
- Where appropriate suggest and review nutritional supplementation and testing if required
Nutritional Therapy students adhere to BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) professional practice standards and the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council) code of conduct related to ethics and performance.
All consultations are conducted confidentially and fully supervised by a Qualified and Registered Nutritional Therapist.
How many consultations will I need?
A minimum of two consultations will be required, however further follow up appointments can be arranged if required.
Will last an hour and thirty minutes approximately where your student Nutritional Therapist will discuss your symptoms and concerns with you and negotiate a personalised nutritional therapy plan incorporating agreed nutritional and lifestyle recommendations.
What will you take away with you after this first meeting
A Nutritional Therapy recommendation sheet with some agreed action points for you to try and any relevant information related to your case such as information handouts, recipe ideas and information related to specific supplements and testing that may benefit you. Please note you are not obliged to purchase any supplements or tests we recommend we are merely informing you of what is available and what may support you based on the information you have shared with us.
Will last approximately forty-five minutes to an hour where your overall health and Nutritional Therapy plan will be reviewed, and where appropriate further recommendations or changes will be made depending on your progress.
Please note with all Nutritional Therapy appointments we work in collaboration with you and are not here to judge you or tell you what to eat. Our role is to listen, support and help you make everlasting changes that will benefit your overall health and well–being.
How do I sign up for Nutritional Therapy at Worcester University
If you are interested in an appointment with us, we would love to hear from you. All we ask is that you complete the client contact form and nutritional therapy questionnaire and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we have these forms returned and a space becomes available you will be assigned a student Nutritional Therapist who will contact you to arrange an appointment and, in the meantime, will review the information you have provided to base their research on your case and put forward an agreed plan of action. We acknowledge the questionnaire is long, however it is important that we get as much information as we can from you to fully understand your past and current health details so we can support and guide you to make sustained changes in enhancing your health and well-being.
Appointments are available on Wednesdays and Fridays and some occasional Saturdays during Semester times.
"I received two consultations with a student Nutritional Therapist to address some symptoms I experience from my hypothyroidism after trying various diets and supplements over the years which didn't work.
I feel the student Nutritional Therapist provided a highly personalised plan of recommendations for me to try from our first consultation and really listened to the important changes I wanted to see.
I admit I was sceptical but after following the recommendations for well over a month I saw some significant results in my energy and mood as well as my hair and digestion.
Some of the small changes, supplements, swaps and substitutes I would never have considered I felt made a difference, I was no longer experiencing daily fatigue and anxiety which allowed me to go to the gym more frequently than I was before.
I feel very relieved to see my symptoms improve as a result of and pleased that this has helped me in a multitude of ways. I will definitely be continuing the recommendations in the future!