Professional Registration and Regulating Bodies

I am a fully insured BANT member and CNHC-registered Nutritional Therapist. I studied Nutritional Therapy to degree level having completed a First Class BSc (Hons) at the University of West London.

After a few years in practice, I decided to specialise in clinical Psychoneuroimmunology (cPNI), for which I studied at post-graduate level for 2 years with the Natura Foundation.

I am also a BANT approved Nutrigenetic Counsellor (NgC) and a referring practitioner for DNALife (Nordic VMA Laboratories) and Genova Diagnostics Nutrigenomic Profile Testing (Genovations).

BANT stands for British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy. It is the professional body for nutritional therapists in UK and membership is subject to high standards of training and continued professional development. All BANT members complete a minimum of 30 hours CPD every year.  To access my BANT profile, please click here.ScrollCropped

CNHC stands for Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.  CNHC is the regulating body for Nutritional Therapists in UK and an accredited register under the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

CNHC registered practitioners are suitably qualified and insured professionals supported by the government.  The Department of Health encourages GPs to recommend CNHC registered practitioners to patients looking for complementary healthcare.

My academic formation conforms to the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Core Curriculum for Nutritional Therapy established by Skills for Health.

Cell Nutrition services are registered with the NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Therapies.

Any information acquired through Cell Nutrition is strictly confidential and stored in accordance with UK law through the Data Protection Act 1998.  Client’s record details are never passed to third parties without written consent.

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

Nutrition science is an extremely dynamic field of study that requires constant updating efforts for those who intend to keep up with the fast-paced rhythm of emerging research. I have a passion for learning which has met endless possibilities within the vast field of Clinical Nutrition and Psychoneuroimmunology (cPNI).

My career development plans include further training in related areas within Psychoneuroimmunology including adjunct therapeutic tools such as NLP and a masters in cPNI. Clinical PNI encompasses the psychosomatic and emotional aspects of care as fundamentally related to the physical health of individuals. Described as a combination of “hard science and soft skills”, clinical PNI complements Nutritional Therapy with the essential consideration of the human dimension of physical and emotional problems. For more information on cPNI, visit the Natura Foundation website or read one of my blog posts here.

DNApurplecroppedI am also a member of the US-based functional medicine community FMTown, which is owned and directed by Dr Dicken Weatherby.  FMTown is an online community for healthcare professionals offering training and discussions on the functional medicine approach to health at post-graduate level.  I have completed the courses on Foundations of Functional Diagnosis,  Foundations of Blood Chemistry Analysis and Entry Level Clinical Nutrition with FMTown.

As part of my CPD activities, I attend several BANT-approved seminars and training days throughout the UK every year.  These seminars are themed around the nutritional influences on all major bodily functions and the latest developments in nutrition science.

Having completed academic research in the field of insulin resistance and fasting exercise, pre-diabetic states associated with the metabolic syndrome and chronic medical diseases are of particular interest to me.

Through cPNI, I have gained greater understanding of the incredibly powerful influence of the immune system on all body systems.  I have a keen interest in the scientific evidence linking bioactive food compounds to immune function, particularly regarding immune cell interaction and its effects on allergies, chronic inflammation, antiviral activity, auto-immunity and disease resistance.