My first degree is in biochemistry and I have a Master’s degree in microbiology, both from the University of London.
I have a Nutritional Therapy diploma, and a Certificate of Competence in Nutritional Therapy Practice from the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC), with whom I am also currently registered. I also have a diploma in phytotherapy (herbalism).
Since 1986 I have been a Chartered Biologist and a member of the Society of Biology (formerly the Institute of Biology).
I am also a member of British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) which is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists, a member of the Nutrition Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Experience and depth of knowledge
I worked in bioscience research and medical technology for twenty years before working in nutritional therapy. This training and experience enables me to have a thorough understanding of health and disease from theoretical and clinical points of view. As well as my clinical work, I am a guest lecturer on several nutritional therapy courses to degree and Master’s level.
I have published research on a variety of subjects, and have a patent on a medical device which I developed with two intensive care physicians.
In addition to my clinical work, I am currently engaged in research for a Professional Doctorate in Health Sciences, at the University of Westminster, my research area is nutritional therapy for people with cancer.
At present, there is no legal requirement for nutrition practitioners to be qualified or registered. So choosing a properly qualified and registered practitioner is important, to make sure that you are being seen by someone with the appropriate level of skill, especially when there are so many courses in nutrition that are very short and lack depth.
I am registered with the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) and with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is supported by the Department of Health to regulate complementary therapy. The CNHC holds an Accredited Voluntary Register, a status awarded by the Professional Standards Authority. Registration with CNHC requires that the practitioner has training and experience to the National Occupational Standard, which is set by Skills for Health, a government agency. Registered practitioners are also required to have proper practice insurance and to keep their skills and knowledge up to date by ongoing training.
I am currently Chair of the governing council of the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) and a Trustee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM).