Frequently Asked Questions?
What is the difference between a Dietician, Nutritionist, and Nutritional Therapist?
It can be rather overwhelming to understand the difference, so we will briefly clarify this for you. You can therefore make an informed decision about which professional will best suit your needs. Each professional, may opt or need to register with certain organisations or societies to practise. For some of these, the entry requirements differ immensely depending on the course taken, training and code of standards and ethics each practitioner must abide to.
As a professional in the field, they are regulated by the Health and Care Professions council and are the only ones whose title is protected by law. Their training involves a 4 year degree in dietetics or a science degree followed by another qualification. They work within the NHS, often in a hospital setting. Clients are only referred to NHS dieticians by GPs when there is an indication of adverse effects of diet: for example obesity, or where a dietary intervention can help to control a condition, like diabetes. Unfortunately, there may be a long waiting list (6 months or so) to see a dietician, if referred by a GP. Some may work as consultants in a private practice. Dieticians are registered on the board of British Dietetics Association board (BDA).
Registered nutritionists have a good understanding of the scientific basis of nutrition and work in a range of settings including academia, food industry, research or the media. Unlike dieticians, they do not give direct health-related advice to individuals as they are not trained in clinical practice. They are often employed by the food industry to write food labels, devise new recipes and provide health information to the general public. Public health nutritionists work in communities to either promote health or get involved in policy development and campaign work. The titles ‘nutritionist or ‘registered nutritionist’ are not protected by law and it is best to always check professional registrations.
Nutritional Therapy is the most contentious of all three disciplines. Nutritional Therapists work mostly in private practice, on a one to one basis where we use our training in clinical practice to apply an evidence based approach. Our title is unregulated by law but it is approved and registered with the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) and importantly we abide to National Occupational Standards set by the Department of Health. We abide to their strict code of ethics, conduct and practice. As described previously, Nutritional Therapists focus on the link between health and diet with an emphasis on identifying the root cause of the problem. Unlike dietetics, this is a complementary practice where if advising clients on food supplements, it is for their therapeutic purposes. However, dieticians would do so in cases of obvious deficiency.
Following the description of our role at Nutri Affairs, it is our job to establish whether an individual’s approach to their diet is right for their body or if it is to blame, in part for ill-health.
Tailored treatment programmes are formulated to ensure that the body mind and spirit are brought back into balance to allow the body to heal from within.
How much do consultations cost?
The cost of consultations involves analysis of your questionnaire, food diary and consultation form conducted, prior to and following your appointments and includes a bespoke nutritional and lifestyle treatment plan along with ongoing support through phone calls and emails.
- At the Live Free Wellness Chiropractic Clinic in Putney and at the Royal Automobile Club prices vary
- A package of 4 consultations can be bought at a favourable rate.
- Skype consultations are also available-Enquire to find out more.