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The Nutritional Therapy Descriptor


Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition and lifestyle medicine sciences in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioners assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional imbalance and help support the body towards maintaining health.


Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing. Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a 'one size fits all' approach.

Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with 'red flag' signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They frequently work alongside medical professionals and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client's care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.


The Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (RNTP) requests that the Client notes the following:


  • The degree of benefit obtainable from nutritional therapy may vary between clients with similar health problems and following a similar nutritional therapy programme.

  • Nutrition and lifestyle recommendations will be tailored to support health conditions and/or health concerns identified and agreed between both parties.

  • RNTPs are not permitted to diagnose, or claim to treat, medical conditions.

  • RNTPs’ recommendations are not a substitute for professional medical advice and/or treatment.

  • Your RNTP may recommend food supplements and/or functional testing as part of your nutritional therapy programme and may receive a commission on these products or services.

  • Standards of professional practice in nutritional therapy are governed by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) Code of Conduct, Ethics and Performance.

  • This document only covers the practice of nutritional therapy within this consultation, and your practitioner will make it clear if he or she intends to provide services that are outside the scope of nutritional therapy practice.


The Client understands and agrees to the following:


  • I am responsible for contacting my GP about any health concerns.

  • If I am receiving treatment from my GP, or any other medical provider, I should tell him/her about any nutritional recommendations provided by my RNTP. This is necessary because of any possible reaction between medication and the nutritional programme.

  • It is important that I tell my RNTP about any medical diagnosis, medication, herbal medicine or food supplements I am taking as this may affect the nutritional programme.

  • If I am unclear about the agreed nutritional therapy programme/food supplement doses/time period, I should contact my RNTP promptly for clarification.

  • I understand that the recommendations are personal to me and may not be appropriate for others.

  • I must contact my RNTP should I wish to continue any specified supplement programme for longer than the originally agreed period, to avoid any potential adverse reactions.

  • Recording consultations using any form of electronic media is not allowed without the written permission of both me and my RNTP.

  • It is my responsibility to ensure I have a working internet connection for online appointments. If I am unable to connect as scheduled, the appointment is considered a ‘no show’ and charged in full.


Confidentiality and Data Protection


The Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner will keep your personal information confidential and secure following the UK GDPR guidelines for the practice. The RNTP will not share your information with third parties without your consent. However, if the RNTP believes there is a risk of significant harm to yourself or another person, the RNTP may pass the information onto an appropriate authority using the legal basis of vital interest. A separate Privacy and Consent Notice is available for your review.


Payment Terms and Cancellation Policy


Fees are agreed in advance of the appointment and an invoice will be issued within 24 hours of the booking being made. Payment is due within 72 hours of receiving the invoice to secure the booking. Package fees are paid in full in advance of the first appointment, unless otherwise agreed in writing. If a payment plan has been agreed, payment due dates will be specified in writing by the RNTP. Failure to meet payment dates may result in cancellation of future appointments. Payments can be made by bank transfer; all payment details will be detailed on the invoice.


Appointments cancelled with less than 72 hours’ notice and ‘no shows’ will be charged in full. You may, however, request to change the date of your appointment free of charge no less than 24hours before the appointment by contacting the RNTP.


You have the right to cancel this Agreement within 14 days of the purchase without penalty (‘Cooling-off Period’). If you wish to terminate the agreement within the 14-day Cooling-off Period, you must do so in writing to The RNTP will refund any monies paid prior to cancelling this Agreement. If the services have commenced during the 14-day Cooling-off Period, the RNTP will refund any monies due to you for services not yet provided. The refund payment will be made within 14 days of cancellation.


As part of their training, nutritional therapy students are encouraged to observe qualified practitioners conducting consultations. If you would feel comfortable with a student observing your consultation, please tick this box to provide your consent  


We understand the above and agree that our professional relationship will be based on the content of this Agreement. We declare that all the information we share during this professional relationship is confidential and to the best of our knowledge is true and correct.

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