How to become a Nutritional Therapist

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: June 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Nutritional therapists are complementary health practitioners who provide practical advice and guidance on diet and nutrition to help people manage medical conditions and allergies, aid weight loss, improve sporting performance or improve general health and well-being.

Nutritional therapists generally operate private practices, providing advice to patients either face-to-face or sometimes on the phone or via video conferencing. Nutritional therapy is not statutorily regulated in the UK but there are two voluntary regulatory bodies for complementary health practitioners such as nutritional therapists; the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Although registration with either of these bodies is not mandatory, it demonstrates the therapist's qualifications and training and that they meet recognised professional standards.

Nutritional therapists are distinct from dietitians, who are subject to statutory regulation. They are also distinct from nutritionists, who although not subject to statutory regulation are qualified to degree level and are usually employed by food producers, charities or publishers to provide advice about food science and healthy eating. Go to www.bda.uk.com/publications/dietitian_nutritionist.pdf for a guide to the different roles and functions of dietitians, nutritionists and nutritional therapists and see BOP 555, Dietitian, for more information.

This profile provides information about starting up and practising as a nutritional therapist. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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