Nutritional therapy

Nutritional therapy promotes good health, performance and personal care though the application of scientific nutrition. A nutritional therapy practitioner may help clients to improve their sense of health and well-being. They may also work with healthcare professionals to support people with chronic conditions.

Your first consultation will include a full health and nutrition questionnaire to supply a thorough background on medical history, health concerns, symptoms, lifestyle and diet. This will enable your nutritional therapy practitioner to devise a personalised nutrition and lifestyle programme for you to follow. A follow-up consultation will be arranged at a later date to monitor progress and allow adjustment.

Nutritional therapy may improve health, support those with chronic conditions and encourage a sense of well-being.

To read more about the potential benefits nutritional therapy has as a form of complementary therapies

Nutritional therapy should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.

Choosing a therapist

It is important to choose a qualified nutritional therapist who has undertaken the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of this technique. 

In order for a qualification to be accepted for FHT membership and to the FHT Therapist Register, it must meet the following criteria:


Skills for Health National Occupational Standards:

  • CNH1 Explore and establish the client’s needs for complementary and natural healthcare
  • CNH2 Develop and agree plans for complementary and natural healthcare with clients
  • CNH8 Provide Nutritional Therapy to clients
  • CNH9 Prescribe nutraceuticals to clients

Core Curriculum

All qualifications related to the FHT’s Register modalities must be reviewed by the FHT Education Panel. The qualification is reviewed by an expert in that particular therapy prior to the registrant being accepted to the FHT Therapist Register.

Training Required

Practical led and observed training. This will ensure the course is mapped to the above standards.

By choosing a nutritional therapist who is an FHT member, you can be confident that they are professionally trained, qualified and insured. They will also be listed on our FHT Therapist Register, as nutritional therapy  is considered a form of complementary healthcare. 

To check that an FHT member is on the FHT Therapist Register

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