Food for Good Health:
A nutrition support service provided by Gillian Farren, registered dietitian
Registered dietitians are the only HCPC-registered and regulated nutrition professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional health problems at an individual and wider public-health level. They use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices to support their health goals.
A consultation with Gillian is truly bespoke, with an expert approach tailored to each client’s personal circumstances. This begins with a thorough assessment of each client’s presenting complaints and symptoms alongside all relevant current medical history, medication, lifestyle and routines, including a specific focus on food habits and choices.
Gillian will support you to:
decide on what you want and/or need to change, how and when;
be confident in your health and lifestyle choices, by ensuring that the scientific rationale for your care plan is comprehensively researched and evidenced with the latest cutting-edge thinking from the professional nutrition and dietetic community;
ensure that you make your chosen changes happen in a way that empowers you to enjoy continued success, far beyond the lifespan of your initial consultation, and onwards in your health journey.
The end result is not simply “just another diet sheet” but instead a comprehensive package of expert care to help you make the changes you need to achieve your very best possible level of health and wellbeing.
The “Bedrock” package £355
This is a 3-step package:
Prior to your consultation, you will receive a phone from our Consultant Dietician. She will discuss with you your key goals, what to expect from the consultation and what you need to have ready with you. This usually lasts around 15 minutes.
During your main consultation appointment, our Consultant Dietitian will present her initial findings to you, followed by her proposed care plan based on these findings and current best practice relevant to your circumstances. She will then invite you to share your initial thoughts and reactions so that she can further tailor your care plan to your specific needs. This appointment can last between 60 and 75 minutes.
Following your main consultation, our Consultant Dietitian will then incorporate any further information shared during the consultation into your completed care plan, which you will receive shortly after your main consultation has taken place.
A short appointment then usually takes place one to two weeks after your core consultation, depending on availability, and allowing you time to make a start on your care plan and explore any changes that you may need to make. This appointment usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes.
We also offer several ‘add-ons’ to this service. Add-ons include:
- The “Drill-down” option:
Macro- and micro-nutrient dietary analysis (starting at £105):
While all foundation packages include a food-based analysis of eating patterns and a headline focus on key nutrient adequacy, depending on the client’s specific goals, sometimes clients seek additional reassurance with regard to the nutritional adequacy of their dietary intake. This can be found in a comprehensive macro- and micro-nutrient analysis based on a minimum of three days of the client’s food intake. Clients are asked to provide a detailed food diary (a template will be supplied) and will in return receive a detailed report generated using a validated nutrition software package, summarising their nutritional intake against current RDA’s and providing specific food and/or supplement advice based on these findings.
- The “Build-Up” option:
Case manager's report (starting at £95):
Clients who require a high level of day-to-day support, whether in their own home or in a specialist care setting, may need to have their care co-ordinated by an independent case manager. The case manager plays a crucial role in bringing together all necessary services to support their client to lead as independent and healthy a life as possible, and in ensuring that appropriate funds and resources are in place to ensure this can happen. A dietitian’s report can make an extremely helpful addition to the case manager’s client portfolio, and can help to ensure that future challenges, hiccups and/or delays in necessary nutrition support are anticipated and planned for in the early stages of a client’s care journey.
We also offer patients the opportunity to create their own bespoke package including specialist services, such as:
Therapeutic food preparation;
Exposure, de-sensitisation and texture modification sessions;
Accompanied supermarket visits and/or customised shopping list assistance;
Practical training for carers;
Bespoke menu planning and recipe analysis.