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Aims of The Nutritional Therapy Education Commission

  • Set standards of training and education that meet the National Occupational Standards for Nutritional Therapy, and to keep those updated as necessary
  • Accredit courses in Nutritional Therapy that meet the Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards
  • Publish the names and relevant details of all training providers whose courses have been accredited
  • Provide guidance on education and training issues to training providers
  • Set standards for post-graduate competency in specialist areas of practice
  • Establish registers of specialist practitioners
  • Set processes for Return to Practice assessment
  • Work with other organizations to improve professional practice in nutritional therapy
  • Provide a route for Certification of nutrition courses for non-NT professionals, to enable the principles of personalized nutrition to be incorporated into other health-orientated practices such as food preparation and health and social care.
  • Provide accreditation to a recognized standard for nutritional therapy courses provided outside the UK, and to engage with appropriate bodies internationally on the regulation of practice and accreditation of training.
  • To respect the NTEC privacy policy May 2018

Meet the NTEC Team

Karen Watkins – NTEC Interim Chair

Karen was invited by the Nutritional Therapy Council (which evolved to become NTEC) to formulate the first set of standards for training providers of nutritional therapy. A passionate believer in promoting professionalism and building an industry to be proud of, she designed an accreditation process to foster excellency and consistency across the industry, whilst always advocating the need for fairness and equity to training providers.

Karen works full time for the successful hair mineral analysis company, Mineral Check Ltd providing technical expertise and support. An experienced pundit in this burgeoning field she is both a lecturer as well as publishing articles and undertaking new research. Karen is a fellow of BANT and ION and in her spare time a keen runner and horse rider.

Alison Benbow - NTEC Board Member and Assessor

Alison has been part of the nutritional therapy industry for nearly two decades; a practitioner for 15 years with particular interest in working with breast cancer clients, she then became the course leader of the nutritional therapy Masters Degree course at the University of Worcester and under her capable leadership has steered the course through university reapproval and NTEC reaccreditation, whilst also leading theory and clinical practice modules of the course. 

Alison has been involved in NTEC is many ways; in the past she was involved in the NTEC initiated project that informed the core curriculum for nutritional therapy and recently she lead a research project to evaluate the teaching clinic, the results of which were published in an industry journal. She is a professional standards board member for the CNHC and a fellow of BANT, in her other life she is a farmer’s wife with three grown up daughters, she loves gardening, yoga and walking her two beautiful Labradors.

Anne Pemberton – NTEC Short Course Co-ordinator and Board Member/Assessor

Anne has a medical background with a previous career as a registered nurse and sister of an ICU ward. After studying nutrition, she now runs a busy international clinic specialising in autism spectrum disorders and CFS; in addition, she has been involved in teaching both clinical and academic nutritional therapy since 2008 and running the MSc programme for nutrition at the Northern College of Acupuncture for many years. Anne has many other strings to her bow being a published author, international speaker, heartmath coach and NES health practitioner.

Anna Gruvstad Melén – NTEC Finance Officer and Board Member

After a successful accounting career for a large multinational shipping company in Denmark, Anna had a very personal introduction to nutrition; suffering from ME/CFS during her first pregnancy she embarked on her own healing journey of which nutrition played a central role. She went on to gain an MSc in personalised nutrition from CNELM and recently qualified as a nutritional therapist. She remains committed to specialising in ME and CFS and is currently collaborating with Middlesex University and Optimum Health Clinic on a research study into the impact of nutrition on mitochondrial function in these conditions. 

Anna is multi lingual and has lived in 8 countries, she loves travel, skiing and hot yoga and now lives by the sea in Sweden with her husband and two children. 

Donna Harvey – NTEC Short Courses and Board Member/Assessor

A Guernsey native, Donna’s original career was as a primary school teacher. She retrained to become a nutritional therapist completing a Diploma and BSc with BCNH whilst also working in finance. Donna wears many hats as she is both a practicing therapist and an academic tutor for BCNH, whilst still working part time in finance. Her area of specialism is CFS/ME and fibromyalgia and she is currently studying to become a Chrysalis Effect Specialist Practitioner in these areas. When time allows Donna can be found outdoors in Guernsey’s beautiful scenery with her husband and their two German wirehaired pointers. 

Paula Werret – NTEC Assessor

Paula has worked in education for over 15 years joining ION in 2005. She has worked in a number of different roles from lecturer and tutor to heading up their diploma courses into her present role as Head of Undergraduate Provision. Alongside her educational role Paula is a qualified nutritional therapist with a special interest in digestive health and autoimmunity and also runs corporate sessions and workshops in this field. Away from work Paula enjoys spending time with her family.

Justine Bold – NTEC Assessor

Justine is an experienced educator and fellow of the Higher Education Academy; she is both a programme director in the Centre for Medical Education at Cardiff University and a senior lecturer of nutritional therapy at the University of Worcester.  She has been involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in nutrition since 2005. A qualified therapist since 2003 with interests in assisted conception/pre conceptual care, food allergies and intolerances and coeliac disease, Justine is a published author many times over; she has written journal papers, conference papers, consumer press reports, research reports, books and book chapters. Justine has been a regular contributor to TV and radio programmes including BBC’s Trust Me I’m a Doctor, BBC News and Radio 4’s Women’s Hour amongst others.

Rita Arora – NTEC Assessor

Rita is both a nutritional therapist and a registered pharmacist with a busy private practice in South Kensington. Rita also works with ‘The Pure Package’, a luxury bespoke meal service and teaches Nutrition in Culinary Practice at Leith’s School of Food and Wine, this allows her to combine her nutritional expertise with another of her great passions; food! – Rita loves eating out and trying new foods, as well as foreign travel, taking long walks in the park and catching up with her twin children who are both university students.

Jane Bains -  NTEC Administrator

Jane has worked for NTEC as their administrator since 2018, she is a practising nutritional therapist of 10 years, with a specialism in gut health. Jane is a keen gardener and a passionate advocate for youth services; she volunteers at a local community garden supporting young adults to grow, harvest and prepare their own food. Janes lives in Wheathampstead with her husband, teenage son and two dogs.

Olivia Simmons – NTEC Communications Officer

After a career in the advertising media industry Olivia retrained as a nutritional therapist with BCNH completing a Diploma and BSc. After graduation she moved from Sydney, Australia to the Sussex countryside where she runs nutrition and cookery workshops for the local community using homegrown produce from her vegetable garden. Olivia lives near Lewes with her husband, three children, dog and chickens.

Contact Details

Please contact us by email or post
Email: info@nteducationcommission.org.uk

Nutritional Therapy Education Commission
BM Box 3304

NTEC Chair

Interim Karen Watkins
Registered Nutritional Therapist

NTEC is an executive agency of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine. 
BM Box 3304 London WC1N 3XX

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