What is functional nutrition?
Functional nutrition, also referred to as nutritional therapy and nutritional medicine, utilises a functional medicine approach - this considers all possible root causes of a health condition and/or of presenting symptoms, including genetics, nutrient deficiency and excess, environmental and lifestyle factors, trauma and stress
Is functional nutrition/nutritional therapy covered by health insurance?
If you have health insurance you may be eligible for a refund of your appointment fees. You should discuss this directly with your insurance provider. At this time, I do not liaise directly or collaborate with any health insurance providers.
Is our consultation confidential?
You Nutrition follow strict GDPR guidelines, which means that all of your records are securely stored and everything discussed is completely confidential. You can request your records, or request deletion and/or transfer of your records at at any time.
Is nutritional therapy available on the NHS?
Unfortunately, functional nutrition/nutritional therapy isn’t yet available on the NHS.
When and how do I pay?
Payment is required ahead of appointments. You can pay by direct debit or I can provide you with a safe payment link using Stripe. Payment details will be provided when you book your initial consultation.
Are consultations in person or online?
All consultations are available via Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet.
How many consultations will I need?
Everyone’s individual health needs are different. However, most clients will require a minimum of an initial consultation plus 2 follow-on appointments. Packages are available for more complex health concerns. See below.
What is the duration of appointments?
The initial consultation is 1 hour in duration. During this appointment, depending on your capability and needs, a range of recommendations will be made for implementation. Follow on appointments are 40 minutes in duration.
What is the frequency of appointments?
This varies depending on client need but generally speaking, appointments are scheduled 4 weeks apart.
Can I contact you between appointments?
We encourage clients to reach out following an appointment for clarification on any of the recommendations made, and between appointments if there is an issue e.g. a change in symptoms, to provide an update, or to send in GP test results. If clients feel that they require midpoint appointments between full appointments, they can schedule a 20 minute consultation at a cost of £50.
Do I need to complete any paperwork?
There is paperwork to be completed ahead of the initial consultation. A Terms of Engagement document needs to be completed before an initial consultation can proceed. Further paperwork includes an initial questionnaire and a timeline of life events. There is also sometimes the need to complete a food and symptoms diary. Completing this provides me with the level of detail I need to fully review your case and maximises the support I can offer you.
What if the paperwork feels too much?
Not everyone has time or ability to complete paperwork, so there is an option to extend an initial appointment to 1.5 hours with an additional cost of £75 if you would prefer for us to complete your paperwork with you in the initial consultation.
Are there any additional costs?
Additional costs may include supplements. When these are recommended, they are sent in a ‘shopping basket’ via the Natural Dispensary online supplement shop with a 10 % discount applied. Clients can also opt to source their own supplements directly from supplement companies. Private functional testing is often recommended - test costs vary depending on the type of test selected (see below). There may also be additional costs as you implement the recommendations such as changes to your weekly shop.
Will you run any tests?
Quite often, testing will be suggested to determine markers for health. Where possible, all required tests are requested via your healthcare provider. However, in some cases there may be grounds for ordering private functional tests which have varying costs. Options for these will be discussed in full during appointments. Functional tests range from £100 - £700. Tests will be suggested based on your case presentation and your budget.
Will you speak with my healthcare provider?
I will write to your healthcare providers to request tests or to report any concerning symptoms. Your permission would be requested and you would be copied in to all correspondence.
What is your availability?
Appointments are scheduled around other commitments so please reach out if you'd like to schedule an appointment and we can discuss this further.
You can schedule any of the following appointments by using the contact form, by emailing us at email@example.com, by emailing Kirstie or Deborah directly, or by calling the Rutland Clinic on 01572 820108
Duration: 15 mins
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate support, we offer a free 15-minute initial chat that can be scheduled by contacting us, via the contact form or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
During this time, you will be asked a number of questions relating to your health concern or the health concern of your child, so that we can determine if we are the best fit for you and your family. This is also your opportunity to ask us questions.
Initial functional nutrition consultation
Duration: 1 hour
An initial functional nutrition consultation is for any client who has concerns related to their health or the health of their child and would like a full review of their health and nutritional status. You will be sent an extensive questionnaire to complete, and once this has been returned, we will schedule an initial appointment. At this appointment, we will discuss your health history or the health of your child in detail, and put together a staged diet and lifestyle plan, which may include supplements and nutraceuticals. If required, options for testing will be discussed.
Initial Standard Nutrition consultation
Duration - 1 hour
A standard nutrition consultation is for clients who are interested in improving their health and nutritional status, improving their nutritional knowledge, are require support with any of the following: advice relating to diet, lifestyle and supplementation; weight management; pregnancy support; weaning; and infant or child nutrition, including education around dietary needs and management of fussy eating; family or individual meal planning. Note that these appointments do not offer support for health conditions.
Follow on consultation
Duration: 40 mins
At the end of the initial appointment, we will schedule the first follow on appointment. The date for this will be dependant on your health needs, but we typically schedule the first follow on appointment between 2 and 4 weeks after the initial consultation. Further follow-ons are scheduled depending on your requirements. It is recommended that clients schedule regular appointments to ensure availability. Kirstie or Deborah will advise you on the appropriate frequency and appointment duration to best support your needs.
3-month package: Initial consultation, 3 follow on consultations
This three month long package includes a one hour long initial consultation and three further 40 minute consultations. Discounts are available when appointments are purchased in blocks and scheduled ahead of time. By purchasing a 3-month package you save £50 of the overall cost (RRP £450). Should you require continued support after the 3 months, these sessions can also be purchased in blocks of 4 x 40-minute sessions for £360 (£40 discount). Supplementation is often suggested, which is not included in the cost of the package. Functional tests may be suggested if necessary.
6-month neurodegenerative health package
Included: Initial consultation, 5 follow on consultations, functional testing
This six month long package includes a one hour long initial consultation, 5 further 40 minute consultations, comprehensive functional testing including stool analysis through Invivo Healthcare (RRP £379) and Nutraeval biomarker testing (RRP £675), which provide insight into drivers of symptoms. Consultations focus on a wide range of diet, lifestyle and environmental factors known to impact neurodegenerative conditions. By purchasing a 6-month package you save £154 (10 %) of the overall cost (RRP £1,704). Supplementation is often suggested, which is not included in the cost of the package. Nutrigenomic testing through Lifecode GX is available as an optional extra. Further tests may be suggested if necessary.
12-month neurodegenerative health package
Included: Initial consultation, 10 follow on consultations, functional testing
This all inclusive, one year long package includes a one hour long initial consultation, 10 further 40 minute consultations, comprehensive functional testing including stool analysis through Invivo Healthcare (RRP £379) and Nutraeval biomarker testing (RRP £675), which provide insight into drivers of symptoms. Consultations focus on a wide range of diet, lifestyle and environmental factors known to impact neurodegenerative conditions. By purchasing a 12-month package you save £204 (10 %) of the overall cost (RRP £2,204). Supplementation is often suggested, which is not included in the cost of the package. Nutrigenomic testing through Lifecode GX is available as an optional extra. Further tests may be suggested if necessary.