Clinical Training at BCNH

Comprehensive Training from a Functional Medicine Perspective

The BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine incorporates comprehensive clinical training based on a functional medicine model.  It has been designed to provide you with the confidence and skills to become a safe and effective nutrition practitioner, able to communicate appropriately with the medical profession. 

Functional Medicine is a systems biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease.  ~

We have adapted this approach to design our own model, training students how to apply functional medicine principles to individual cases and incorporating the latest scientific evidence in the field of nutrition.

Key Features of our Clinical Training

Learning and Assessment

Your clinical training culminates with two level 6 Clinical Practice modules. These include the preparation and delivery of nutrition consultations to real-life clients under supervision, preparing you for your future career by providing you with the opportunity to develop your consultation skills in a safe, supervised and supportive environment.

You will be expected to demonstrate a critical and evidence-based approach to designing the interventions, as well as adherence to and awareness of all relevant codes of professional practice and safety issues.

All live consultations are conducted via video-conferencing, with your supervisor providing advice and guidance where appropriate.

You will be supported in the development of the necessary skills for these assessments by fictional case study assignments in level 4 and 5 modules and by regular clinical seminars throughout the programme. You will also be given the opportunity to complete one supervised live case study on a formative basis (a ‘trial run’) prior to summative assessment.

Clinical Hours and Case Study Completion

The core curriculum for nutritional therapy (which must be met for NTEC accreditation) stipulates that a minimum of 70 hours of development and supervision of clinical skills is required; our BSc (Hons) course provides approximately 112 clinical contact hours, comprising of small-group clinical seminars delivered throughout the course and the delivery of supervised live consultations to clients in the level 6 Clinical Practice modules.

Similarly, the core curriculum requires a minimum of 15 case studies to be completed; this course, however, provides the opportunity for you to complete approximately 35 increasingly complex case studies (fictional, observational, role-play and supervised with real clients).

The comprehensive nature of this training means that by the time you graduate, you will have the confidence to translate complex technical understanding into practical, achievable, client-focused recommendations.

Collaboration with the Medical Profession

At BCNH, we instil in our students the desire to work with the medical profession to establish a mutually rewarding relationship. 

We strongly believe that personalised dietary and lifestyle advice should be provided alongside conventional medical treatment.  As such, we teach our students how to communicate professionally with a client’s GP or other healthcare provider. 

As part of your level 6 Clinical Practice modules, you will be expected to write a minimum of three referral letters to a GP or other medical professionals; each letter must be approved and signed off by the college.

This is excellent training for when you have your own clinical practice and can help you establish professional connections prior to graduation.

‘Food-first’

We also instil in our students the idea of ‘food-first’.  Whilst some clients may require supplementation of specific nutrients to achieve meaningful improvement, simple dietary changes can be a very powerful therapeutic tool.

Foods are complex mixtures of different components; components that work in synergy to create greater health effects that isolated nutrients.  For this reason, we teach students to educate and empower clients to make lasting dietary and lifestyle changes before considering supplementation.

Our Approach to Supplementation

At BCNH, we treat supplements with respect.

We ensure that all supplement recommendations are within the Government recommendation limits; we have designed a BCNH Supplement Calculations Sheet showing key information such as the UK Recommended Nutrient Intake (RNI) & Safe Upper Limits (SUL), to ensure safe supplementation

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