MEDICAL COLLABORATION for Nutritional Therapists

ISBN-13: 978-0-9526056-5-2     (Denor Press)

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for Nutritional Therapists

By Lucille Leader Dip ION NTCC CNHC Registered

Recipient of
"The Quality of Life for
Parkinson's Award"

CAM (IHCAN) "Outstanding Practice Award"


"Perfectly pitched and very inspiring. There has never been a greater need for this book."

Adam Thornton,
Nutritional Therapy Student, Westminster University, London UK

"This book is of practical importance defining collaboration and communication between members of the multidisciplinary team with emphasis on the nutritionist. My medical colleagues would benefit from reading it."

Professor Leslie Findley,
Consultant Neurologist, London, UK

"I must congratulate the author on setting gold standards of practice in the world of nutritional therapy."

Dr Serena Orden Leader,
General Practitioner, London UK


This book demonstrates the way forward within the healthcare system for graduates in clinical nutrition and nutritional therapy. It gives precise guidelines for the exchange of information.

It presents:

  • protocols for establishing communication with the General Practitioners (GPs) of clients/patients
  • patient confidentiality
  • requesting biochemical tests
  • reports to GPs and Medical Specialists
  • drug-nutrient reviews
  • patients/clients "at risk"
  • duty of care and confidentiality
  • when to relinquish responsibility
  • indications for Tube Feeding and Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
  • peri-surgical/anaesthetic nutritional management

Clients/patients cannot always be relied on to present the full facts about their medical history and this could, in some cases, affect outcome. To be able to justify nutritional recommendations is a vital medico-legal consideration.

In the absence of a formal referral by a General Practitioner, communication with the medical attendant of a prospective client/patient supports the choice of nutritional care which is compatible with any established medical treatment.

Nutritional Therapists should work only within their clinical boundaries and at the earliest recognition of diagnostic dilemmas or limitations within their clinical remit, refer the patient back to their General Practitioner or Specialist as a matter of urgency.

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