3-day CPD course back by popular demand  |  ION CPD 15 hours  |  BANT CPD 15 hours  |  NTEC certification  

Safe, practical and evidence-informed nutritional support for people affected by cancer. Nutrition can impact on outcomes and for some cancers affect the risk of progression and recurrence. 

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What will I learn?

By the end of this course you will have gained:  

  • A deeper and more systematic understanding of cancer pathogenesis and development
  • The state of current research in relation to dietary and lifestyle factors for different cancers
  • How to critique dietary recommendations, tests, supplements and alternative treatments
  • An increased ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable clinical situations
  • How to consider elements of the therapeutic relationship, including safety, legal, ethical issues and professional boundary setting
  • When to refer to other practitioners or medical professionals and how to develop effective medical collaborations
  • How to present clinical cases more effectively and to communicate with oncology specialists
Full course programme



Who is this course for?

  • Nutritional therapists, nutritionists, dieticians and naturopaths who wish to deepen their understanding and confidence in supporting clients before, during and after treatment and beyond
  • All health practitioners with an appropriate scientific background who are interested in exploring the type of nutritional support appropriate for people affected by cancer, and understanding when they should refer to a nutritionally trained practitioner.
  • Researchers/academics/health writers and communicators with an appropriate scientific background
  • Nutrition students in the final year of training

This course is aimed at professionals and is not intended for members of the public. It is an intensive three day course with clinical case discussions requiring delegates to be able to contribute and take part from a professional perspective. Professionals who are themselves living with and beyond cancer who may be considering attending this course, are recommended to wait until they are through active treatment and not whilst undergoing treatment.



What's included?

  • Presentation materials
  • Pre-course reading materials
  • Drinks and light refreshments
  • The chance to interact with highly experienced speakers and gain answers and ideas pertinent to your work
  • An opportunity to network with other nutrition and complementary medicine practitioners



Who will teach?

Catherine Zollman is medical director of Penny Brohn Cancer Care and a GP in Bristol. She is the cancer lead for Bristol clinical commissioning group and an honorary lecturer at the University of Bristol. 

Marie Polley holds a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, a PhD in molecular carcinogenesis and is a Reiki Master of 18 years.  She has worked in cancer cell biology at Imperial College, as a Research Fellow at Breast Cancer Haven, and as a Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences and Research at the University of Westminster.  

Carol Granger is a Registered Nutritional Therapist practicing in London and West Sussex, and a researcher at the University of Westminster, where she completed research for a professional doctorate on the practice of nutritional therapy for people affected by cancer.



How will I be taught?

The course will include short sessions of lectures to establish key concepts and scientific underpinnings and help appraise the state of current research, followed by clinical case study exercises, group work and discussions to consolidate learning and encourage critical thinking. Space is limited to 35 participants. You will be provided with essential information, practical tips and take home resources to help quickly implement learning from the course into your work.

Materials will be provided electronically approximately two weeks before the course. If you book less than 5 working days before the course or on the day, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the link until after the course. ION will provide any materials needed for group work on the day, but not other materials.

PLEASE NOTE: Education research demonstrates that participants learn most when they focus on the speaker and write their own short personalized notes rather than writing on the materials provided. We therefore encourage participants to use them as reference materials when home and there is no need to print them all for the day. We encourage participants to think in advance about the key questions you would like answered by the day and for you to tailor your learning, questioning and note taking to address these.



NTEC Certification

Participants can choose one of two routes for this course depending on their qualification and whether they wish to have certified recognition for their learning: 

CPD option

This route should be chosen by participants who want to demonstrate that they have attended the three day course. This route provides ION CPD certificate of attendance for 15hrs learning and has also received 15hrs CPD with The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).

NTEC certified option 

In addition to the benefits of the above, this also provides Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) certification.   

For more information please contact us.



Good to know

  • Registration starts at 9:30AM
  • Day finishes at 16:30
  • Please check you have read ION’s FAQs including our cancellation and refund policy before booking
  • If registering as a student, ID proof will be required on the day. Failure to bring proof will result in the full price of the event being invoiced
  • Price includes drink and light refreshments throughout the day. Lunch is not provided but there is a fantastic selection of cafes and restaurants within a 5 minute walk as well as a range of independent and high street shops and attractive outdoor spaces, including a section along the River Thames.
  • Use of public transport is advised. There is no free parking in the immediate area. For full parking details visit the Richmond Council website
  • An electronic link to course materials/handouts (if any) will be provided approximately two weeks in advance
  • If you have an issue making a booking please email us [email protected]


This event has been very popular and is now full.

Thank you for showing an interest in our event. At the current time, this event is full.

Places will be offered to the waiting list if they become available. Register now to place yourself on the waiting list.

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  • Practitioner CPD events: Bespoke courses that aim to support the ongoing development of qualified nutrition practitioners and other health professionals
  • Food Demo Days: Develop knowledge, grow understanding and build skills with our informative, lively food events. These are open to the general public, health and nutrition practitioners and students, and are hosted by some of the profession’s most respected academics, practitioners, chefs and authors
  • Open events: Interested in studying for a career in nutrition? Attend an open day, open evening or webinar to find the right course for you
  • Optimum Nutrition Clinic: If you are feeling unwell, have a long standing condition, or just want to improve your sense of overall wellbeing, visit our friendly, trusted Richmond upon Thames clinic to see how we can help
  • Optimum Nutrition magazine: Available freely in digital format or to buy in print, our quarterly magazine is the key source of information for those working in, or with an interest in, nutrition and its impact on health and wellbeing.
  • Optimum Nutrition newsletter: Every month, for free, you will receive the latest news, recipes, events and offers to extend your knowledge


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