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Seeking newly graduated nutritionist with an interest in blogging and social media to be my assistant on a summer internship.

I manage a very busy private practice and a team of nutritionist health and wellness speakers.  I’m looking for a graduate to come into the team and work with me part time, you can do a lot of the work remotely.

You will learn a huge amount about running a business and the day to day life of an established nutritionist.  I am happy for you to learn protocols and programmes with me.

If you are interested please do get in touch with your CV, photo and the reasons why you think you’ll be interested. Tina Lond-Caulk Email: [email protected]


OptiBac Probiotics is the UK’s most popular probiotics brand. We’re looking to hire an experienced Nutritional Advisor to join our team of friendly, caring and knowledgeable nutrition professionals and good bacteria experts.

Our vision is to ‘empower millions to make life changing health choices with probiotics’. As scientists discover more about the important role of the gut in overall health and wellbeing, the global demand for probiotic supplements is increasing dramatically. It’s therefore a very exciting time to join our company, which has doubled in size over the past few years. Specialising entirely in live cultures and boasting some of the most researched strains in the world, developed in the world’s leading laboratories, OptiBac Probiotics are the experts in friendly bacteria.

Rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot, OptiBac Probiotics supplements are sold to health food stores and pharmacies across the UK and Ireland and to many export markets across Europe and Asia. The company has recently won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of its outstanding international growth over the past few years. We take great pride in being an ethical and socially conscious business and have raised over £192,000 for women’s rights charity, Womankind Worldwide through donations made from every pack sold of OptiBac Probiotics ‘For women’

We are a family-run business, employing over 80 people across Hampshire and London. The nutrition team is based at our head office in Weyhill, near Andover, Hampshire, and both full-and part-time positions are available. Continuous professional development and extensive training enable new team members to become experts on the gut microbiome and the use of probiotics. You will need to be a qualified Nutritional Therapist, but we’d also consider applications from those with a qualification in other relevant CAM disciplines such as herbalism or naturopathy.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Become an OptiBac Probiotics brand ambassador, with exceptional knowledge of the gut microbiome and our range of products
  • Ensure that our customers always feel well supported, well informed and empowered to make life changing health choices
  • Answer incoming phone, email and social media enquiries from customers looking for nutritional advice, and responding to these in a caring and informative way
  • Create new technical resources for use by the nutrition team and other departments
  • Write web content for our expert blogs, Facebook and other social media channels
  • As an OptiBac Probiotics spokesperson, provide expert commentary to magazines and newspapers for inclusion in editorial articles
  • Moderate comments and reviews left on our website
  • Monitor and respond to a small number of negative reviews on external sites (Trustpilot, Amazon, Google)
  • Support the wider business by providing valuable insight from our customers e.g. for New Product Development, and Marketing purposes
  • Provide expert advice to retailers, medical doctors and CAM practitioners to enable them to recommend the most appropriate products to their customers, patients, and clients
  • Help resolve any customer complaints to the consumer’s complete satisfaction, record feedback and attend to related administrative tasks
  • Attend occasional seminars or short courses in relevant fields such as customer care/ telephone skills/ content writing/presentation skills/product training/probiotics/related subjects etc.
  • Ad hoc administrative tasks to provide support as necessary for other departments, with a view to achieving excellent standards of customer care and satisfaction

 Candidate requirements

  • A recognised qualification (degree or diploma) in a relevant complementary healthcare discipline (e.g Nutritional Therapy, Naturopathy, Herbalism)

Essential (the following experience & qualities are absolutely necessary for this role):

  • Must enjoy working as part of a small, mutually supportive team working towards wider business goals
  • To have a genuine care and empathy for the concerns of our many customers. To able to strike up a good rapport on the telephone, enabling customers to feel comfortable discussing sensitive health issues, and leaving them feeling reassured and well-advised.
  • Contribute to outstanding levels of customer happiness
  • A genuine belief in our vision to educate and empower people to make better health choices
  • Confidence to share your expertise with a variety of audiences including; medical, CAM practitioners, health food stores and other retailers, direct customers, social media audiences etc.
  • Excellent command of the English language, educated to a GCSE-level or equivalent
  • An interest and flair for writing and producing content written in a variety of styles for use in blogs, technical documents and social media
  • Excellent administrative skills with good attention to detail and accuracy
  • Good computer skills, familiar with Microsoft Word, Outlook etc.
  • Good organisational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Driven, hard-working and self-motivated, but happy to follow instruction where required


  • Knowledge of probiotics and the gut microbiome is an advantage, but extensive training on the OptiBac Probiotics range is given by our experienced nutrition team and microbiologists
  • Experience working in an office environment
  • Experience using social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Experience writing articles, blogs and web content
  • Customer service experience
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Appreciation for the value of joining a growing business

Hours & Salary

We are currently looking to fill two vacancies:

  • Full-time permanent position 9am to 5.30pm
  • Part-time position minimum 20 hours per week

Competitive salary based on experience and qualifications, starting immediately.

 To Apply

Are you ready to help the growing number of OptiBac customers make life-changing health choices with probiotics? Then we’d love to hear from you.

Please send a covering letter with references and CV to Kerry at [email protected]

The ideal candidate will carefully read the job description, and detail in a cover letter the knowledge, skills and experience which make them suitable for the role, along with their availability, notice period and salary expectations. Applicants who do not include a comprehensive covering letter with their application will not be considered.

The interview process will consist of a telephone interview, initial interview, and second interview for final stage applicants. A basic spelling and grammar assessment will be given to all shortlisted applicants during the interview process, and you may be required to give a short presentation on a given topic.

We take data protection seriously. In submitting your application for this role, you will be sending us your personal data. We will need to process your personal data in order to consider your application. Our Applicant Privacy Notice sets out the basis on which we will process the personal data that you provide to us with your application and explains your rights. Please read it carefully.

For further information about the company please browse the website, and for enquiries about the role contact Kerry at [email protected]

Deadline for applications 31st May 2019.  Applications received after this date may not be considered.


Candida de Melo has over 16 years experience and is looking for someone to support her practice located at her home clinic in London NW10.

Duties will include:

– ordering, filing and organising lab test results

– sending forms and information to new patients

– general office and i.t. support (e.g. organising receipts, troubleshooting basic computer issues on Mac)

– answering phone and helping with bookings

Rate: £14/hr for up to 16 hrs per week. 

  • Candidate should be able to work up to two days a week, from 10-6.
  • Spanish or Portuguese speaker would be an advantage.
  • You will be paid for the full eight hours, but included in this is 30 min for lunch plus 30 min of mentoring time with Candida, where she will answer any questions you may have or help you with your own clients.

Since September I have been working for Candida and have found it an invaluable experience. Her knowledge is vast and she is very passionate about what she does. She specialises in complex autoimmune issues and gut health but sees a wide range of clients. I have loved working with her and would continue but I am unable to increase my time to the two days a week that she requires now. This is a great way for a newly-qualified NT to build up their knowledge and confidence as you learn so much by working in an already established practice.

If you are interested please can you email me at [email protected]. I’m happy to answer any questions about working for Candida and will put you in touch with her once we have a brief chat.


There is a new opportunity to join The Optimum Health Clinic and work as part of the Nutrition Team.

The post is suited to someone who has been practising Nutritional therapy in a clinical setting for at least 2 years, and who has experience or particular interest in Chronic Fatigue, ME and Fibromyalgia.

The job involves initial and follow up consultations with clients and working within a team to share case studies, develop protocols and produce educational data sheets for clients.

We are looking for therapists with the capacity to ultimately work a minimum of 10-12 hours of patient contact time per week, which would (after the initial training period is over) be built up from zero as the candidate becomes increasingly experienced. The time commitment required to do this is 4 days per week.  Applicants should be full members of BANT and CNHC.

Closing date for applications Monday 20th May at 1700. Please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected].

For further information and job spec please email [email protected]


Important updates have been made to the BANT Professional Practice Handbook.  The latest version is version 3.3 and is now available on the BANT website here.

Please ensure you read all these updates.

The BANT Professional Practice Handbook is a member benefit and is there to support you as a BANT Practitioner in safe, legal, effective and good practice.  When you join BANT as a Full Member you agree to abide by the guidelines in the Handbook.  It is therefore important that you keep up to date with all that it contains.  If you have any questions relating to Professional Practice, or any question relating to information in the Handbook, please contact the BANT Professional Practice Committee at [email protected].

Click here to read the full eblast.


Job Description

A busy health shop with a large herbal pharmacy looking for a professional with good knowledge of natural medicine (nutrition, herbalism, naturopathy etc.) to join our ambitious team of experts. As a family run business, we are very proud of our reputation built through outstanding expert advice and customer care. Therefore, expectations on standards are high and our staff members are valued.

THE CANDIDATE Must be able to work Saturdays. The candidate must show a genuine care for customers and passion to help people. Someone who is hard working and would take pride in an opportunity to learn, develop professional expertise, build experience and work alongside respected practitioners would be best suited. Someone with the ability to work without supervision and at their own initiative is required.

Looking for someone who is confident and experience in the use of supplements. Must be computer literate. Duties will include giving advice on health and recommending supplements, dispensing herbal medicine in our herbal pharmacy (training will be given), stock control, unpacking orders, stocking up, general cleaning, till work, making appointments for therapists etc.

Position is for 4 days a week. Salary starting at £9.00 per hour.

Vacancy is complimented with staff discounts, free seminars and in-house training.

Please apply with a CV and a covering letter.

[email protected]

121 High St

High Barnet



Penny Brohn UK is a national charity that provides free integrative health support to help people live well with cancer. Our ‘more than medicine’ approach is based on 40 years of working with clients to support their mind, body, spirit and emotions, before, during and after cancer treatment. Our nutrition programme offers individual consultations, group courses and cooking demonstrations along with information and resources to help people understand the role of diet and nutrition in cancer, and make informed choices.

We are currently seeking volunteers to support a number of key research and information projects. The role will suit someone with skills, experience and interest in evidence-based nutrition research, nutritional therapy and/or health information and promotion. The deadline for applications is the end of May 2019 but we can accept suitable volunteers immediately. Our national centre is based in Bristol but remote working is also welcome

To find out more please email [email protected] or call 01275 670094


We are a small, exciting and fast-growing company with a mission to make a positive impact on the fitness, supplement and food industries.

We are interested in people with drive, curiosity and a passion for practical results and the truth.

Click here for more detailed information about the job.

If you have read the advert and you believe this is you, please email your details to [email protected] (CV and your “WHY”).

Great companies are built with great people. If you are great, we want to hear from you!

VOTY 2019

Building on the success and popularity of the past 2 years’ events and to coincide with the national Volunteer’s Week 2019, we will be hosting our third VOTY on Friday 7th June at Café Spice Namaste. We have listened to your feedback and have moved the event to London (E1) for easier access and will also allow more time for networking. Do save the date!

The aim of VOTY event is to bring our volunteers together to celebrate their achievements from the past 12 months and congratulate those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Not only this, but the event is a valuable opportunity for us to involve volunteers with BANT’s strategy and plans and have the opportunity to network.

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