Welcome to Need a Dietitian

Need a Dietitian

Who am I?

 Welcome to” Need a Dietitian”. My name is Claire Fenlon, I am a Registered Dietitian with over 20 years experience.  I have a first class honours degree in nutrition and dietetics and can provide expert advice in a wide range of areas of nutrition and dietetics.  As well as clinical dietetics (advice for specific medical conditions) I have a wide experience in giving talks and presentations.  I have had articles published in dietetic journals and am the nutrition editor for the Concise Oxford Medical Dictionary.   I provide a professional but friendly service in a way to suit your individual or your organisations needs. I am registered with Health Professions Council and work within their code of conduct.  You can check my registration at www.hpcheck.org. 

Clinical dietetics

The following is an A - Z of clinical conditions I can help you manage.  It is not exhaustive - so if your particular concern is not mentioned please contact me and we can discuss how I can help.  


  • Advice for a poor appetite
  • Anaemia
  • Arthritis and Diet
  • Bone health
  • Cancer
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Constipation
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Diverticular disease
  • Food intolerances/allergies
  • Healthy eating in children
  • High cholesterol 
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome; :Low FODMAP diet
  • Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome
  • Crohns, Colitis
  • Neurological conditions, eg: Multiple Sclerosis, Strokes, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease
  • Renal (kidney) disease
  • Nutrition in older age
  • Other
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Vegan and Vegetarian diets
  • Vitamins and Mineral deficiencies
  • Weight loss, weight management
  • Women's Health

What does a consultation involve?

 What to expect from me  

A consultation will include the following.

1.  A comprehensive dietary assessment.

2.  An individualised treatment plan.

3.  An individualised monitoring and follow up package to suit your particular needs and lifestyle.

4.  Written information to support the initial consultation and follow up meetings.

Follow up / Reviews

The length of and number of follow up sessions recommended will depend upon your specific needs and requirements.

General Practitioners

Where appropriate and with consent I will liaise with your GP to ensure they are kept up to date with relevant information. In some cases, I may require a GP referral letter prior to a consultation. This may be necessary if you have a newly diagnosed condition, a complex medical history, or the need for blood test results prior to my giving advice.


Your confidentiality is maintained at all times, and any records are kept in accordance with the  GDPR   General Data Protection Regulation.  Communication

Initial consultations are provide in the comfort of your own home, Follow ups may be face to face, telephone, email , skype, or a mixture of these as required. 

Dietitian or Nutritionist?


The name “Dietitian” or “Dietician” is a “protected title” with the Health and Care Professions Council. This means that in order to be called a Dietitian, the person must have completed at least an Honours Undergraduate Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as having undergone an extensive clinical placement.  HCPC- registered Dietitians follow a strict code of conduct that govern their practice such as confidentiality, the data protection act and evidence based practice. This means that a Dietitian will only give advice that is based on scientific evidence. The particular skill of a Dietitian  is how to translate scientific information into practical advice .

The NHS will only employ HCPC -registered Dietitians to give clinical dietary advice.  (There is no regulation regarding the level of training and knowledge that a person calling themself a nutritionist has to have). 

Other Services


Article Writing.

Consumer Press: I can provide up to date articles on a wide range of nutrition and dietetic issues.


I can develop and deliver presentations to suit your group or company’s needs.  This includes residential homes, nursing homes, industry, social groups, health professionals and education establishments.  I also offer educational shopping tours. 

Nursing and residential homes.

Nutrition is the foundation stone of quality care.  Many residents have reduced appetites;  I can provide training on the food first approach to meeting nutritional requirements.  I also offer training in the nutritional approach to managing bowel care and constipation, eating with dementia,  the most effective ways to use the malnutrition screening tool (MUST) and many other areas. Please contact me to discuss your particular needs.

A healthy staff is a more productive staff.

Would you like me to run a diet clinic at your place of work?  One off, or multiple sessions are available.  All advice given is confidential.


Please contact me to discuss your particular needs.




All pricing is in line with guidance from the British Dietetic Society Freelance Dietitians Group.   

Individual Consultations

Consultations are normally in the comfort of your own home.  This has the advantage that if you want me to look at particular foods in your fridge/cupboard they are readily accessible.  This also allows me to keep my prices as low as possible in this time of austerity.

  • First Consultation (face to face) (takes about 1 hour) prices from £60 ( this includes 1 follow up email or telephone call  of approximately 10 minutes).
  • Follow ups, these can be face to face, telephone, email or Skype.   

Please contact me for prices for talks/presentations or clinical care work. 


No information or details given by you to Need a Dietitian will be passed onto any other party witho

No information you give to Need a Dietitian will be passed onto any other person without your explicit consent.  Please see the privacy policy for more information. 


Q. How many appointments will I need?

A. It depends on your individual needs.  I try to cover as much as possible in the initial appointment.  If following a low FODMAP diet this takes a minimum of two consultations.  I can do bespoke packages for other requirements such as regular "email checking in" for weight reduction support.  Please ask for details. 

Tip of the month

To help prevent an attack of the munchies try brushing your teeth.  You are less likely to snack aft

Brushing your teeth helps to prevent snacking.  Try  it - you are much less likely to be tempted.

Contact Details

Send Message

Need a Dietitian

Email  Claire@needadietitian.co.uk

Tel 07981145519

Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom

07981 145519