Find out when our next nutritional therapy courses start as well as when our next introductory events will be held.


Latest news: Our 2019 MSc in Nutrition Science and Practice starts in September and the Nutrition Access course is available from 1st February. Our next introductory event is on Monday 4th March and if you are considering starting with us in 2019 we highly recommend that you book a place on this event and submit your application form as places are filling quickly.

Nutrition science and practice course - teaching faculty


Sally Duffin, Clinic Supervisor, the Northern College of Acupuncture


Sally Duffin


Module Leader - Clinical Practice 1 & 2

Sally has worked in the health industry for over nineteen years having begun her career in a health food store where she trained in phytotherapy, nutrition and homoeopathy. She went on to gain a Fellowship of the Health Food Institute and in 2010 qualified as a nutritional therapist with a degree in Nutritional Medicine. Alongside her role as Clinic Supervisor at NCA Sally runs a private clinic in York and writes articles and blogs for various companies and publications.

Karen M Fallis, Course Director, Northern College of Acupuncture


Karen MacGillivray Fallis

MSc Nutrition Sciences , mBANT, CNHC, PGDip Human Resources Management and Services, BA (Hons) Political Science and Government

Course Director

Karen has spent the majority of her career working within the learning and development field in the voluntary sector. She is the director of a nutritional consultancy offering nutritional advice and support to clients, both individuals and corporate, as well as the managing director of a consultancy focusing on learning and development, human resources, quality and performance and change management. Her particular areas of interest are womens health and behaviour change.


Sonia Williams, Module Leader, Northern College of Acupuncture


Sonia Williams

MBE PhD BDS DDPH RCSEng MDSc DipSh MRSS DipION FHEA MSc (Nutritional Medicine) MA (Emotional Education)

Module leader - Nutrition Research and Personalised Approaches to Nutrition 1

Sonia originally qualified as a dentist at the University of London and went on to complete an MSc and PhD in dentistry, specialised (as honorary NHS consultant) in dental public health, was appointed Director of a WHO Collaborating Centre for 10 years and was awarded the MBE for services to children and minority ethnic groups. She later trained as a nutritional therapist, in shiatsu and in NLP. She has recently completed an MA in Emotional Education at the University of Derby and previously an MSc in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey. Sonia holds the Emeritus Chair in Oral Health Services Research at the University of Leeds. She was previously chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) and Associate Editor for Dietary and Nutritional Therapies for the Complementary and Alternative Therapy Specialist Library of NHS Evidence. Her current research involves the role of nutrition in oral health. Sonia has published over 80 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.

Jane Nodder, Tutor, Northern College of Acupuncture


Jane Nodder


Module leader - Personalised Approaches to Nutrition 2

Following a career in business, Jane trained as a nutrition practitioner with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. She then ran a busy clinic in London focusing on nutrition for endurance athletes and approaches to weight management and endocrine modulation, before moving to York in 2016. In 2011, Jane completed the MSc in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey where her research focused on dietary approaches and nutritional knowledge of non-elite marathon runners. Jane holds part 1 of the IOC PGDip in Sports Nutrition, has trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine and is a certified First Line Therapy practitioner. She is currently studying for the award of PhD in Technology Enhanced Learning and E-Research at Lancaster University. At NCA, Jane is Course Director for the on-line MSc programmes in Oriental Medicine, Complementary Medicine and Advanced Nutrition (Research & Practice). She is also a PG Module Leader, CPD Seminar Tutor and MSc Dissertation Supervisor. In 2010, Jane received the CAM Award for Individual Excellence in Nutritional Knowledge, and in 2011 the Yakult prize for Outstanding Student of the Year at the University of Surrey. Jane worked for BANT for nine years on the Professional Practice Committee, as a Director and as Head of Clinical Governance. She has also been an Accreditation Officer for the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission and is currently a Registrant Board Member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).


Karen Charlesworth, Research Director, Northern College of Acupuncture


Karen Charlesworth

MSc (Acupuncture), MBAcC

Research Director

After many years working as a journalist, Karen retrained as an acupuncturist, qualifying with an MSc from NCA in 2013. She runs a private acupuncture and tui na practice in York. Karen’s MSc dissertation 'invented' by consensus a new auricular acupuncture protocol (known as APPA) for the attenuation of pain and anxiety in humanitarian aid situations; she is currently researching for a PhD in acupuncture for humanitarian aid, starting October 2018.

Anne Pemberton, Course Director, Northern College of Acupuncture


Anne Pemberton

MSc BSc(Hons) PGCE(autism) RGN DipION FdSc

Course Tutor

Anne started off her career as a nurse, working for 25 years in intensive care units. She has also spent a few years managing a large territory as a nurse advisor. Anne was blessed with a son, later diagnosed with autism. This led her on a campaign to improve his quality of life. A psychology degree followed by a post-graduate teaching certificate in autism eventually led her to nutrition to find the answers. Her love for teaching has evolved throughout this process and she was course director from 2010-2017. Now Anne runs her own holistic clinic, is a regular conference speaker and a co-author. She is a fellow of BANT and a CNHC registered practitioner and qualified in 2011 as a functional medicine practitioner. She is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Anne’s areas of special interest are chronic fatigue syndrome /M.E. and autism spectrum disorders. She uses a combination of nutrigenomics, functional testing, heartmath, NEShealth, live blood cell analysis, various psychological therapies and cell membrane therapies. Anne has been commissioned by Jessica Kingsley / Singing Dragon to write the first practitioner book on nutrigenomics, due for publication in June 2019.

Jane Jamieson, Module Leader, Northern College of Acupuncture


Jane Jamieson

PhD, MSc, BSc P, Dip NT

Course Tutor

Jane has been working in private practice for 19 years as a complementary and nutritional therapist and lecturer. She also instructs pilates, laughter yoga and runs retreats. When somebody presents with an issue, Jane endeavours to reach the root cause and looks at natural ways to help the body obtain optimum health and energy. Jane is fascinated by how our nutritional status, our emotional wellbeing and our physical structure combine to support our current health status. Jane’s areas of special interest include musculoskeletal alignment, healing trauma and past injuries, seaweed, living foods, plant-based eating, fertility and healthy aging. Jane is also a consultant to the Seaweed Health Foundation and has published numerous articles.


Annette Weaver, course tutor, Northern College of Acupunctu1re


Annette Weaver

BSc(Hons) Biochem, MSc Dietetics, RD

Course Tutor

Annette has been a Health and Care Professions Council Registered Dietitian since 2008 and currently works as a specialist children’s allergy dietitian at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Before moving into paediatrics she worked for over 8 years as a clinical dietitian in various adult specialities in the NHS, including acute hospital and outpatient settings. She has vast experience of working with enteral feeding and special diets. Annette has a wide interest in nutrition and dietetics and is dedicated to providing holistic care.

Maggie Thorpe, Northern College of Acupuncture


Maggie Thorpe


Course Tutor

Maggie is a registered nutrition practitioner with 16 year’s experience working in a busy multi-disciplinary clinic. Her main area of interest is in the use of nutritional therapy and education to support stress- related conditions and mental health. As an educator, Maggie has held roles in lecturing, clinical and research supervision, module and year leadership, and personal tutoring on Diploma, BSc and MSc nutritional therapy programmes. She also works as an education consultant and external assessor. Maggie is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy completing her MA in Higher Education in 2016 researching the student experience of blended learning in clinical training.

Jenny Thewlis, Clinic Supervisor, Northern College of Acupunctu1re


Jenny Thewlis


Clinic Supervisor

After gaining her first degree in Health Studies and working for many years in the NHS as a research nurse, Jenny then went on to study for her Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Therapy from the Northern College of Acupuncture. As well as teaching in the NCA Nutrition Clinic she has run a successful Nutritional Therapy practice for over 8 years, supporting clients with a wide range of health problems and nutritional requirements. She has also been involved in teaching nutrition at the College of Naturopathic Medicine and currently spends some of her time delivering Corporate Wellbeing Days.


Trainee Tutors

This year we have opened up the opportunity for two nutrition graduates to progress to “Trainee Tutors” and they are currently spending a year of observation and mentoring in preparation for teaching in the future.


Alison Talbot – Trainee Tutor, Northern College of Acupunctu1re


Alison Talbot – Trainee Tutor


Alison studied Nutritional Therapy at the Northern College of Acupuncture, completing the PG Dip in 2016. She has recently submitted her MSc dissertation investigating the potential role of diet and probiotics in improving symptoms of depression via alteration of the gut microbiome in depressed adults. Alison is now focusing on setting up her private Nutritional Therapy practice in York where she will focus on gut health and is excited to be a member of the teaching team at NCA.

Kim Adams, Northern College of Acupunctu1re


Kim Adams

BSc, PGDip nut, MBANT, CNHCReg

Kim has over 20 years experience working in service development within the NHS and social care. She trained as a Nutritional Therapist here at the NCA, gaining her PGDip in 2016 and submitting her MSc thesis in 2018. Kim combines her role at NCA with a private clinic, group seminars and workshop programmes with a focus on mental health and wellbeing.


MSc Research Supervisors:

Dr Ally Broughton, Dr Ashley Bennett, Dr Christos Christophy, Hina Patel, Irina Szmelskyj, Dr Jane Jamieson, Jane Nodder, Dr Lara McClure, Dr Lesley Storey, Lianne Aquilina, Dr Lily Lai, Lisa Esmonde, Maggie Thorpe, Mel Hopper Koppelman, Dr Paula Seth, Dr Peggy Welch, Simen Svenkerud, Dr Sonia Williams, Stan Switala, Dr Trina Ward.