Alison Benbow

Alison Benbow smiling at camera

Senior lecturer, Nutritional Therapy

Department of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Nutritional Therapy

Contact Details


Alison was a practitioner for 15 years and has a range of experience that includes working with clients with breast cancer. She has been course leader since 2016 and has steered the course through a re approval and reaccreditation. She also leads a theory module and the clinical practice.

She is also involved in NTEC as an accreditor, is on the NTEC board, and represents Nutritional Therapy as a professional standards board member for the CNHC. She was involved in the NTEC initiated project that informed the core curriculum for nutritional therapy and is currently working on a research project to evaluate the teaching clinic. In 2020 she was awarded Fellowship of BANT.


BSc Agricultural Zoology
MSc Animal Nutrition
Diploma Clinical Nutrition
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and teaching in Higher Education
Fellow of the Higher Education Teaching Academy

Teaching & Research

Research interests:

Professional trajectory from initial qualification to the workplace: what do Nutritional Therapists do?


Postgraduate 9 MSc) Diet Nutrition and Health and Nutritional Therapy
NUTH 4012 Nutritional Assessment
NUTH 4016 Nutritional therapy clinical practice

Professional Bodies

Nutritional Therapy practitioner since 2000

Special interest in breast cancer

Member of Nutritional therapy accreditation team since 2000

Member of British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional therapy (BANT)

Registered with Complementary and Natural health Care Council (CNHC)


Benbow A, and Richardson J (2012) Evaluation of UW Nutritional Therapy clinic, presented at Complementary Therapies and Breast Cancer Awareness Day , University of Worcester.

June 2013 presented a paper at UOW Learning and Teaching Conference on Role play in clinical practice teaching

External Responsibilities

External Examiner for Institute of Optimum Nutrition

Accreditor for the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC)

Member of NTEC schools forum