Nutritank CIC was founded by two current medical students Ally Jaffee and Iain Broadley who believed that nutrition and lifestyle medicine education in medical training was not adequate. They believed that they had a responsibility to their generation and future generations of doctors to make a change and that young people are in the ideal position to make that difference.
By working with medical schools, nutrition and dietetic organisations around the UK, Nutritank has evolved into an innovative information hub of food, nutrition and lifestyle medicine.
Originating at Bristol Medical School in 2017, Nutritank has achieved a growing momentum across the UK, from setting up over 15 Nutritank society branches at medical schools, to online and social media engagement and the curation of key projects on a local and national scale.
Nutritank’s university-based societies aim to promote the need for greater nutrition and lifestyle medicine training within medical education.
Nutritank’s team are part of an inter-professional working group tasked by the General Medical Council (GMC) to ensure more nutrition education is integrated within UK undergraduate medical school curricula.
In 2019, Nutritank formally formed a coalition with the organisations NNEdPro and Culinary Medicine UK who share the belief in promoting greater nutrition and lifestyle medicine in medical education.
Nutritank’s online hub aims to further promote the message of nutrition and lifestyle medicine in medical education not only to healthcare professionals and students, but also to interested members of the public.
During his medical studies at Bristol university, Iain co-founded Nutritank, having found that nutrition and lifestyle medicine education, within the medical curricula, was not adequate to combat the rising level of lifestyle-related chronic disease. Nutritank now has 25 medical student-led Nutritank branches across the U.K, where students coordinate, organise and execute educational workshops within this space.
Iain is also a regular speaker at medical innovation conferences and has raised the issue on multiple major media publications, such as BBC Radio 4s’, “The Food Programme”, BBC News online and cooking alongside Jamie Oliver on his show “Jamie and Jimmys Friday Night Feast” (December 28th 2018).
Following the show, Iain and his team helped Jamie's campaign team to organise the “#nutrition4medics” media campaign. This was successful in adding a clause to the NHS Long Term Plan introducing a commitment to increase nutrition education for medical professionals.
Iain has recently graduated as a foundation year one doctor, and volunteered to enter the NHS early to help out during the COVID-19 pandemic. He currently lives in Brighton.
Intrigued by the relationship between diet, health and disease, from the onset of medical school, Ally has seized research opportunities within this area. Her preclinical projects include: a case-study looking at nutrition and cooking to improve physical health and wellbeing, a research project on the intersection between the microbiome, obesity and mental health (awarded 91%), and a project around the role of nutrition and cooking as an intervention in the management of chronic conditions in an 'Optimum Health in Later Life’ module. Furthermore, she completed a clinical case-study project entitled ‘The Impact of adhering to diet and lifestyle modifications in management of glycaemic control in patients with Type 2 Diabetes.’
Ally was a student volunteer at the College of Medicine's “Food, the Forgotten Medicine” conference. From winning a College of Medicine student innovation competition, she was awarded a place at Abvie’s Sustainable Healthcare Conference at the King’s Fund. Thereafter she was appointed the College of Medicine’s National Student Nutrition Lead. At the next College of Medicine’s “Food the Forgotten Medicine” conference at the Royal Society of Medicine, she spoke about her work with nutrition education.
Recognizing that many medical students were not receiving sufficient teaching on the importance of nutrition in preventing and managing chronic conditions, Ally co-created a Nutrition in Medicine interest group in Bristol. This served to meet other like-minded medics, where she met Iain Broadley, who became her "Nutritank" co-founder. Nutritank is an innovation and information hub for food, nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine. Nutritank has a strong online presence and is franchised in 20+ medical schools. Ally and Iain have been invited to speak at several conferences such as Dr Hazel Wallace’s (aka TheFoodMedic). Last year, they co-led a national undergraduate Sustainable Lifestyle Medicine Conference at UCL with College of Medicine.
They featured on BBC radio’s The Food Programme, Women’s Health articles and on Jamie Oliver’s Channel 4 programme, “Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast”, promoting their work around nutrition education. Subsequently, partnering with Jamie Oliver in the #nutrition4medics National Campaign.
Furthermore, they have partnered with the Cambridge Think-Tank NNEDPRO (Need for Nutrition Education Programme) and Dr Rupy Aujla’s organisation Culinary Medicine. They have helped facilitate change around nutrition education within Bristol’s new medical curricula. Ally helped enable Dr Aujla to pilot his culinary medicine course as a student selected module in Bristol, in which Ally, Iain and others participated. On a national level, they sit within the Association for Nutrition’s (AFN) inter-professional working group, tasked by the GMC to increase nutrition education within undergraduate medical curricula.
For 2 years running Ally and Iain have been awarded funding via Bristol University’s New Enterprise Competition. Recently they received a grant to assist them with the next year's costs of running Nutritank.
Esha has joined Nutritank in order to increase awareness and understanding around evidence based nutrition and lifestyle medicine. She truly believes that lifestyle modifications and nutrition can be pivotal in the management of so many diseases and is very excited to be part of the Nutritank team! In her spare time, she likes going to the gym, singing and listening to podcasts.
She is also keen on promoting these in her own life by doing yoga, gym and netball in her free time along with a balanced healthy diet, hopefully being able to help others along in her future clinical practice!
During her Foundation Training years she noticed a lack of Nutrition and Lifestyle Education for Junior Doctors. She is on a mission to help fill the knowledge gap of current clinicians. Emma is leading a project with Nutritank, setting up a UK-wide teaching programme aimed at Health Care Professionals. ‘Nutrition and Lifestyle: A Nutritank Series.’
Her love of eating wholesome food even lead to her launching a Fruit and Vegetable Stall outside her hospital. You can usually find Emma practicing yoga, hosting dinner parties for her friends and family, or exploring new places.
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“Please get the message out to nurses too. I worked as a Health Visitor and tried unsuccessfully over the years to engage the Community Trust with regard to healthy eating and the problem of obesity in staff.”Paddy JelenNurse
“great idea- get people eating more real food. ' mostly plants, not too much.”Mark CraigDoctor
“Fantastic, please role out to dentists too. Desperately needed change of approach to healthcare.”Becky JonesDentist
“Great people doing great work!!”Simone JaffeePublic Member