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.
She started her role with Nutritank in February 2022. Alongside other coordinators, she is the first point of contact for our student branches where she will be supporting them with freshers events, helping them with access to guest speakers and to recognise the incredible work they have done.
Her motivation behind this role and the mission of Nutritank, is that she enjoys student-facing roles and helping them to succeed in whatever it is that they need. She also has a huge interest in mental health and wellbeing and the relationship with food and lifestyle.
In her free time she loves to go to dance classes, teach dance, go to the gym and Netflix her way through many series!
She is continuously intrigued by the advances that research brings to health outcomes, especially in chronic lifestyle diseases. Also, she is naturally drawn towards all things entrepreneurial such as creativity, innovation & sustainable growth. Her motivations to be a part of Nutritank come from the fact that it perfectly balances her scientific curiosity and her drive to be involved in positive change-making within healthcare.
As the Innovation and Operations coordinator, she is responsible for developing new innovative solutions to help Nutritank grow its community and continue to create impact. Currently, she is involved in marketing Nutritank's educational content through our weekly e-newsletter and the website. She is also working with the team to organise and improve our operational workflows. Outside of university and work, Easha is a tap dancer and a yoga enthusiast. Also, being a nature lover, she enjoys going on outdoor adventures such as deep sea diving!
Rachel joined Nutritank as Lead Dietitian in March 2021 to help promote evidence based nutrition for medics and support the wider team with this mission. She believes that increased nutrition training for Doctors and medical students will not only enhance the care provided to their patients but also improve collaborations with dietitians and registered nutritionists. Her role includes supporting the social media team with nutrition content, writing articles, creating the fortnightly newsletter and providing quality assurance with all Nutritank projects and collaborations.
In her free time you will often find Rachel trail running - preferably running up some hills, cycling or baking cakes.
Emma started working with Nutritank in Summer 2020 when she launched the Junior Doctor Network and the junior doctors annual webinar series. She is now co-lead for the JDN and oversees several projects. We support over 30 junior doctors who help with our projects such as changing the food environment in hospitals and improving nutrition education for junior doctors.
She joined Nutritank because the ethos and mission resonates with her. Healthcare is facing so many issues at the moment and healthcare professionals have to BE the change if we want to do the best for our patients. Nutritank emulates the changes that are required.
Emma loves yoga and has been practicing regularly for 10 years. She loves the body and mind connection felt when doing yoga. She also loves food…to eat it, talk about it, socialise over it, share it with friends and family. Food is connection!
This is his second year as a co-lead of the Junior Doctor Network alongside Dr Emma Astaire who set up the JDN last year and have been involved in initiating several projects including research on the food environment in hospitals and the annual junior doctor teaching programme.
Nutrition and lifestyle medicine has always been an area of interest for Charlie, with malnutrition being the topics for both his undergraduate BSc and MSc dissertations. However, it was when he starting postgraduate medicine and working on the wards that the vital role nutrition and lifestyle play in the prevention and treatment of multiple illnesses became apparent. Five years ago, at Bristol University, he set up a nutrition teaching session for medical students, this was when I learnt about the amazing work Nutritank had been doing to improve and widen nutrition and lifestyle medicine education. Working in the community, he acknowledges the difficulties long term conditions have on patients and the opportunities we have with lifestyle medicine to help them.
Out of work he is generally playing, watching or talking about football, listening to some terrible 00s indie or losing at a pub quiz.
The Farm Project educates healthcare students on the connection between climate education, agriculture, food systems and nature connection, and how these elements relate to mental wellbeing. This role involves proof reading and writing, creating social media content, networking and event planning.
She is deeply passionate about the importance of all the elements of lifestyle medicine as a results of her own lived experiences and she believes that it is a key tool through which we can connect with others and support our own wellbeing. In her free time she enjoys listening to music or podcasts and curling up to read, volunteering at her local community gardens or getting out in nature and exploring.
She has been working for Nutritank for nearly two months now and her role is to provide behind the scenes support! She is responsible for HR, accounts and customer service.
Nutritank’s values very closely matches those of her own. She is very passionate about well-being and improving mental health.
In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her horse and dogs, travelling and discovering new cultures and places. She is a petrol head and enjoys spending time around cars, especially american classics!
She deeply resonates with Nutritank's mission since and believes that a holistic approach to health is fundamental to optimal well-being.
She is also highly passionate about fitness and is a qualified yoga teacher, so in her free time you'll probably find her walking in nature or teaching yoga!
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!
She started working with Nutritank in March 2020, starting off as Head of Digital Media and then moving onto Head of Partnerships in January 2022. She is also the Sports and Exercise Lead, which involves working with the a DHSC Task and Finish group to increase physical activity related teaching in undergraduate healthcare curricula nationally. Currently, she is taking a hiatus from my main role as Head of Partnerships to focus on my final year of medicine, but hopefully she will be back in no time to work on Nutritank's fantastic mission!
Nutritank's missions of increasing lifestyle medicine in the undergraduate curricula is something she supports wholeheartedly as this knowledge is crucial to all healthcare professionals. She believes that working at Nutritank surrounded by likeminded individuals provides such a great environment to develop both academically and professionally!
In her free time, she enjoys all things sports and exercise, including swimming, bouldering and Crossfit! She also really loves music as a means to unwind after a busy week at placement so she learns Hindustani Classical singing and loves playing the guitar!
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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