Education in Lifestyle & Functional Medicine

We established ourselves as a non-profit organisation in 2012, with the aim of changing the world through education.  Fast forward to now, we offer a range of education experiences for our members – all underpinned by Lifestyle and Functional Medicine  principles –  via our blogs, course partnerships, education partnerships and  archived resources.

Clinical Education is also proud to be an Education Partner of The Institute for Functional Medicine, by assisting with the organisation and regional expertise of IFM educational events streamed or in-person in the UK.   After 30 years of association and involvement with the Functional Medicine Movement, Clinical Education is a regional hub for those that are looking to train in and apply Functional Medicine into their practice.

Part of our work is engaging with Primary Healthcare Professionals working within the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK.  We understand, that for many overworked, stressed GPs, the thought of making lifestyle medicine recommendations within a standard appointment time can feel daunting,  Collaborating with co-creators Dr Panja and Dr Rangan Chatterjee, we created a unique learning opportunity in ‘Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine (PLM).  PLM is a self-paced, interactive learning platform that allows Primary Care professionals to learn about how to implement Lifestyle Medicine into their consultations.  We partnered with Social Enterprise company  Practice Unbound to deliver this training, a partnership we continue to be proud of.  Learn more..

Post Graduate Clinical Education

We specialise in post-graduate education.  Which is a beautiful thing, because we get to engage with practitioners from many practice scopes.  Nutritional Therapists, GPs, Osteopaths, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Surgeons and many more have all engaged with our trainings.  We believe in the power of community and so work hard to bring together our members from all modes of practice to come together, network and share experiences both online in our forum and platforms and at our events.

Quality Education

Clinical Education brings together different scientists and practitioners who have a comprehensive knowledge of nutritional medicine based on their research, collected research and or clinical experiences to present their strategies via online and in-person events.  These presentations are only available to our members and are delivered to develop ideas/strategies in clinical practice and are taught via a mix of case histories and science. These seminars attract CPD accreditation from the major regulatory bodies associated with Nutritional Therapy and may also be suitable for self certification with the Royal Colleges.


If you’re a student, we welcome you and encourage you to register as a Clinical Education Member.  Whether you would like to access the community forum to learn from those that are practicing, or just want to access our library of blog posts or review of research papers,  you’re in the right place.  Our friendly team can also advise on future paths of study – we have a wealth of knowledge in our community, come share it with us.

What Can You Expect

Clinical Education Membership is FREE.  Due to the nature of our content, we only accept Registered Healthcare professionals, or those on a relevant course of study.  We require proof of qualification or study upon registration.

Once registered, you can expect

Access to virtual and in-person courses and events, led by world-renowned expert speakers and leading figures in Functional and Lifestyle Medicine.

Introduction to online, self-paced courses via our partners, to help you broaden your knowledge no matter where you are in your practice journey.

Exclusive membership discounts and offers (coming soon).

Latest and most relevant information from the world of nutritional medicine. News, Abstracts and Reviews are added on an ongoing basis providing you with up to date opinion and research from leading scientists around the world.

The Clinical Education Team

Editor: Michael Ash DO. ND. BSc (Hons) RNT.

Michael has been in practice for some 30 years. Building one of the largest integrative medicine clinics in the southwest of England (he sold this in 2007), he embraced the concepts of functional medicine and employed them in his clinical development from 1991. Since 1992 he has researched the role of the mucosal immune system, especially in relation to the gastrointestinal tract and applied the emerging comprehension and emerging relationships between the bacterial constituents and the immune system to his clinical needs. This clinical experience and intellectual rigor produced impressive clinical outcomes and as such he has presented in the role of ‘wet tissues’ in human health in 5 continents to thousands of clinicians over the last decade.

Michael is an adjunct faculty member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and responsible for bring the Institute’s professional training programmes to the UK and Europe. Michael is an experienced presenter able to convert complex mechanisms into comprehensible sections of information that resonate with clinical experiences. Author of numerous book chapters, articles and reviews. He works in a small specialist practice exploring the use of food substrates in the treatment of mucosal immune related disorders.

Professional Memberships

  • Registered and insured with the General Osteopathic Council & The British Naturopathic Association.
  • Registered Medico Legal Expert in Osteopathy/Naturopathy
  • Registered with the British Association of Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy
  • Registered with The Nutritional Therapy Council
  • Registered with The Complementary & Natural Health Care Council
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and an elected member of the RSM’s Food and Health Council
  • Fellow of the Institute of Optimum Nutrition
  • Member of the The Institute for Functional Medicine teaching faculty.

Michael is a member of:

  • The Society of Mucosal Immunology
  • The American Academy of Science
  • The New York Academy of Science
  • The Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society
  • The Institute for Functional Medicine
  • British Society for Environmental Medicine

Resource Planning Manager: Claire Gardin BA (Hons)

Claire has been involved with Clinical Education since it started as blog site back in 2009.  She has a unique understanding of the needs of healthcare professionals who wish to further their education and has helped many practitoners choose the next step of their learning journey.  Running international events since 2011, Claire manages all operational tasks of Clinical Education and is responsible for Clinical Education’s sponsors and exhibitors at live events.  She’ll also be part of the team that answers your calls for support and can offer you expert insight and advice if you need it.

Operations Director: Jeremy Hawkey

Jeremy has been in the health product business since 2013 and also involved in progressive medical education and lifestyle led medical services. He brings with him 15 years of experience in business and IT systems with PwC, IBM and as an independent consultant.  Jeremy’s interest in health and nutrition started from a young age. He was bought up with family traditions and the eastern philosophy that food is a core element of health and healing. Jeremy’s primary focus has been to drive forward the key messages of lifestyle medicine and associated products and services with the long term desire to work with leading authorities in the health industry.  The ultimate goal to help empower and enable people to optimise their health.

Jeremy co-created the Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine e-learning course that evolved as a partnership between Clinical Education, Practice Unbound and leading international voices in lifestyle medicine Dr Rangan Chatterjee and Dr Ayan Panja. Focusing on biological systems rather than symptoms, Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine offers health practitioners a new set of immediately implementable, safe tools which will increase job satisfaction and deliver better patient outcomes. Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine introduces a unique, easy to use framework that is applicable to practitioners within a standard clinical appointment system.  The programme is accredited by the RCGP.

Resource Planning Officer: Leah Jamieson and Ailsa Reed

Web Designer: Katarzyna Stecko BSc (Hons)

Graphic Designer: Naomi Bowden BSc (Hons)

Technical Development: Lee Thomas

Administrator: Claire Tozer