About this event

  • Date and time Sat 17 Apr 2021 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Students, Nutritank

Jointly organised by national student-led organisation Nutritank, this conference will take a closer look at knowledge and innovation in nutrition, and how to apply and action in real-life settings.

Hear from a multidisciplinary array of groundbreaking speakers as we address the concept of nutrition and lifestyle medicine from theory to practice.

We'll look at how innovative projects are driving change within the medical curriculum and medical practice, providing an insight into the latest evidence-based information related to lifestyle and nutrition so that you can fight the fads, help your patients navigate nutritional information and understand the value of self-care for both doctors and patients in modern society.

We'll also be running an optional interactive workshop on health coaching in medicine, led by Dr Arti Maini, GP, medical educator, co-author of Coaching for Health and coaching lead for the Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre (MEdIC) at Imperial College London. The session will explore key principles of health coaching in supporting behaviour change and you will learn how to start applying health coaching skills in practice. You will have a chance to practice these skills with each other using your own real issues, so please come prepared with a health behaviour topic that you would like to address. Dr Maini will also share experiences of developing and implementing health coaching training for all incoming medical students at Imperial and how this could be implemented more widely. Book your place for this free session when purchasing your ticket. 

There will also be a presentation on the issues of weight stigma and how damaging this can be for patients and society as a whole.

Participants will:

  • Gain awareness of the importance of nutritional teaching in medical education and the relevance of nutritional knowledge within medicine
  • Improve knowledge of basic nutrition and learn how to practically apply this
  • Enhance communication skills with patients about lifestyle and nutrition, and improve awareness of the sociocultural relevance
  • Learn how to access evidence-based information pertaining to lifestyle and nutrition
  • Be able to make informed decisions about available evidence and use this to assist patients in navigating nutritional information
  • Appreciate the value of self-care for both doctors and patients in modern society
  • Understand how to work in the nutritional multidisciplinary team, including the fundamental role of the dietitian

Perfect for students, trainee doctors and other healthcare professionals, we will explore the importance of nutritional knowledge and provide an introduction to addressing lifestyle medicine in clinical practice. 

CPD accredited: A CPD certificate with 2 CPD credits will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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We would like to thank our sponsors Oatly and You Okay, Doc? for their support of this webinar. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.

Key speakers

Hala El-Shafie

Hala El-Shafie

Specialist registered dietitian - bariatric surgery and eating disorders, consultant nutritionist and Founder, Nutrition Rocks 

Speaker's biography

Hala El-Shafie is a bariatric surgery and eating disorders dietitian with over 15 year’s clinical experience in both the NHS and private sector, completing her clinical training at University College Hospital London.


Hala’s clinical practice has centered around the psychology of eating, supporting people to heal their relationship with food whilst supporting them to overcome the challenges associated with negative body image, weight stigma and disordered eating. Hala has a unique understanding of the emotional and psychological issues often associated with food, dealing with both ends of the clinical spectrum from bariatric surgery to Anorexia Nervosa, creating a unique holistic client-centered approach to her clinical practice.


Hala’s take on food and nutrition is both edgy and refreshing and has seen her launch lifestyle website Nutrition Rocks, which aims to offer people easy and practical advice on living a healthier lifestyle, whilst providing accurate tips on nutrition and wellbeing. On Instagram @nutrition_rocks showcases recipes and evidence-based advice, encouraging people to eat better for health whilst encouraging people to heal their relationship and emotional attachment to food.


Hala has featured extensively on TV and presented the Channel 4 series, How to Lose Weight Well. The third series (5 episodes), had its first TX in January 2018.  She was also part of BBC1’s flagship show – Eat Well for Less? Hala also presented the previous series of Sugar Free Farm on ITV1.


Hala is also in high demand both as a health writer and consultant, She has written regular nutrition columns for an international medical journal and is regularly asked to contribute to some of the UK’s leading lifestyle publications including Grazia, Red, YOU Magazine, The Times and The Daily Mail. 


Hala is a member of the British Dietetic Association.

Dr Rupy Aujla

Dr Rupy Aujla

GP, founder of The Doctors Kitchen, founding director of Culinary Medicine and Sunday Times bestselling author

Speaker's biography

Dr Rupy Aujla, MBBS, BSc, MRCGP, is an NHS GP working in Emergency Medicine, completing a masters in Nutritional Medicine and a fellow on the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme.


He is the founder of ‘The Doctor’s Kitchen’, which strives to inspire and educate everybody about the beauty of food and the medicinal effects of eating well. Creating healthy and delicious recipes using carefully selected ingredients, he explains the clinical research behind them and shares it across his media platforms (InstagramPodcastwebsiteYouTubeFacebook).  


Dr Rupy is a Sunday Times bestselling author, with three cookbooks published by HarperCollins; The Doctor’s Kitchen, Eat to Beat Illness and the latest, Doctor's Kitchen 3-2-1, released in December 2020. Dr Rupy often appears on TV shows such as This MorningSaturday Kitchen and Steph's Packed Lunch and has been commissioned to work on two series for the BBC - both featured on BBC Food and BBC iPlayer - Cooking in The Doctor's Kitchen and Thrifty Cooking in The Doctor's Kitchen. In addition, he is an accomplished TEDx speaker - you can view Dr Aujla's talk here.


He is also the founding director of Culinary Medicine, a non-profit organisation that aims to teach doctors and medical students the foundations of nutrition, as well as teaching them how to cook. 

Dr Arti Maini

Dr Arti Maini

GP, Deputy Director for Undergraduate Primary Care Education and Coaching Lead for the Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre, Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

Dr Arti Maini is Coaching Lead for the Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre (MEdIC) and Deputy Director for Undergraduate Primary Care Education within Imperial's School of Public Health. She works as a GP and educator in London and holds a masters in medical education and degrees in medicine and clinical neuroscience.


Arti is an experienced, accredited coach, coach trainer and supervisor with diplomas in Coaching Supervision and in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring. She is also a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). She regularly incorporates coaching approaches into her own clinical practice and is co-author of the highly acclaimed book Coaching for Health-Why it works and how to do it.


Arti’s education and research interests include coaching for health, education, wellbeing and leadership, person-centred care and capacity building. She leads training courses and workshops for students and healthcare professionals on health coaching skills and has recently launched a globally-accessible online course on Health Coaching Conversations through the Coursera platform as well as an online EdX course on Coaching for Learner-Centred Conversations.


In 2020 she developed and launched health coaching training for all incoming medical students at Imperial College London. Arti was awarded the Imperial President’s Medal in 2019 for outstanding contribution to teaching, for her work in leading the development of a coaching culture at Imperial College


View the programme

On Nutritank -innovating medical training through greater nutrition and lifestyle medicine education

Dr Iain Broadley & Ally Jaffee 

Nutritank co-founders 

How can we revolutionize mental illness treatment with nutrition?

Kimberley Wilson, Chartered Psychologist,  author and visiting lecturer,  former finalist on the Great British Bake Off, with a degree in nutrition

Breaking the stigma - A novel approach to discussing weight with patients

Hala El-Shafie, Registered Dietitian and Consultant Nutritionist, & Dr Natasha Larmie, Senior GP fighting weight stigma & lived experience in a bigger body


NHS DJ Bodalia

An interactive introduction to health coaching

Dr Arti Maini, GP, Deputy Director, Undergraduate Primary Care Education and Coaching Lead for the Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre, Imperial College London

Pioneering Culinary Medicine within medical education and innovating healthcare

Dr Rupy Aujla, GP, founder of The Doctors Kitchen, founding director of Culinary Medicine and Sunday Times bestselling author

The role of nutrition in eating disorder recovery

Renee McGregor, Expert Dietician and Hope Virgo, Founder of #DumpTheScales

Conclusion and thanks

Nutritank co-founders and Nutritank team   

Close of meeting




Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

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