BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), BSc(Hons), MNIMH, MCPP, MIfL
After more than 30 years in industry, as co-owner of a successful manufacturing company, in which he was the Sales and Technical Director, David decided to retrain as a Medical Herbalist and Phytotherapist, having had a lifelong interest in the natural world and in medicine. He studied herbal medicine at the University of Westminster, gaining an upper second class honours degree. After completing more than 500 hours of supervised clinical practice, he qualified as an herbalist in 2008.
David is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists ( www.nimh.org.uk ), the oldest (est. 1864) and largest professional body for medical herbalists in the UK. He also serves as a member of their Postgraduate Training Board, which organises seminars and conferences for members to keep their skills up to date and comply with continuing professional development requirements. He is also a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (www.phytotherapists.org ). Both bodies insist that all members are fully qualified and comply with strict codes of practice and ethics. All members must take part in a career long programme of continuing professional development and be fully covered by an approved insurer.
Since qualifying, David has gained experience treating a wide range of conditions. He is able to treat most conditions that would be treated by a GP, as well as providing adjuvant support for those undergoing, or recovering from, treatment for serious conditions, such as cancer or following major trauma or surgery. With the permission of the client, he will keep the client’s GP and consultant aware of the support provided.
David is also a qualified adult education teacher, and gives talks, demonstrations, workshops and lectures about herbal medicine. He also leads herb walks in suitable locations. He has spoken to groups of all sizes, from 6 to 260. He has also spoken to audiences of all ages, from primary school to 60+. He has lectured on the evolution of plants at Kew.
He is also pleased to advise on the design of medicinal gardens, and works with garden designers to meet the clients brief. He has links with Deborah Bird ( www.gardensinharmony.co.uk ), a designer who specialises in the design of medicinal gardens.