Since its inauguration in 1997, BANT has evolved to become the primary representative association for the nutritional therapy profession in the UK. In this time BANT has worked on behalf of members to raise standards in the profession as well as continually seeking to improve its own standards too. Developing the National Occupational Standards, working with the NTC, implementing CPD and working with the CNHC for voluntary self-regulation are amongst some of its notable achievements to date.
In 2012 our professional standards were challenged by the Which? Report and with the appointment of an almost entirely new Council shortly after, a more cohesive strategy has been created. Through the new mission and vision we bring together the needs of individual members with the support they need from their membership organisation. This strategy focuses on the needs of Nutritional Therapy practitioners, such as increasing consultations, and supporting practitioners so this can be done safely and effectively, but also on how BANT can ultimately develop into a Centre of Excellence in order to secure the future success of our profession. The task of BANT Council’s inaugural Strategy Team was therefore to set about developing BANT’s vision for the future, learning from the past (including from other similar therapies such as osteopathy and chiropractic), researching the wider environment and then producing a robust 5 year plan to deliver the vision in this complex and dynamic environment.
- Act as a professional body for nutritional therapy practitioners and those working in the wider application of nutritional science
- Uphold high standards of education, training, practice and integrity
- Promote the application of nutrition science for optimum health, disease prevention and patient care
- Work towards the goal of having nutritional therapy available to all on the National Health Service
We shall champion professional excellence in the practice of nutritional therapy and drive industry policy to ensure the availability of nutritional therapy as a primary healthcare option.
The Strategic Plan is intended to provide direction and clarity, ensure commitment and confident decision-making and also transparency to members on how BANT will deliver on its promises and put future membership fees to best use. Download the Strategic Plan.
How will BANT deliver its Mission and Vision to Members? Four critical success factors form the basic elements we must achieve as a profession in order to accomplish the new mission:
- Nutritional therapy consultations must be effective, safe, evidence-based, national occupational standards-compliant and up to date.
- The demand for nutritional therapy consultations must increase.
- The number of regulated members must increase.
- Future legislation must enable nutritional therapy to be a viable and valid healthcare option.
The Strategic Objectives are reviewed and updated annually and published in the BANT Annual Reports.
11 strategic objectives specify how BANT will deliver on the 4 basic elements over the next 5 years.
- Set, embed and communicate the standard
- Uphold training standards
- Uphold professional standards for practice
- Increase positive awareness
- Engage with regulators, and UK and European government
- Market research to identify barriers and opportunities.
- Identify and prioritise target markets
- Increase the number of potential NT graduates
- Establish BANT as the gold standard professional body
- Improve membership numbers
- Create a Centre of Excellence
Operational plans have been produced by BANT steering groups and committees detailing how they will deliver their part of the strategic objectives. Steering groups and committees include:
- Communications Steering Group (CSG)
- Excellence Steering Group (ESG)
- Clinical Governance Steering Group (CGSG)
- Regulatory Steering Group (RGS)
- CPD Committee
- PPC Committee
- Membership Committee