BANT is calling on all members who are CNHC official to address themselves as Registered Nutritional Therapists.
The call comes in a bid to bring all BANT members together under one recognised title so that we can work on their behalf to raise their profile and the credibility of Nutritional Therapy across the country.
BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas said: “Earlier this year BANT requested that members register with our regulator, the CNHC, which now enjoys Assured Voluntary Register status under the Professional Standards Authority. In the current regulatory climate, this is a significant step in the recognition of our profession. As the percentage of CNHC-registered BANT members continues to grow towards 100%, BANT believes now is the perfect time for members to start referring to themselves as ‘Registered Nutritional Therapists’.
“To be seen to be registered gives us professional credibility, and also gives the general public the reassurance they demand from their healthcare practitioner. Anyone can be called a Nutritionist, or indeed a Nutritional Therapist, but the term “Registered Nutritional Therapist” automatically sets us aside. We have made every effort to change the terminology on the new BANT website, and in all new materials being designed, as well in our official communications with different stakeholders. It is now time for each of us individually to do the same, and revise our marketing literature, websites, business cards, email signatures and social media profiles.
“Each of your individual contributions is like a seed that’s planted, and every time we use the term ‘Registered Nutritional Therapist’, we are fertilising the soil where these seeds are growing and feeding the awareness of BANT Nutritional Therapists among the general public and among other healthcare and nutrition professionals.
Please change the LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and website mentions of yourself to Registered Nutritional Therapist. Please also ensure you refer to yourself as a Registered Nutritional Therapist in the first mention of any media materials and marketing materials moving forward.
BANT has changed as many mentions on the new website of Nutritional Therapist to Registered Nutritional Therapist as possible. There will be an ongoing programme to update various pieces of collateral