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Important updates have been made to the BANT Professional Practice Handbook.  The latest version is version 3.4 and is now available on the BANT website here.

Please ensure you read all these updates.

The BANT Professional Practice Handbook is a member benefit and is there to support you as a BANT Practitioner in safe, legal, effective and good practice.  When you join BANT as a Full Member you agree to abide by the guidelines in the Handbook.  It is therefore important that you keep up to date with all that it contains.  If you have any questions relating to Professional Practice, or any question relating to information in the Handbook, please contact the BANT Professional Practice Committee at [email protected].

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Job Title


Nutrition Specialist & Brand Advocate

Full-Time Permanent (Nestlé Health Science)

Location London-based. Willing to travel to Dublin 30% of the time.
About Us & Job Purpose At Nestlé Health Science we are forging a new path for nutrition.

We’re advancing the role of nutritional therapy to address health problems and improve outcomes for consumers and patients. We’re developing nutritional solutions with a purpose; Adding quality and hope to the lives of tens of millions of people. Make your career part of a journey that changes the course of health.


We are looking for a highly knowledgeable Nutritional Specialist to represent MINAMI® Omega-3 Supplements to our retailers and consumers. This person should have in-depth nutritional knowledge and a passion for nutrition & wellness.

Reporting To


·        Lesley McKenzie (Star)

·        Sarah Goldspink (Nestle)

Role and Responsibilities ·        To provide expert nutritional guidance, recommendation & advice with regard to the full Minami range when it comes to the existing product range and the development of new products in the Omega 3 pipeline.

·        Achieve positive endorsement for product range through key influencers (buyers, retailer staff, consumers, brand advocates)

·        Engage and act as core brand ambassador at various events

·        Develop & promote local product advocates

Key Performance Indicators ·        To be seen as the Minami & Omega 3 expert with external stakeholders and consumers

·        To help promote and educate around the usage of Omega 3 and the Minami range.

Skill requirements ·        Experienced Dietician/Nutritionist/Nutritional Therapist or very strong nutritional knowledge

·        High interest in Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements

·        Must be based in London or easy commute in. Must be willing to travel to Ireland 30% of the time.

·        Flexible to work evenings (in substitute for daytime hours) occasionally

Functional or Professional / Business Skills ·        Highly developed knowledge of nutrition/pharmaceutical industry practices

·        Highly developed influencing and communication skills

·        Strong presentation skills & relationship building skills


Other Personal Qualities ·        High levels of integrity

·        High learning agility

·        Organised with strong time management skills

·        Superior communication, presentation and persuasive skills

·        Results and goal oriented

·        Able to work on their own, and organise their work independently

Use the following link to apply online –

Alternatively contact Jon Woodrow at [email protected].


As we continue to witness how the international COVID-19 pandemic causes significant disruptions to our daily life, I would like to, on behalf of BANT Council, ask that you stay connected with your peers, supporting each other via the BANT Members Facebook group as well as through your individual networks. Share resources and knowledge, and radiate positivity, something that we are very good at as a profession. Most people have accepted that working online is part of the “new reality” that has been imposed to us, so please do not feel that an online consultation or workshop is a “second best” option. This might be the only way you have to conduct your business in the next few weeks (or even months) so adapt quickly and this will benefit you. There are already plenty of resources available online to guide you in transitioning to an online business model successfully.

Please apply common sense and be sensitive to people’s changing needs at this time. Recommending a long list of expensive supplements or tests may not be seen as popular as it was only a month ago. Make the most of the knowledge you have and remind your clients of “the power of basics”. Consultation themes based around a diverse diet on a budget are quite likely to be a good choice as millions struggle to get hold of food for different reasons, including financial, but also due to shortages in the supply chain. So please be mindful of the importance of using an ethical and responsible approach during this time.

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Due to the continuing concerns relating to COVID-19, Nutritional Medicine Institute (NMI) and BANT have taken the decision to move the BANT Conference from the 16th of May to 7th November 2020.

The BANT AGM will now be recorded and released to all members by the 16th of May. Please email us in advance any questions you may have so that we can incorporate them into our presentation. You can send us your questions via [email protected] by the 24th of April 2020.

You will get a further opportunity to ask questions after you have reviewed the presentation and these will be addressed in a live Q&A with BANT Directors. Date for this is still to be confirmed.

Those of you that have booked to come to the BANT AGM & Conference in May, both your AGM and Conference attendance tickets will automatically transfer to the 7th of November, when BANT will host a member only update session from 9:30 am – 11:30 am before the conference.

The event will remain at etc venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London and all existing registrations and commitments stay in place. All of our speakers, Dr Felice Gersh, Dr Carrie Jones and Dr Ciara Wright have graciously confirmed their attendance on the new date and the conference program remains the same. If you have not yet booked to join the event you can do so at

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now been upgraded to a pandemic. The safety and wellbeing of our members and all those who use our clinics are always our highest priority and to that end BANT wish to provide below guidance to manage your clinic at this time and to prepare for the impact that a wider outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) could have here in the UK.

As healthcare professionals we have a duty of care to be sensible and safe in our dealings with the public and our clients and therefore we need to be informed and considerate.

As health authorities have made clear this particular virus does present more of a risk to older people and to those individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.

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As of 1st of September 2020, BANT is making changes to their membership requirements.

In July 2019 NTEC and BANT took a significant step-forward to support the professional standing of Nutritional Therapists, with a new requirement for professional courses accredited by NTEC to be taught at level 6 or above, in order to meet the standards of the CNHC Core Curriculum. To strengthen the profession further, future BANT Full Memberships will require that level 6 must be demonstrated by the award of a Bachelor’s Honours degree, or higher, from a recognised university.

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Following the success and popularity of our last 3 Volunteers of the Year (VOTY) Award events and to ensure our volunteers significant contributions are recognised more widely, this year’s Volunteers of the Year Awards will be presented at the BANT AGM & Conference on the 16th May in Central London. This is a great opportunity to bring our volunteers together with our wider membership to celebrate their contributions during the past 12 months and congratulate those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Not only this, but the AGM is a valuable opportunity for us to involve volunteers with BANT’s strategy and plans and have the chance to network with other practitioners.

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We are delighted to inform you that BANT’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Saturday 16th May 2020 at etc. venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD.

We have an exciting, changed format, agenda reporting on key achievements, news, and future plans to further promote the standing of our profession and the recognition of BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners.

2019 has seen the continued growth of reach and scope of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine, and BANT’s focus on professional and regulatory developments is key to the future of our practice and success of our members. At the AGM you will receive a succinct update of our 2019 projects and initiatives and where we need to focus our efforts in 2020.

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This webinar is the first in a 3 part series that will provide you with a step-by-step guide to determine and address two of the most common underlying causes of cardiovascular disease, including dyslipidemia and nutritional imbalances.   The series looks at current standard of care and testing and, through a thorough look at the biochemistry involved, proposes advanced techniques for more accurate assessment of individual risk.  Specific protocols, including testing and test interpretation, dietary and supplemental recommendations and lifestyle therapies to address each underlying imbalance will be explained. Case studies will also be reviewed to demonstrate the recommended methodologies.

The webinar will cover:

• Cardiovascular disease statistics and ow CVD develops

• Underlying causes of CVD & CVD risk factors

• Clinical Utility of Standard Lipid Testing

• Difference between Cholesterol and Lipoproteins

• Cholesterol Metabolism

• Lipoproteins Involved in Atherosclerosis

• LDL–Number, size and density: why it matters

• HDL–Not all HDL is created equally

To access the webinars, click here.