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MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL NOTICE 2020

Happy New Year! Today is the day that BANT membership renewals open.

We would like to thank you very much for your support throughout 2019, which has enabled us to carry out vital activities and projects on behalf of you and particularly our profession.

2020 is upon us and so too are BANT membership renewals!

BANT continues to grow and with over 3,000 members the number of activities that BANT undertakes on your behalf, particularly in the Regulatory arena also continues to grow.

To support our objectives and to ensure that BANT is at the crux of current fast-moving changes, the organisation needs your continued support. The organisation honours its pledge to not increase membership fees in 2020, despite the increase in vital activities the volunteer Directors, part-time managers and wonderful member volunteers undertake continuously on your behalf.

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CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM YOUR CHAIR AND NEWS FOR THE NEW YEAR

As we approach the end of the year, BANT Council would like to thank you very much for your ongoing support for the work that we’ve carried out over the last 12 months!

BANT’s ultimate aim is, as always, to support its members. This year we have continued to do that by persisting in our robust defence of our profession. We also work tirelessly to strengthen the organisation’s position at the heart of the nutrition debate going forward, particularly post-Brexit, by being fully engaged with stakeholders, as well as regulatory and professional bodies.

BANT is extremely proud of how many of its members volunteer for the organisation so that vital projects can be brought to fruition and so that the ultimate aim of BANT members being the ‘go to’ practitioners for nutrition and lifestyle medicine can be achieved.

BANT is a leading light in progressive nutrition clinical practice with forward thinking evidence-based projects such as the rapidly expanding Nutrition Evidence Database and the recent launch of the initial PROM/Wecudos research study, the first of a series of studies that will carry on throughout 2020. It is all thanks to you, whether you volunteer your time or whether you support these important tools by using them in your day to day practice.

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BANT AGM & CONFERENCE 2020

The BANT AGM and Conference 2020 is the most important annual event for The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT), the leading professional body for Registered Nutrition Practitioners.

The BANT AGM and Conference 2020 combines BANT’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), for members, with a leading-edge Conference, open to all health professionals, featuring high-profile international speakers on nutrition and lifestyle medicine.

The event is organized by the Nutritional Medicine Institute (NMI) in partnership with BANT. NMI is a new high quality, continuing professional education provider with extensive industry experience.

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UPDATE RE: BANT COUNTER PETITION TO AFN CHARTERED STATUS REQUEST

Further to our statement alerting members to AfN’s gazetted (officially published) application for Royal Charter for the pre-eminence in the field of ’nutrition, health and allied subjects’.

BANT thanks the large proportion of its over 3,000 members who have written in to offer their thoughts and recommendations for inclusion within BANT’s Counter Petition. Members will appreciate that with time being of the essence, individual responses are not possible. We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate the instruction that individual members NOT provide comment to Privy Council as this may prejudice the Counter Petition which BANT is working hard on with its Legal Counsel. BANT members will be kept abreast of any news.

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TRUSTEE VACANCY WITH THE RESEARCH COUNCIL FOR COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE (RCCM)

RCCM is seeking a new Trustee to support them with fundraising activities. Trustees have a very important role in shaping the activities of the RCCM and this is an ideal opportunity to be able to influence the future directions of CAM research in the UK. The key responsibilities of their Trustees are to hold the charity “in trust” for current and future beneficiaries by using their skills, knowledge and/or experience to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. Closing date for applications is 29 November 2019.

For more information and details on how to apply, please see the document attached or visit the RCCM website here.

HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE ADVISOR

Salary: £24,240 FTE per annum, Pro rata on 21 hours per week £14,544

21 hours per week

Permanent

Age UK Croydon is searching for a Healthier Lifestyles Adviser. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to make a difference.

The Healthier Lifestyles Team at Age UK Croydon offers activities and events across the borough of Croydon combining, exercise, health checks, nutrition talks and social engagement in a variety of local settings. These sessions help reduce isolation, improve independence, prevent falls, increase fitness levels and manage health conditions.

With our new Memory Tree Café, we are providing an accessible hub to support people with memory problems or a diagnosis of dementia. The hub combines reminiscence, exercise, activity and social interaction and is a service we are looking to grow and extend.

We are looking for an additional advisor to help grow our service. If you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of the older people who use our services, and those who care for them and want to contribute to an organisation which is continuously striving to improve, then we would love to hear from you.

This role will require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check. For further information or a full application pack, please email: [email protected] quoting the job title. Large print application form is also available.

Please note that applications must be signed and returned to the Brigstock Road office for the attention of Executive Assistant. Signed completed application forms can also be emailed to [email protected]
CV’s will not be accepted.

Click this link to apply – https://www.ageuk.org.uk/croydon/about-us/work-for-us/healthier-lifestyles-adviser2/

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 27th November 2019 at 9.00 a.m.
Interviews Date: Friday 6th December 2019
Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

BANT STATEMENT ON ASSOCIATION FOR NUTRITION CHARTER PETITION

The Privy Council Office (PCO) contacted BANT last week to notify that the Association for Nutrition (AFN) Petition for a Royal Charter was tabled.   PCO stated that comments and responses from BANT and AFN thus far are regarded as informal and formal comments should now be made by 2 January, to which AFN will be asked to make a formal response.

BANT will be making a formal Counter-Petition.

A Royal Charter is all about pre-eminence in a field, in this case the field is “nutrition, health and allied subjects”.   While focus has been on conferring the title ‘Chartered Nutritionist’ this is only one of a number of Powers listed in the Charter for it to pursue its Objects.   The Objects of the Charter of Incorporation also includes thie Object for which the Academy of Nutrition Sciences has recently been incorporated.  BANT suspects this means that the AoNS is likely to quickly suffer the same fate as the Nutrition Professions Confederation, set up a decade ago as an umbrella body for The Nutrition Society, British Dietetic Association and British Nutrition Foundation, if AFN is successful.

BANT does not challenge that AFN is pre-eminent in the field of nutrition science but BANT is clear that AFN is not pre-eminent in the field of Nutritional Medicine which practice has been clearly delineated by the House of Lords and in which AFN has no professional or regulatory standing.

The Petition (including appendix – parts a and b), Charter and Byelaws are substantial documents so we would ask BANT members to refrain from submitting individual comments to PCO.

Instead, if BANT members have any insights or comments that they would like to provide for BANT to consider for inclusion in its counter-petition, please email: [email protected]

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MIGUEL TORIBIO-MATEAS PRESENTS MIGUEL TORIBIO-MATEAS PRESENTS THE IMPORTANCE OF CAPTURING PATIENT REPORTED OUTCOMES (PROMS) FOR THE NUTRITIONAL THERAPY PROFESSION

In this new podcast style webinar, Miguel will cover the importance of patient-reported outcomes in providing evidence of impact that Nutrition Practitioners have on their clients’ health. During the webinar, Miguel speaks with numerous guests, including Dr Adam Read MBchB, MSc, orthopaedic and sports medical specialist, who has spent the last 8 years building technology that enables collaboration among practitioners to make healthcare more integrated, transparent and evidence-based.

This webinar will:

  • Give details of the importance of capturing patient-reported outcome in the Nutritional Therapy profession
  • Provide insights into the software that is being piloted so that BANT members will be able to capture impact data

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DR JESS ARMINE PRESENTS A TWO-PART LEARNING SERIES – THE PRACTICAL APPROACH TO NEUROPSYCHIATRIC CONDITIONS INCLUDING CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS & NON-PHARMACEUTICAL TREATMENT

Dr Jess Armine, Doctor of Chiropractic and Registered Nurse, presents a 2 part webinar series on neuropsychiatric conditions. By the end of the 2 webinars, you will understand mood disorders, appreciate the complex interaction between neurophysiology, causation and effects, and have the knowledge to design appropriate and successful approaches in clinic.

The webinars will cover:

  • Neuropsychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, Seasonal Affective Disorder and ADHD
  • Neurotransmitters, how they become depleted and how to support them
  • Emotional trauma and its impact on health
  • How to choose appropriate tests and interpret the results
  • Targeted protocols

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