Volunteering & Employment
Opportunities

BANT is run by volunteers and we are always seeking new recruits. Volunteers can contribute various hours to get involved, but typically this is 2-3 hours a week. Volunteers will be part of one of the BANT workstreams, including; Communications, Science & Education, Practice Governance, Volunteer Management, Regulations, Stakeholder Management, and Membership or they could be members of the BANT Student Network or become Local or Regional Coordinators to further support our members and networking in the regions.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the roles listed please simply write to our Volunteer & Networks Manager, Benjamin Richardson at [email protected]. We will be delighted to explore together for a match between your skills and interests and our roles.

Volunteering Opportunities

SCIENCE & EDUCATION

CPD Committee Team Member

Hours Required: 2-4 hours per week

BANT Lead: Science & Education Manager

Role Description

The CPD committee team members apply their knowledge of Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine to assess and validate educational content submitted by CPD providers. The result is the array of conferences, courses, workshops and events with accredited BANT CPD hours available for members to take advantage of and satisfy their CPD requirements. As individuals, and as a team, CPD committee team members make a big contribution to upholding and raising the standards of education for BANT members.

Key Responsibilities

  • As part of the team, participate in a rotating cycle of responsibility for processing CPD recognition requests
  • Ensuring that applications are assessed against standards and within an agreed timeline
  • Ensure that BANT CPD exceeds National Occupational Standards and satisfies the core curriculum for Nutritional Therapy

Key Competencies / Requirements

  • Active BANT membership and CNHC registered Nutritional Therapist status are both required
  • Confidence to be able to join the role for a minimum of one year is requested to enable onboarding and learning in role
  • Self-organisation is essential to enable timely management of applications as is team collaboration to discuss and make agreements upon standards and ways of working
  • Clear, concise communication skill, written and verbal, is essential for effective engagement with CPD providers
  • Interest in education and training and any existing or prior involvement is hugely welcome, yet also not essential, you can learn in-role

To express interest or simply reach out for a chat to discuss the role please contact [email protected] ideally sharing a CV & your reasons for interest.

SCIENCE AND EDUCATION

Nutrition Evidence Database (NED) Expert Reviewers

Hours Required: Minimum of 25-30 hours, but distributed over a year, and with capacity to contribute more if desired and feasible

BANT Lead: Science & Education Manager

Role Description

The Nutrition Evidence Database (NED) is the UK’s first scientific database dedicated to nutrition and lifestyle medicine research. It is an open-access resource with a growing base of subscribers. NED focuses on human research and is designed as a comprehensive platform for practitioners, academic researchers, policymakers, and students

Expert Reviewers provide expert reviews, opinion pieces and expert input within their specialist area. Expert reviewers also contribute to the on-going growth and development of the NED platform and widen the dissemination of high-quality published research to support an evidence-based approach to the Nutrition profession

In return, Expert Reviewers are publicly credited on the NED platform and through BANT communications for publishing original opinion pieces and expert reviews and will be key to promoting the standing of the profession as an evidence-based practice.  All expert comment is shared with a growing subscriber base and the wider public through monthly alerts and via BANT social media.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Complete a minimum of three ‘Expert Reviews’ per year, comprising a selection of high quality published articles complemented by a summary synthesis and ratings for the articles selected using a standard template
  2. Provide a minimum of one ‘Opinion Piece’ per year, comprising a translation of research into a resource of value for nutrition practice
  3. Providing other expert input ad hoc, as opportunity and need arises during the year, for example, for live ‘Ask the Professional’ sessions

Key Competencies Desired

  • Minimum degree level qualification in nutrition or related area (e.g. dietetics, medicine, public health, etc.)
  • Minimum 2 years clinical practice or applied experience
  • Experience in critical appraisal of nutrition and medical research
  • Able to provide an evidence-based, non-biased view of research quality and translation
  • Skilled in written communication in English
  • Expert Reviewers will be expected to declare any conflicts of interest on joining the panel

Expertise is sought within all of these areas –

  • Immune and Inflammation
  • Cardiovascular
  • Hormone and Neurotransmitter
  • Metabolism
  • Structural
  • Nutrigenomics/genetics
  • Digestion and Microbiome
  • Cognition and Brain

Also within these specialist areas –

  • Oncology
  • Paediatric health
  • Sport and exercise nutrition
  • Pain management
  • ME/CFS

Key Features & Benefits

  • 5 hours CPD credit per Expert Review and 10 hours CPD credit per Opinion Piece
  • Accreditation & promotion on the NED platform and via BANT social media channels
  • Making a high impact, high value contribution to the NED platform and promotion and standing of the wider profession

How to learn more and express interest?

For an expanded role profile and description, and or to express interest and arrange a friendly chat, please send a message to [email protected], attaching a CV and stating your area of expertise

COMMUNICATIONS

PR and Marketing Team Member

Hours Required: 1-2 hours per week

BANT Lead: Communications Manager

Work Description
The Food for your Health campaign is the first BANT campaign that has the public as the target audience and is a sustained, long-term effort. We have an opportunity and need for a dedicated volunteer to assist with the ongoing campaign via close support and partnership with our Communications Manager.

The role will flex to best use and grow the talents of the volunteer. Scope includes idea generation, content preparation, research, graphics design, media monitoring and analysis, and analysis of our own communications performance.

Contribution within this role has significant potential for high positive impact for BANT members through growth of awareness and positive perceptions. The incumbent will also benefit from coaching from our Communications Manager and very likely develop confidence & capability with the preparation of professional, high-impact, audience specific communications.

Skills required
There are many nice to have skills and experience but please do not hesitate to express interest if you do not have all or most. We hope that the volunteer in this role can join us for a long time and develop their confidence and competencies. One absolute essential is enthusiasm for the Food for your Health campaign.

Very welcome experience and skills include:

  • Any form of public relations, marketing, communications or journalist background
  • Researching & writing evidence-based, referenced articles on nutrition & lifestyle topics
  • Adjusting content & language to match different audiences, such as general public and academic
  • Use of multiple social media channels e.g. Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter & Youtube
  • Use of tools for media creation and social media scheduling, such as Canva, Laters, Libysn and Metricool

COMMUNICATIONS

Recipe Co-ordinator

Hours Required: 1-2 hours per week

BANT Lead: Communications Manager

Work Description
Role requires the entry recipe data into Nutritics and present recipe information into an attractive and social media appropriate format.

This is an opportunity for NT students and practicing NT’s.

Skills required
Experience with entering recipe information into Nutritics software.

Experience using platforms to create social media posts.

VOLUNTEERING & NETWORKS

Event Co-Hosts for in-person events

Hours Required: Full or half-day for specific events, plus 2 hours for some preparation in advance

BANT Lead: Volunteer & Networks Manager

Role Description

BANT will exhibit at the in-person Integrative & Personalised Medicine (IPM) event from 16-18 June, and at the IHCAN Summit on 25 June, both held in London.

Event Hosts help deliver high-touch, high impact 1:1 engagement with event participants, with benefits for BANT, BANT Members, the nutrition and lifestyle medicine profession, future members, collaboration partners and the public.

In addition to helping grow positive awareness and appreciation, Event Support Hosts will –

  • Be able to join the event on the days they are helping host
  • Receive a small day-rate thank you payment
  • Receive reimbursement of travel expense for travel to and from the event on hosting days

Key Responsibilities

  • As part of a team, help staff a BANT stand exhibit and hold conversations with stand visitors during the event
  • Prior to helping host, prepare in advance by joining a team briefing and reviewing some support materials e.g. FAQ

Key Competencies

  • Passion for BANT, BANT members and promoting the profession
  • BANT Membership, including student membership
  • Confidence to engage 1:1 with event participants visiting the BANT stand

To express interest or simply reach out for a chat to discuss the role please contact [email protected] ideally with an indication of which of the specific events and days you could help host.

VOLUNTEERING & NETWORKS

Local Networks Team Lead (Virtual)

Hours Required: 1-2 hours per week

BANT Lead: Volunteer & Networks Manager

Work Description

Individual Network Leads directly create and sustain the opportunity for BANT members in their area to meet, virtually and in person, and to have between-meetings connection.

Leads vary in their initial confidence and capabilities and many welcome and benefit from strong partnership to support their preparation, contact with members, and activities in pursuit of an active, supportive, valued Local Network. All Leads benefit from strong ongoing support including knowledge and good practices sharing, provision of information resources and connection both with each other and BANT.

Hence, we have a opportunity for a Networks Team Lead to play a major role in supporting the growth and value of our networks and ensuring that Network Leads themselves feel supported.

Key Deliverables

  • Deliver high touch, high impact, role specific onboarding for new Local Network Leads, enabling them to launch a network with confidence
  • Facilitate regular and frequent Local Network Lead knowledge sharing and connection
  • Ensure key resources for Local Network Leads, including a database of speakers for Local Network meets, remain current and accessible

Skills Desired

  • High energy and enthusiasm for delivering through others, and helping create connection and community
  • Coaching & development
  • Kind, engaging communication, verbal & written
  • Virtual working technologies, including virtual meeting, shared drives, and various scheduling, polling and interaction tools
  • Any experience of running or supporting a social community, for example via volunteering, or meetup, is highly welcome

VOLUNTEERING & NETWORKS

Local Networks Leads (UK wide, all areas)

Hours Required: 1-2 hours per week

BANT Lead: Volunteer Manager

Work Description
BANT Local Networks vary hugely in their size and nature but all help mitigate the isolating nature of our profession through being part of a supportive group of peers who meet regularly.

Some networks are tight social groups, others are larger and have semi-formal events with key speakers, some have regular chatter via a social media channel, others meet regularly via Zoom. Face to face meetings have also been a norm, pre-COVID-19, and hopefully will again once that becomes suitable.

Network Leads, either solo or with a partner, do the wonderful work to organise and sustain a network. This means organising meetings and their content, selecting and enabling the ways to meet (in person or virtual) and chat, sometimes finding venues or speakers. It also involves welcoming in new members and logging network meetings so they qualify for CPD credit.

If there is already a network near you, you may be able to join it or partner with the current lead. If there is not, why not try starting one? You can do so with coaching and support and some great resources to help.

View our existing Local Networks within the BANT Member pages, at BANT Networks > Local Network Coordinators List.

Skills required
Confidence and energy to network, organise, encourage and facilitate are the key qualities. Whilst connection remains mostly virtual, comfort with ways of connecting e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, Clubhouse, WhatsApp and similar, are very useful but can also be learned.

There is no one ‘right’ way to begin and run a network, but if you have the energy to give it a go, everything can be learned with support, so please do reach out if you would like to.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVENESS PROGRAMME

D&I Programme Core Team Member

Hours Required: 3+ hours per week

BANT Lead: Volunteer & Networks Manager

Work Description
The BANT Diversity & Inclusiveness programme is established to grow the awareness of opportunity, together with confidence and capability, of BANT members to make their Nutritional Therapy and Nutritionist services available to broader, more diverse groups. In so doing, improve the awareness, appeal and accessibility of BANT member services to those broader, more diverse groups.

Programme team members are sought to help create, maintain and promote a pipeline of D&I resources & content. Team members will have significant scope to influence what deliverables are prioritised, enjoying being part of a highly motivated team, and join in the celebration and satisfaction whenever a project milestone is reached.

Skills required

If you have passion for the purpose together with any relevant experience, networks, connections, knowledge or skills, please do make contact to discuss.

In addition to team members, if you have a D&I related story to tell, or recommendations to make, please also reach out.

Do you know someone else that might be interested? Referrals are also very welcome.

PRACTICE GOVERNANCE

Professional Practice Panel (PPP) – Member

Hours Required: 2-4 hours per week

BANT Lead: Practice Governance Manager

Work Description
The Professional Practice Panel (PPP) are looking for new, experienced NT’s to join our existing committee, helping to respond to practitioner queries and support our members. This is a fantastic opportunity to keep your knowledge up to date with developments in professional practice. You will have access to frequently asked questions and issues arising from clinic and form part of a team of very experienced NTs offering advice, benefiting your own personal development and practice.

Skills Required
Must be a full member of BANT and CNHC Registered. Knowledge about NT, BANT and the BANT Professional Practice Handbook and CNHC Code of Conduct and Ethics is important.

View the Role Profile for PPP Member.

STUDENT NETWORKS

Student eNews Assistant

Hours Required: Up to 6 per month, including to participate in some meetings

BANT Lead: Student Council Rep

Role Outline

The Student Network is a programme to support BANT student members, engage them, and help them develop a community and support network and ensure that they feel part of the professional association now and in the future. Organising and delivering our regular Student eNews is an integral and valued part of the overall approach.

Key Responsibilities

  • Partner with the Student Council Rep to create & maintain a planned quarterly schedule of Student eNews
  • For each individual eNews – create a plan & schedule, identify contributors & facilitate their contributions, create a draft ready for review and sign-off

For example past Student eNews:

Student eNews May / June 2021

Student eNews July to September 2021

Key Competencies Desired

  • Confidence to self-set goals and pursue them with energy and enthusiasm
  • Will and skill to think and act creatively in order to source and generate interesting, compelling content
  • Experience of writing in a conversational and engaging tone is desirable but not essential

Key Features & Benefits

  • Enjoy working within a supportive team, including the Student College Reps, Student Events Coordinator and Student Council Rep
  • Build skill and confidence with creative writing and key writing concepts like tone of voice and calls to action
  • Network and build contacts throughout the field of professionals working in Nutrition
  • Practice and build skill with simple project planning

To apply, or just reach out to discuss, please do contact [email protected]

STUDENT NETWORKS

Student College Representative (currently needed for BCNH)

Hours Required: Up to 6 per month, including to participate in some meetings

BANT Lead: Student Council Rep

Role Outline

Our Student Network is a programme to support BANT student members, engage them with BANT, to help them develop a community and support network and ensure that they feel part of the professional association now and in the future. The BANT College Student Representatives are a key approachable point of contact within each year group/class at each college, receiving feedback and offering advice and signposting to BANT resources for all student members.

We aim to sustain at least one BANT College Student Representative within each accredited Training Provider.

The BANT College Student Representatives will liaise with the BANT Student Rep, who represents BANT students on BANT Council ensuring the student voice is heard. The BANT Student Rep will keep the BANT Student College Reps up to date with relevant information and the latest developments.

Skills Required

  • Be energetic and outgoing
  • Confident communicator
  • Have a good understanding of how the college is structured and how communication could be delivered within
  • Have a good understanding of social media forums (internal college forums, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Have a good relationship with college lecturers and staff

View the Volunteering Brief for Student College Representative.

To apply, or just reach out to discuss, please do contact [email protected]

Employment Opportunities

We do not currently have any employment opportunities but when we do, they will be advertised here. Also, when we have a new job a mailout will be sent to all members subscribed for recruitment emails.