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1 Association for Nutrition (AfN) Advancing standards of evidence-based nutrition practice Leonie Milliner, Chief Executive

2 AfN – who are we? Voluntary Regulator for Registered Nutritionists Our prime purpose - protection of the public Registered charity – public interest not private profit 1400 Registrants - 15% overseas Launched June 2010 – culmination of 30 years of professional regulation in nutrition in UK

3 Our Mission - statutory protection of title Key Strategic Aim Three Options – Charter, PSA & Legislation Protect function as well as title Whole workforce approach AfN expertise in nutrition workforce regulation

4 Why Register? Join substantial body of like-minded professionals Your title –visible indication of your professional status Practical tools John Waterlow Reading Room Discounted subscriptions: CN, Nutrition Bulletin Google Helpouts Exclusive Professional Indemnity Insurance Regular Communications & website AfN Logo for business use Collective influence & inter-professional relations Protect the public through commitment to evidence based practice

5 Types of Registration Associate Nutritionist ANutr Associate Nutritionists demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the five core competencies for registration. Registered Nutritionist RNutr(Specialism) Registered Nutritionists demonstrate application of the core competencies for registration in one of five specialist areas; Nutrition Science, Animal nutrition, Sports & Exercise, Food or Public Health. Fellow FAfN Fellows are Registered Nutritionists who demonstrate a significant and sustained national or international contribution to the furtherance of nutrition science.

6 Associate Nutritionist ANutr Direct Entry from AfN Accredited Course With application form, proof of ID & payment or Portfolio Entry Application form, CV, 2x references, covering letter and completed competency mapping form with evidence to support application, plus proof of ID. Evidence should be current, brief and demonstrate competence with reference to evidence listed in the competency mapping form. All applicants must demonstrate they are of good character.

7 Registered Nutritionist RNutr Transfer from ANutr to RNutr Application form, CV, 1x reference, covering letter and completed competency mapping form with evidence to support application plus proof of ID. (Ideally within 3 years of graduation) Portfolio Entry Application form, CV, 2x references, covering letter and completed competency mapping form with evidence to support application plus proof of ID. ANutr to RNutr, ‘knows how’ to ‘shows how’ NHS Choices NHS Careers

8 Applying for Registration Visit our Website All the forms, information and guidance are on the ‘Registration’ section of the website Language Requirement Applications must be in English or certified translations. NARIC Certified copies of academic qualifications. Fees Associate Direct Entry £100; £80 annual renewal fee Associate Portfolio Entry £200; £80 annual renewal fee Registered Nutritionist Portfolio Entry £300; £125 annual renewal fee Upgrade from Associate to Registered £50

9 What does it mean to be a professional? ‘ The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.’ Thomas Babbington Macaulay ‘ Court decisions have restricted the meaning of the words “profession” and “professional” to occupations generally understood to be a profession; Factors in judging whether an occupation is generally understood to be a profession include: - the nature and status of the activity and those engaged in it; - whether the exercise of the activity requires a qualification; - whether the persons carrying out the activity are bound by a code of conduct; - whether the activity entails having a distinctive and broad base of knowledge from which a person may subsequently diversify into specialised areas These criteria are neither fixed nor exhaustive. This means for example that som e occupations not currently regarded as professions may acquire that status in the future.’ HMRC Definition of a Profession

10 Standards of Ethics, Conduct & Performance Describes expectations for behaviour of UKVRN registrants and consists of fifteen Standards with accompanying guidance Contextual judgement – “knowing what to do and when” Application of judgement; public good v. private gain Applies to all Registrants & informs Fitness to Practice proceedings

11 Keeping up to date Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Look out for AfN Endorsed CPD Short courses, lectures, conferences & e-learning endorsed by AfN CPD is necessary part of being a practising professional Keeping up to date and advancing professional knowledge Plan, undertake, record & reflect Up-to-date CPD records help you demonstrate your professionalism & competence

12 What else do we do? Set competence-based standards for Course Accreditation, CPD & Course Certification Raise the profile of Registrants through Government briefings, conferences & meetings. AfN Regional Network with local CPD & networking, media, & interprofessional activity Media Bank enabling us to respond to requests Work with Employers to promote employment Issue briefing notes and consultations

13 Regulating the Wider Workforce Green are Registered Nutritionists, individuals qualified and competent in nutrition science. The UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists. Light Green Health & Social Care Workers at Levels 3 and 4 on the Public Health Skills and Careers Framework who provide in nutrition advice to the public (health trainers, nursery nurses, community food workers, etc) Orange Health Professionals, at Level 5+on the Public Health Skills and Careers Framework who provide in nutrition advice to the public(GP’s, Nurses, Dentists, Midwives and Pharmacists).

14 AfN Structure Council/Board of Trustees FellowsBP&GCertification Accreditation Registration Comms & Marketing Finance Chief Executive Certification Registration & Accreditation Standing Committees Management Team Finance Officer Registration Officer

15 AfN Governance 14 elected trustees – volunteers 2 lay trustees Quarterly Meetings Annual Report & Accounts to UK Charity Commission 3 Honorary Officers President – Prof Alan Jackson Hon. Treasurer – Prof Martin Wiseman Hon. Secretary – Dr Claire Robertson

16 Getting Involved You can: Like Association for Nutrition Apply for Registration Registrants can:Contribute to AfN Regional Network networking &CPD events media lobbying LinkedIn Assessors Governance AGM

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