Since its inauguration 14 years ago, BANT has evolved to become the primary representative association for the nutritional therapy profession in the UK. In this time BANT has worked on behalf of members to raise standards in the profession as well as continually seeking to improve its own standards too. Developing the National Occupational Standards, working with the NTC, implementing CPD and working with the CNHC for voluntary self-regulation are amongst some of its notable achievements to date.
In 2012 our professional standards were challenged by the Which? Report and with the appointment of an almost entirely new Council shortly after, a more cohesive strategy has been created. Through the new mission and vision we bring together the needs of individual members with the support they need from their membership organization. This strategy focuses on the needs of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners, such as increasing consultations, and supporting practitioners so this can be done safely and effectively, but also on how BANT can ultimately develop into a Centre of Excellence in order to secure the future success of our profession.
The task of BANT Council’s inaugural Strategy Team was therefore to set about developing BANT’s vision for the future, learning from the past (including from other similar therapies such as osteopathy and chiropractic), researching the wider environment and then producing a robust 5 year plan to deliver the vision in this complex and dynamic environment.
The Strategic Plan is intended to provide direction and clarity, ensure commitment
and confident decision-making and also transparency to members on how BANT will deliver on its promises and put future membership fees to best use.
How will BANT deliver its Mission and Vision to Members?
These 4 critical success factors are the basic elements we must achieve as a profession in order to accomplish the new mission. The 11 strategic objectives below specify how BANT will deliver on these 4 basic elements including timescales and metrics for the next 5 years. Operational plans have been produced by each team detailing how they will deliver their part of the strategic objectives.