BANT welcomes news of professional standards accreditation for the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) this week.
CNHC has been approved as an Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA).
Patients, service users and the public will be able to have greater confidence in choosing a complementary therapist from the CNHC register.
BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas said the implications for BANT members of this news were huge.
“One of BANT’s key focuses is to ensure our profession is viewed as a credible and trusted healthcare option. This form of recognition for our regulator from a government body is a huge step for Nutritional Therapy.
“BANT made the decision that all full BANT members will need to be CNHC registered from 2014.. The reputation and the quality of standards delivered in our profession should be second to none. This latest news really cements this decision and takes us a step further to our ultimate goal of Nutritional Therapy being recognised as a mainstream, credible healthcare option,” he added.
CNHC’s chair, John Lant, said: “Today marks the next step for CNHC as the voluntary regulator for complementary therapists. I’m delighted that CNHC has met the Professional Standards Authority’s rigorous standards, and practitioners on the CNHC’s register can now use the new CNHC Accredited Voluntary Register quality mark. This reinforces the confidence that the public, employers and healthcare commissioners can have in choosing CNHC registered practitioners.”
Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority said:
“We are pleased to accredit with conditions the CNHC’s register of practitioners. Bringing complementary health practitioners into a broad framework of assurance is good for patients, service users and the public and is the best way to promote quality. The scheme supports choice and offers enhanced consumer protection to anyone looking for health and social care services, and gives complementary health practitioners the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment.”
The Accreditation by the Authority has been awarded with two conditions. First, CNHC is required to publish a simplified complaints procedure and second, it must deal satisfactorily with all outstanding complaints. The CNHC has until 31st October 2013 to meet these conditions. Margaret Coats, CNHC’s Chief Exec confirmed: “I’m pleased to say we’ve already completed the work required to meet these conditions and have submitted it to PSA.”
Notes to Editors
Complementary health practitioners on the CNHC’s register will be able to display the Accredited Voluntary Register quality mark, a sign that they are on a register that meets the Authority’s robust standards.
The Authority has not assessed the merits of individuals on the register. This remains the responsibility of the CNHC. The Authority has not endorsed a particular treatment or therapy; people will need to consider the information provided and decide if it is suitable for them. Accreditation means that the CNHC’s register meets the Authority’s high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management, complaints and information.
Further information on the accredited voluntary register scheme is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk/voluntary-registers