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Association for Nutrition (AfN) Advancing standards of evidence-based nutrition practice Leonie Milliner, Chief Executive. AfN – who are we?. Voluntary Regulator for Registered Nutritionists Our prime purpose - protection of the public

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Association for Nutrition (AfN)Advancing standards of evidence-based nutrition practiceLeonie Milliner, Chief Executive
afn who are we
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
our mission statutory p rotection of title
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
why register
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
types of registration
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.
associate nutritionist anutr
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.
registered nutritionist rnutr
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

applying for registration
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
what does it mean to be a professional
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 specialisedareas

These criteria are neither fixed nor exhaustive. This means for example that some occupations not currently regarded as professions may acquire that status in the future.’HMRC Definition of a Profession

standards of ethics conduct performance
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
keeping up to date
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
what else do we do
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
regulating the wider workforce
Regulating the Wider Workforce
  • Green are Registered Nutritionists, individualsqualified 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).
afn structure
AfN Structure

Council/Board of Trustees






Standing Committees


Registration & Accreditation

Chief Executive

Comms & Marketing


Management Team

Registration Officer

Finance Officer

afn governance
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
getting involved
Getting Involved
  • You can: Follow @AfN_UK_
  • Like Association for Nutrition
  • Apply for Registration
  • Registrants can: Contribute to AfN Regional Network
              • networking &CPD events
              • media
              • lobbying
  • LinkedIn
  • Assessors
  • Governance
  • AGM
more about afn
More About AfN

Association for Nutrition


T 020 7291 8388