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Through CN Magazines, we work closely with many groups, associations and charities involved in nutrition and dietetics.  Below are further details on the groups, associations and charities we work with, whether it be with regards to columns or articles within CN Magazines.

afnThe Association for Nutrition (AfN) is an independent regulator of nutrition science professionals and registered charity. We hold the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) and our core objective is to protect and benefit the public.

We protect and benefit the public by:

  • Independently regulating and championing Registered Nutritionists (RNutr) and Registered Associate Nutritionists (ANutr).Registration on the UKVRN is an accepted mark of professional status and competence in nutrition science. All UKVRN registrants have a minimum of degree-level knowledge in nutrition science, have meet rigorously applied competence requirements and adhere to the AfN Standards of Ethics, Conduct and Performance.

  • Recognising high quality, relevant nutrition training for all levels of the workforce through our educational quality assurance schemes of Degree Programme Accreditation, CPD Endorsement and Course Certification.AfN Accreditation has been awarded to over 50 undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition degree programmes in the UK and overseas which meet high standards of nutrition science teaching, knowledge, skills and ethical conduct development. Working in partnership with the Department of Health (2012) and Public Health England (2015), the AfN has also defined standards of nutrition competence for the wider workforce and provides AfN Course Certification for high quality, relevant nutrition training benchmarked against standards.

  • Raising our profile to protect the public and raise demand for, and recognition of, the contribution and expertise Registered Nutritionists (RNutr/ANutr) provide in nutrition science and to the wider workforce. The AfN engages with a wide range of stakeholders to raise awareness of the AfN and the fact UKVRN registration is only available to nutrition science practitioners who meet established criteria for high standards for training, competence and professional practice, protecting the public and employers from unsafe practice and assuring the credibility of nutrition as a mature and socially responsible practicing profession.

Further information about the AfN, registration for nutrition science professionals and the quality assurance of education provision please visit www.associationfornutrition.org . You can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">

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avissoavisso is the sister company of allmanhall. An unrivalled team of foodservice consultants, avisso works closely with clients - including the existing catering team - to provide expert assistance and resolve challenges within catering operations. Drawing upon their own, vast experiences and having a thorough knowledge of the environments they are entering, avisso's consultants can provide help and support whatever your unique challenges, and be with you every step of the way.

avisso can provide assistance with:

  • Compliance
  • Commercial
  • Staffing
  • Design and planning (including project management, marketing and signage)
  • Training
  • Dietetics and nutrition.

Part of our compliance audit looks at health, safety and hygiene and avisso can provide manageable improvement plans, with scheduled visits from a consultant throughout the year.

avisso look at every tiny detail to see where costs can be saved with regards to food, process, labour, utilities and small expenditure and can also help with managing food waste, stock and asset controls.

We can help with delicate staffing issues including restructuring the catering management, production and service teams and can even help you find the right people through recruitment support. avisso can provide training to help inspire improvement within your team, across a range of topics and interests.

With access to so much experience and resource, avisso can provide excellent assistance in design and planning, through menu innovation, kitchen refits and thorough overhauls of dining facilities, or even give advice on how small changes can make big differences. Alternatively, we can create marketing materials, signage or other small design requirements.

Why not explore our case studies or look at the team's experience, at: www.avisso.co.uk. Alternatively, contact the office on: 01225 632222 to speak to a member of our team.

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BAPEN Online LogoBAPEN* is a Charitable Association that raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community.

BAPEN brings together the strengths of its Core Groups to raise awareness and understanding of malnutrition in all settings and provides education, advice and resources to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community.

BAPEN's Core Groups include:

  • Dietitians – The Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition Group of the British Dietetic Association (PENG)
  • Doctors & Scientists:
    • BAPEN Medical
    • The British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN).
  • Nurses – National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG)
  • Patients – Patients on Intravenous and Nasogastric Nutrition Therapy (PINNT)
  • Pharmacists – British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group (BPNG)

At BAPEN we are dedicated to working with patients and their carers, healthcare professionals (HCPs) across all disciplines, purchasers and providers of social care and governing health bodies throughout the UK to improve standards of nutritional care.

BAPEN members are passionate about ensuring that good nutritional care is delivered in all health and social care settings and have established the 'BAPEN 4 Tenets of Good Nutritional Care':

  1. IDENTIFICATION – Identify those with malnutrition or at risk of malnutrition through screening and assessment, e.g. the 'Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool' ('MUST')
  2. TREATMENT – Treat. Implement 'individualised' care pathways for the malnourished and those at risk appropriate to the care setting
  3. TRAINING – Provide training on the importance of nutritional care for all care staff appropriate to the care setting, their profession and their responsibilities
  4. MULTIDISCIPLINARY MANAGEMENT – Ensure multidisciplinary structures to manage and monitor nutritional care.

*BAPEN: the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Contact details
Address: BAPEN Office, Seven Elms, Dark Lane, Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcestershire, B96 6HB
Tel: 01527 457 850
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.bapen.org.uk

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hcpcThe Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is an independent, UK wide regulator who were set up to protect the public. This means that health and care professionals registered with us are genuine and meet national standards.

To do this, we:

  • Set standards for registrants' education and training, professional skills, behaviour and health;
  • Keep a register of health and care professionals who meet those standards;
  • Approve programmes which professionals must complete to register with us; and
  • Take action when professionals on our Register do not meet our standards.

Protected titles
All of the professions that HCPC regulates has one or more protected titles. Only those on the Register can legally use one of these titles.

Checking the Register
Anyone can check the HCPC Register to find out if the health and care professional whose services you are using or intend to use is registered.

Raising a concern
The majority of professionals on our Register practise safely and effectively. On the rare occasion that something goes wrong, anyone can raise a concern with us. We are able to act where there are serious concerns about a health and care professionals practise or behaviour.

Contact details
For enquires on renewals, HCPC approved qualification applications, CPD, fees, online account activation or general queries about registration, please call: +44 (0)300 500 4472 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For all other queries contact the main switchboard: +44 (0)300 500 6184.
Website: www.hcpc-uk.org
To check the Register visit: www.hcpc-uk.org/check
To raise a concern and see the type of cases we can consider visit: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints/fitnesstopractise
Address: The Health and Care Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU

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nnedproThe Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro) is an award-winning, inter-disciplinary think-tank, training academy & knowledge network for individuals and organisations interested in nutrition & health improvement via education, research, evaluation and advocacy.

Since its inception, NNEdPro has evolved into an international, multi-faceted programme with a broad knowledge management remit across clinical and public health nutrition. NNEdPro represents a strategic partnership between doctors, dietitians, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals, as well as educators and researchers. It is composed of several partner organisations including the British Dietetic Association, Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour, Ulster University School of Biomedical Sciences, Wolfson College in Cambridge, Cambridge University Health Partners and Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN).

Our Vision: To establish the NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health as a world leading and highly innovative think-tank, training academy and knowledge network, bringing together the best of education, research, evaluation and advocacy, particularly in Nutrition-related aspects of health and healthcare systems.

Our Mission: To develop a critical mass of self-sustaining knowledge, skills and capacity in Nutrition and Health, within the global healthcare and public health workforce, resulting in significantly improved health practices and outcomes.

Our Strategic Aims:

  1. To develop, provide and evaluate the impact of medical/healthcare nutrition education (as a health improvement tool), delivered to a significant proportion of the global workforce, building sustainable capacity and driving implementation of knowledge into policy and practice
  2. To significantly strengthen the medical/healthcare nutrition evidence-base by identifying gaps, undertaking/commissioning primary research as well as evidence synthesis/interpretation, and improving access to high quality, translatable information for policymakers and practitioners at a global level.

Contact details
If you are interested in our work and wish to get involved, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and browse our website: nnedpro.org.uk

You may also connect with us through social media:
Facebook: facebook.com/NNEdPro
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/nnedpro
Twitter: @NNEdPro

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NNNG logo 2The NNNG was founded in 1986 by nurses working in the field of Nutrition Support.

The aims of the group are to promote education in nutrition and related subjects for members of the nursing profession and wider professional fields, for the public benefit, and especially for the benefit of patients in the hospital and community.

The NNNG seeks to promote the vital role nurses play within the provision of nutrition to patients as well as the role of the specialist nurse within nutrition teams. The NNNG also hosts and provides support to educational days and resources for nurses working within nutritional support.

Membership to the NNNG allows access to an online forum whereby members can share best practice and ask questions which provides a valuable resource and support network. The group is proactive in the development good practice guidelines in a number of subjects, including nasogastric tube insertion and ongoing care. The committee also represents the NNNG at national level on key areas within nutrition support including oral, enteral and parenteral care.

Whilst the aims and objectives of the NNNG remain the same, it now attracts and welcomes membership from a wider group including:

  • Nutrition nurse specialists
  • Lead nurses and matrons in nutrition
  • Staff nurses
  • Gastroenterology nurses
  • Student nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Nurse academics
  • Paediatric nurses
  • Paediatric nutrition nurses
  • Community paediatric nurses
  • Any other professional with an interest in nutrition

You can find out more about us by visiting our website www.nnng.org.uk 
You can contact us by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
You can follow us @NNNGUK 

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PENG logo 2 colour with web addressThe Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition PENG was established in 1983 as a specialist group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). It is a founder group of BAPEN. Over the years PENG has gained national and international reputation as a recognised authority on both practical and academic aspects of nutritional support. Today, PENG strives to support its network of Dietitians to deliver excellence in nutritional care through appropriate oral, enteral and parenteral nutrition and aims to achieve this through:

  • Providing a forum in which dietitians working in oral, enteral and parenteral nutrition can exchange ideas and develop best/evidence based practice
  • Acting as a voice of professional expertise and authority for and on behalf of dietitians working in oral, enteral and parenteral nutrition support
  • Working in partnership with key organisations including BAPEN, patient groups and the BDA to raise the profile of the importance of good nutritional care in all care settings
  • Supporting the development of resources for use by its members, patients and other healthcare professionals
  • Actively supporting dietitians to enhance knowledge and skills of clinical nutrition and nutrition support through the PENG educational events and bursaries and the PENG research mentoring scheme and grants.

To become a member of PENG, or to find out more, please visit www.peng.org.uk or contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2015 06 BSNA HIGH RES LogoThe British Specialist Nutrition Association (BSNA) is the voice of the specialist nutrition industry in the UK. We are a trade association representing manufacturers of high quality foods designed to meet the needs of people with very specialist nutritional requirements. Our members produce infant formula, follow-on formula, young child formula, complementary weaning foods, gluten-free foods on prescription, parenteral nutrition and medical foods for diagnosed disorders and medical conditions.

Specialist nutrition products are developed on the basis of ongoing research, are supported by a foundation of scientific data, and are highly regulated. They are used in hospitals, nursing homes, and in the community.

Contact details
Website: www.bsna.co.uk
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 02074207119
Twitter: @BSNA_UK

nitsoclogoThe Nutrition Society was established in 1941 'to advance the scientific study of nutrition and its application to the maintenance of human and animal health'.

Highly regarded by the scientific community, the Society is the largest learned society for nutrition in Europe.

The Society is a not for profit, membership organisation. Those with a genuine interest in the science of human or animal nutrition can become a member. Membership is worldwide with a majority of members living in UK and Europe.

The Nutrition Society:

  • Publishes five renowned journals consisting of highly regarded scientific research
  • Creates and organises CPD accredited conferences disseminating cutting-edge nutrition science and attracting nutrition scientists
  • Works with industry representatives and researchers from the around the world
  • Offers CPD accredited training workshops to enhance and develop skills
  • Creates opportunities to network and develop relationships with like-minded individuals and communities
  • Publishes six highly regarded textbooks
  • Offers up to date news in areas of nutrition research.

Contact details
Website: www.nutritionsociety.org
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Telephone: +44 (0)207 605 6555

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