aims identified in forming the association were:
The first committee was formed and regular meetings were held in London. The constitution and the code of conduct were put together and the official launch took place.
In parallel with these events the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) was forming. WNMS members were invited to one of its first meetings from which a steering group was set up to help with the process of developing a voluntary regulatory body for the profession of nutritional therapy. Over the following 7 to 8 years a small number of dedicated people from organisations within the field, including WNMS, the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT), the Register of Nutritional Therapists (RNT), Unique Education, the training bodies themselves and the NTC, accomplished much good work in this area. The Foundation for Integrated Health supported this process both practically and financially.
also helped with the initial draft of the generic National Occupational
Standards (NOS) which related to many different complementary and alternative
health disciplines with Healthwork UK (now Skills for Health). This generic
document was then taken forward by the NTC to develop National Occupational
Standards for Nutritional Therapy.
*The WNMS has supported the work of the Nutritional Therapy Council. The WNMS continues through newsletters to inform members of developments in regulatory affairs.
*Professional indemnity insurance for WNMS members was arranged with Holistic Insurance Services.
deals with many enquiries from members of the public, present and prospective
members. The majority of these are about finding a practitioner, training
courses, becoming a member of the Society and the Grand Parenting process
for entry to the NTC (and eventually the Complementary and Natural Healthcare
Council) register of practitioners. With the launch of the website WNMS
intends to devote more time to CPD activities to maintain and develop