The Nutrition & Health Inequalities Project was funded by the Department of Health Third Sector Investment Programme over three years, to recognise and enhance workforce competences in nutrition at all levels of skill. The Project focused on individuals who provide nutritional advice to the public, as the main aspect of their work or a smaller element of it.
AfN achieved all the project deliverables and objectives within the agreed timescales and to budget.
During the life of the project, Government published its:
• Obesity Strategy, identifying the need for action to improve dietary intake and nutrition health literacy
• White Paper, Healthy Lives, Healthy People, and subsequent update documents
• Consultation on public health workforce strategy a
• Dr Scally’s review of the regulation of public health professionals.
Each acknowledges the importance of early intervention to improve nutrition health inequalities and reduce consequential medical intervention, as well as emerging need for greater investment in the structure, skill and competence of the public health workforce.
The project has enabled AfN to extend our reach for the protection and benefit of the public, from our core activity, maintaining the competency-based register of nutrition professionals, the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), to improving and validating the competence of frontline nutrition workers at Levels 3 and 4 on the Public Health Skills and Career Framework (PHSCF).
To read about the rationale behind the Project, please click here