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Accreditation of Courses in Nutritional Therapy
The Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) accredits courses against the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Nutritional Therapy. The National Occupational Standards are developed and updated by Skills for Health, www.skillsforhealth.org.uk which is the Sector Skills Council for the healthcare sector, licensed by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills.
We welcome contact from independent colleges and universities who wish to develop courses, or to submit existing courses, for accreditation with the NTC. Courses are required to deliver the Core Curriculum, including providing clinical training and to meet the National Occupational Standards.
The Accreditation Handbook provides a full guide to the standards expected and the processes involved.
Overview of the Process
Accreditation is a two stage process and all training providers, whether small colleges or large institutions, follow the same process:
Stage 1 demonstrates a commitment from the Training Provider to develop its nutritional therapy course so that it can, following an application under Stage 2, be granted full accreditation status by the NTC. Satisfactory fulfillment of the Stage 1 criteria means a Training Provider is eligible for membership of the NTC Schools Forum, which meets regularly to enable training providers to share best practice.
Stage 2 involves rigorous scrutiny of the Training Provider's course, institution and resources. A substantial evidence file is submitted for review, containing detailed information on educational processes, governance and management. This is followed by an Accreditation visit, whereby a team of three assessors visit the training establishment and assess it against a number of essential requirements set by the NTC. This is designed to verify that the Training Provider is teaching to the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and the NTC's Core Curriculum.
Graduates of courses that have been fully accredited to Stage 2 are eligible to apply for direct entry to the professional register held by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is supported by the Department of Health.
The NTC has worked with Skills for Health to update the NOS. The updated Core Curriculum will be required for applications for Accreditation after December 2010.
Other Useful Resources
The Accreditation Handbook provides detailed information on the process.
The following are key documents for the process:
National Occupational Standards
CNH1 Explore and establish the clients needs for complementary and natural healthcare
CNH2 Develop and agree plans for complementary and natural healthcare with clients
CNH8 Provide Nutritional Therapy to clients
CNH9 Prescribe nutraceuticals to clients