The Role of Dietitians
Registered dietitians are qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.Dietitians are statutorily regulated, with a protected title and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. The spectrum of environments in which dietitians practise is broad and includes the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, non-government organisations and national and local government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government to local communities and individuals.
The title dietitian can only be used by those appropriately trained professionals who have registered with the Health Care Professions Council and whose details are on the HCPC web site. We have a leaflet that explains the roles of nutrition professionals further.
Finding a Dietitian
The title dietitian can only be used by those appropriately trained professionals who have registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and whose details are on the HCPC web site. We have a leaflet that explains the roles of nutrition professionals further.
Most people will be able to see a Registered Dietitian within the NHS after being referred by an NHS GP, doctor, health visitor or other medical staff. Contact the Dietetic Department at your local hospital to enquire whether they operate a ‘self-referral’ system. Consultations with dietitians within the NHS are free.
Alternatively if you wish to see a Registered Dietitian who practises privately, you can search on-line for a dietitian near you at the Freelance Dietitians web site, which is run by the BDA's Freelance Dietitian Group.
Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition: on-line
Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition is a unique and dynamic resource developed by dietitians for dietitians in order to deliver evidence-based guidance to nutrition practice questions. The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is a collaborative member of the Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) alongside Dietitians of Canada and Dietitians of Australia and New Zealand.
The unique PEN resource, usually costing £300, is available to BDA members of as part of their annual subscription, and the BDA is working closely with the PEN Team to build and develop the UK content. PEN subscriptions are available for purchase by non-members.
Developed by Dietitians of Canada with input from thought leaders in nutrition and dietetic practice, knowledge translation and technology, its powerful search tools and 'Knowledge Pathway' format are designed to deliver evidence-based guidance to nutrition practice questions as well as providing easy links to nutritional tools and resources for clients and professionals.
Eating Better on a Global Perspective
The BDA has signed up to a new alliance called ‘Eating Better: for a fair, green, healthy future’, based on its core values around sustainability and the need to eat a healthier balanced diet.
Most people would agree that the way we currently eat and feed ourselves is not sustainable in the long term. Indeed, the way food industry currently reacts to consumer demands is also a cause for concer: not least of all the recent horsemeat scandal that many link to consumer demand for very cheap meat.
‘Eating Better’ is a new alliance of supporting organisations that seeks to make a difference and create sustainable food and farming systems.
A new BDA website is coming before Easter 2014. This will have some effect on links to this web site.
AP Curriculum and Capability Framework
The new Assistant Practitioner Curriculum and Capability Framework has been commissioned by the BDA Education Board and developed using a combination of external consultancy and BDA staff and Education Board member input.
BDA joins forces with James Martin and the BBC to Deliver Better Hospital Food
A brand new BBC 1 show will be airing every day from Monday 24th February 2014 until Friday 28th February at 9.15am that will see the BDA working alongside the Chef James Martin to help deliver better hospital food in England.
The BDA has started its rebrand, though sadly not yet on this website. We will be unleashing a new-look and largely re-written website before Easter, but in the meantime you can read about the new BDA brand.
13th February 2014