Dietitians Call for Patients with Long-Term Conditions to Have a Care Plan Incorporating Nutritional Needs
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) and the British Specialist Nutrition Association (BSNA) are calling for patients with long-term conditions to have a clear care plan which takes account of their nutritional needs.
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.
The Great Christmas Stuffing!
On average, we will consume around 6,000 calories (kcal) on Christmas day alone (versus the recommended daily amount of 2,000 kcal for women and 2,500 kcal for men)!
Not only that but, over the festive period, which seems to kick off earlier and earlier every year, the average person could consume an extra 500 kcals per day, equating to a weight gain of around 5lb by the time we reach the beginning of the New Year.
Top 5 Worst Celebrity Diets to Avoid in 2014
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has revealed its annual list of Top Celebrity Diets to Avoid in the New Year.
For the previous three years, the Dukan Diet has come out as number one, but this year, making a brand new entry, the Breatharian Diet has taken the top slot, followed by the Biotyping Diet at number two, the Gluten Free Diet at number three, the Alcorexia Diet at number four and completing the list this year is the previous years’ number one (2010, 2011 and 2012), the Dukan Diet.
The LBD / LBT (little black dress /trouser) Guide to Getting the Christmas Parties Started
Okay folks! It’s that time of year again. You’ve got your perfect party gear hanging in the wardrobe, your social diary has never been so full, every night there’s another party to go to (but you’re recording Strictly on Saturdays as you can’t miss that!) and you’re good to go for another month of Christmas partying!!! Read more ...
BDA involved in new hospital food standards set for Summer 2014
The BDA has been approached by the Westminster Government to sit on a brand new Hospital Food Standard Panel (England).
Set up by the Health Minister, Dr Dan Poulter, it will be chaired by the National Chair of Age UK, Dianne Jeffrey.
Trust a Dietitian: Dietitians win awards
The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has awarded two BDA members, who are dietitians, prizes in its 2013 Drummond Nutrition Science Communication Awards, designed to celebrate and reward excellence in the communication of nutrition science.
2013 is the first year for the awards, which are supported by the Drummond Memorial Fund and will be presented annually at the BNF annual day in November.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) launched a brand new exciting campaign called Trust a Dietitian at their flagship event, BDA Live in London on Friday (11th October) at the Vinopolis conference venue.
Call for Government Action to Chuck Junk Food off the Checkout!
The British Dietetic Association’s (BDA) Dietitians in Obesity Management Specialist Group (DOM UK) and the Children’s Food Campaign have launched a new campaign to urge supermarkets to act on customer concern and permanently remove unhealthy snacks from checkouts and queuing areas. The campaign, Junk Free Checkouts, is also supported by the British Dental Association and Slimming World.
DOM UK’s recent nationwide survey, conducted in partnership with Slimming World and with the support of Birmingham City Council, found that nearly 8 in 10 shoppers were unhappy with the sale of sugary or high calorie food and drink items at checkouts.
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.