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The General Education Trust Awards

The General Education Trust Fund has a long history of supporting the science and practice of dietetics through the promotion of national awards which recognise the excellent work carried out by many British Dietetic Association (BDA) members, from publishing original research work, through to innovation in practice and educational resources.

The Awards for 2021 were announced at the BDA Virtual Awards in November. You can read our full round-up of the evening here.

Click on the Awards below for details on how to enter:


Rose Simmonds Award

The BDA’s most prestigious award. It is given for a dietitian’s original research publication published in a peer reviewed journal during the previous two years. Winner will receive £3,000.

Elizabeth Washington Award

Given for a dietitian’s published/presented educational work in the previous year, which is broadly within the discipline of nutrition and dietetics. Winner will receive £2,000.

Dame Barbara Clayton Award

Given for recent or current work which promotes dietetic innovation, and demonstrates benefits/positive outcomes for the profession and patients/clients. Winner will receive £2,000.


2020 Award winners

Dame Barbara Clayton Award

for dietetic innovation

Awarded to: Luise Marino, University Hospital Southampton for:

A quality improvement project (QIP) to improving growth in infants with congenital heart disease before surgery – the development and implementation of a consensus based pre-surgical nutritional pathway into a paediatric cardiology service.

Elizabeth Washington Award

for a published/presented educational work

Awarded to: Eirini Dimidi and Selina Cox from King’s College London for:

Fermented Foods: Definitions and Characteristics, Impact on the Gut Microbiota and Effects on Gastrointestinal Health and Disease.

Rose Simmonds Award

for a published piece of work in a peer reviewed journal

Awarded to: Danielle Bear from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for:

b-Hydroxy-b-methylbutyrate and its impact on skeletal muscle mass and physical function in clinical practice: a systematic review and meta-analysis.


Click here to read our full round-up of the 2020 BDA Awards Ceremony.

2019 Award Winners

“The Trust is always delighted to present these prestigious awards each year. It is a marvellous opportunity to acknowledge and showcase some of the very best examples of Dietetic practice which enhance and advance our profession.” Sue Acreman, GET Trustee.

Here are the General Education Trust Award Winners for 2019!

Elizabeth Washington Award

Awarded to Chris Cheyette for his book ‘Carbs and Cals Gestational Diabetes’.

“The judges agreed that Chris Cheytte’s book was the clear winner of this year’s Award. 

The book is now widely recommended by dietitians across the UK and is the only published book for gestational diabetes that is supported by Diabetes UK. It provides Dietitians and other health care professionals a useful resource to be able to demonstrate portion sizes, meal and snack ideas whilst also providing evidence based information on how to manage the condition.”

Rose Simmonds Award

Awarded to Sorrel Burden of the University of Manchester for her published work “Pre-operative oral nutritional supplementation with dietary advice versus dietary advice alone in weight losing patients with colorectal cancer”.

“Despite a wide range of entries the judges were unanimous in their decision for a number of reasons. The study demonstrates clear patient benefits that can be achieved at relatively low cost through an intervention that could be incorporated into routine dietetic practice.  Outcomes can be easily recorded or measured by HCP and other members of the MDT.  The methodology can easily be applied to other areas of dietetics and the research has high potential to raise the profile of dietetics.”

Pat Judd Travel Bursary

Pat Judd would have been delighted with the inspiring proposal submitted by the winning applicant, Tabitha Ward from Glasgow Caledonian University. Tabitha will utilise the bursary to go to Nepal and participate in a nutrition education programme.

She will be involved in classroom education and culinary classes for families, aimed at improving the nutritional status of children and women through positive changes in nutritional behaviour. The programme allow her to gain experience in delivering vital health education to those most in need.

2018 Award Winners

Dame Barbara Clayton Award

Awarded to Adele Robertson and Lisa Macleman for innovation and excellence in dietetic practice for their work Florence and the low FODMAP diet: Improving dietetic capacity and patient pathway with telehealth.

"The judges agreed that the work of  Adele supported by Lisa from NHS Highland was the clear winner of this year’s Award. The entry demonstrated innovation and new ways of working through the use of technology which is readily accessible i.e the use of FLORENCE, an NHS Telehealth service. 

It demonstrated that a change in working practice/service delivery can increase capacity without being allocated further resource.  Importantly the work can be readily applied by Dietitians in other areas of the UK as a basis for managing the growing numbers of patients with IBS who are being managed with the Low FODMAP diet. The principles could also be adapted for use in other conditions." - Morag D MacKellar OBE, GET Awards Co-ordinator

Rose Simmonds Award

Awarded to Avril Collinson and Mary Hickson for their published work Future Dietitian 2025: Informing the development of a workforce strategy for dietetics.   

"The winning entry for this year’s Rose Simmonds Award is a robust paper describing an excellent   piece of original and practical clinical research.  The work – Future Dietitian 2025 – was undertaken to inform the development of a workforce strategy for dietetics for the next 10 years and has identified a number of key recommendations. 

Implementation these will ensure that the Dietetic profession continues to adapt and change to meet future healthcare needs and keep the profession at the forefront in terms of nutrition and dietetics." - Morag D MacKellar OBE, GET Awards Co-ordinator