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Rose Simmonds was a leading pioneer in dietetics and a person of great character. The Rose Simmonds Award was at one time the only BDA Award. It has a distinguished beginning and a long history and is therefore the Association’s most prestigious Award.

The Award for 2020 will be given for:

A Dietitian’s Original Research Publication in the Previous Two Years 2018-2019
Those entering the Award should be aware of the following criteria:

  • The dietitian must be one of the acknowledged authors and the published work must be addressed to professional colleagues.  It is anticipated that this scientific work would encompass findings, results, outcomes and undertakings. Other examples include robust evaluation of clinical effectiveness. First time published authors are encouraged to apply.
  • The applicant (s) does not need to be the sole or main author, although it must be clear that the applicant significantly contributed to the piece of work.
  • The entry must be an original research paper “published” in print in a peer reviewed journal during the calendar years 2018-2019.
  • Published means submitted to a peer review journal and available (either in hard copy or on-line) in the designated time frame.
  • The dietitian can submit items previously submitted for other external awards.
  • Members may submit more than one entry provided they meet the above criteria.
  • Any published piece of work can only be submitted once.

The Award is open to all full BDA members and the winner will personally receive £3,000

The winner will be expected to present their work at a BDA national event.

If the winning entry has multiple authors the BDA will only be able to support attendance for one person.

How to apply

The deadline for entries is 20 March 2020.
How to enter

  1. Please submit an anonymised copy of the published article or piece of work, removing the author’s name.
  2. If your entry can be emailed then please do so, to the email address below.
  3. Please clearly indicate which award you are entering, as well as your name, BDA membership number, address for correspondence, phone number, email address, current position, place of work and the name of your manager.
  4. Detail where and when the work was published, the entry cannot be considered without this.
  5. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


Submit your entry to:
Stuart Mills, Trusts & Awards Administrator,

The British Dietetic Association,

3rd Floor, Interchange Place

151-165 Edmund Street, Birmingham, B3 2TA.

Email: s.mills@bda.uk.com

Winners will be notified by April 2020 and the Award presented at a national or key regional BDA event during 2020.