Rose Simmonds Award

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.

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The Award for 2023 will be given for:

A Dietitian’s Original Research Publication in the Previous Two Years (2021-2022).

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 2021-2022.
    • Published means submitted to a peer review journal and available (either in hard copy or online) 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 invited to attend the BDA Awards Ceremony in Birmingham on Tuesday 4 July 2023. 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 Friday 21 April 2023.

  1. Please submit an anonymised copy of the published article or piece of work, removing the author’s name.
  2. Entries should be emailed to [email protected], with the title 'Rose Simmonds Award'
  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.

Winners will be notified June 2023 and the Award presented at our BDA Awards Ceremony in Birmingham on 4 July.