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Nominations are now open for the 2021 Awards. The deadline for applications is Monday 6 September 2021.

The awards will be presented at our virtual awards ceremony on the evening of Thursday 4 November 2021.

The British Dietetic Association awards and prestigious honours recognise the outstanding contributions individuals make in promoting the BDA and advancing dietetics. We bestow these annually to our members who do so much for us.

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 BDA members, from publishing original research work, through to innovation in practice and educational resources. Awards include Rose Simmonds Award; Elizabeth Washington Award and Dame Barbara Clayton Award.

BDA Honours

It is so important to thank colleagues when they make a difference. The BDA Honours recognise and reward BDA members who go above and beyond, those who inspire others and are making a real difference. 

If you know someone who has made a real impact on dietetics nominate them for a BDA Honour today! 

The BDA Honours Committee considers nominations for the Ibex and Fellowship honours. Honours can be considered all year round. Deadline for nominations to be presented at the 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony are Friday 27 August. 

To find out more about the Honours Committee, please click here

Roll of Honour

The Roll of Honour recognises and rewards BDA members who have gone above and beyond to make a significant contribution to a defined piece of work or activity in the past year. The Roll of Honour is awarded by the BDA Board of Directors throughout the year. Nominations can be received at any time of year.

Ibex

The Ibex honour for Professional Achievement recognises individuals who have shown personal commitment and made significant contributions to the BDA and the dietetic profession, either locally or in a specific speciality, over at least 5 years.

Fellowship

Fellowship is the BDA’s highest honour. It is given in recognition of over 10 years of committed and inspirational service to the BDA and dietetic profession at a national or international level. Fellows have promoted the highest standards in the science and practice of dietetics and gained recognition as a leader, role model or mentor.

 

BDA Awards 

BDA Awards celebrate outstanding individuals within the dietetic profession. In 2020, we wanted to recognise a fuller range of dietetic achievement and introduced seven new awards. Due to COVID-19 a number were not presented, but applications for 2021 are now open!

Deadline for applications and nominations are Monday 6 September 2021.

Digital Innovation Award

This award is to recognise outstanding achievements in integrating technology into dietetic practice. Technology can enhance dietetic practice, and service user experience. Such quality improvement initiatives can improve both clinical outcomes and efficiency. Therefore, we actively recommend members of the BDA to be innovative and explore avenues for quality improvement through the use of technology. This award is to acknowledge and celebrate successful digital innovations, and encourage sharing of best practice.

This award is open to applications.

Application questions

  1. Provide background to the innovation, explain the problem requiring quality improvement and how this fits with national and / or local priorities. (Max 250 words)
  2. Describe the proposed solution, the intended user(s), the context of use and the user journey (250-500 words)
  3. Describe how you approached designing your innovation. Were users included and at what stage(s)? What user-centred design techniques were used? (Max 250 words)
  4. Discuss the implementation in detail. Outline your key stakeholders and the extent of their involvement. Did you use an implementation framework to inform your approach? What challenges did you overcome, and how did you overcome them? (Max 500 words)

  5. What were your results, and how did your measures for impact reflect this? Did you evaluate the implementation, and is there evidence that your innovation can be scaled and spread? (Max 500 words)

  6. How did/do you plan to share your digital innovation with the wider membership, healthcare colleagues and the public? Are there any outputs from this work (e.g. research articles, reports etc)? (Max 100 words)

  7. What is your reflection on your experience in implementing a digital innovation to support quality improvement? What went well? What would you do differently? What will you change in your practice as a result of achieving this digital innovation? (250-500 words)

NEW - Dorothy Hopwood Award

The newly created Dorothy Hopwood Award for Professional Achievement recognises a dietetic support worker/assistant who has made a valuable and significant contribution to the profession. 

This award is open to dietetic support workers/assistants who are BDA members and who can demonstrate innovation and new ways of working within nutrition and dietetic services. The project/work may be undertaken on a multi-disciplinary basis though the contribution of the dietetic support worker must be clearly illustrated within the application.

This award is open to applications.

 

NEW Extraordinary Circumstances Award - COVID-19 Pandemic Response

This new award for extraordinary circumstances celebrates members who go above and beyond to support the dietetic community in times of rapid change and disruption.

This award is open to groups of members who have made a valuable and significant contribution to support the BDA's – and the dietetic community's – response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes, but is not limited to, empowering members to navigate the rapid changes to practice, providing members with guidance, education and resources, providing a valuable support network and supporting BDA staff to inform and guide the BDA’s position in key areas. 

The project/work may have been undertaken on a multi-disciplinary basis but the contribution of the dietetic representatives must be clearly illustrated.

The Extraordinary Circumstances Award - COVID-19 Pandemic Response is open to groups of members only. If you wish to celebrate an individual for exceptional work around COVID-19 please consider the Roll of Honour, COVID-19 Community Heroes or our other awards that celebrate individual contributions.

To apply for the Extraordinary Circumstances Award - COVID-19 pandemic response you must:

  • Be a member of the British Dietetic Association.
  • Be part of a group who have made a contribution to support the BDA's, and the dietetic community's, response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Multi-disciplinary groups will be considered provided that the contribution of the dietetic representatives is clearly illustrated.
  • Provide a summary and impact of the work undertaken to support the dietetic community’s response to the pandemic. (600 words total)

Application questions

  1. What activity did you undertake to support the dietetic community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic? (Max 300 words)
  2. What was the impact on the profession? Have any lasting changes been made as a result? (Max 300 words)

 

NEW - Outstanding Achiever Award

This award is to recognise one person who has created significant impact in the profession throughout their career and has been working in the profession for ten years or more.

To apply for this award you must be a member of the BDA and have been working in the profession for ten years or more.

This award is open for applications and nominations.

Application questions

  1. Career achievement - Provide background to your achievements. (Max 500 words)
  2. Activities undertaken - Outline the process undertaken. (Max 500 words)
  3. Impact - What was the impact on the profession? (Max 500 words)
  4. Feedback and testimonials - Please provide any feedback/testimonials to strengthen your nomination.
  5. Other - Provide any further information. (Max 500 words)

Rising Star Award

This award is to recognise a rising star who have been in dietetics for ten years or less who have created significant impact in the profession in the early stages of their careers.

To apply for this award you must be a member of the BDA and have been working in the profession for less than ten years.

This award is open for applications and nominations.

Application questions

  1. Career Achievement - Provide background information to the achievement and explain the implementation. (Max 500 words)
  2. Activities undertaken - Outline the process and activities undertaken. (Max 500 words)
  3. Impact - What was the impact on the profession? (Max 500 words)
  4. Feedback and Testimonials - Please provide any feedback/testimonials to strengthen your nomination. (Max 500 words)

NEW - Social Media Influencer of the Year Award

This award is to celebrate an individual or group who have been particularly influential on social media. It could be across a range of social media channels or just one, and could be a specific campaign or a range of activities.

This award is open for applications and nominations.

To apply for Social Media Influencer of the Year

  1. Choose one main category and submit a clear 500-word summary of the activity and its success, with details on how the criteria has been met.
  2. Provide a maximum 200-word summary of the activity in relation to any of the remaining categories.
  3. You may submit up to four pieces of supporting material as evidence to support your nomination.

Student Champion of the Year Award

This award celebrates a student who has contributed over and above the requirements of their course to promote the dietetic profession.

To apply for this award you must be a current student of dietetics or graduated in 2021.

This award is open for nominations only.

Application questions

  1. Briefly describe why you believe the student deserves to win the BDA Student Champion of the Year Award. (Max 500 words)
  2. Describe how the student has championed Nutrition and Dietetics, including any projects or initiatives they have been involved in. (Max 500 words)

The following are awarded from our office to thank member volunteers who have made the most significant contribution to the way in which we represent our members and the profession.

BDA Ambassador of the Year

Our ambassadors make a huge contribution. They represent the BDA on a whole range of committees, working groups and task forces within Government, alongside other professions and in other organisations. Without our ambassadors we could not influence policy or advocate for the profession to the same extent.

With this award, our office thanks the ambassador who has made the most significant contribution to the way in which we represent our members and the profession.

BDA Media Spokesperson of the Year

Our significant media presence be impossible without our volunteer spokespeople. They provide a media presence across the printed word, online and on the TV and radio. Our spokespeople represent the BDA and the dietetic profession, often at short notice throughout the year on a wide range of topics. 

This award recognises a spokesperson who has gone above and beyond in their role, by tackling difficult or high-profile stories or through providing consistent high-quality support.

Mary Turner Award (Trade Union Representative of the Year)

Named in memory of former BDA President Mary Turner, a tireless advocate of women in trade unionism and nutrition for school children.

Our members turn to our Trade Union Reps in times of need and they are essential to our support to the profession. They make time to listen to members, solve problems and make a huge difference to members' lives.

This award thanks one representative who has demonstrated the qualities of excellence and commitment.

BDA PEN® Achiever Award

As PEN® is written for dietitians, by dietitians, our members make a significant contribution to the evidence-base of PEN®. We want to acknowledge those that help to ensure PEN® remains one of our most valued member benefits. 

With this award, the BDA office recognises a member that has made an outstanding contribution to the PEN® system throughout the year.

BDA Branch of the Year Award

Our 13 local branches deliver local support and development for members. They are a vital part of the BDA providing events, CPD opportunities and access to networking. 

The BDA recognises one branch which has typified excellence and best practice each year.

Applications are open for branch committee members to apply until Monday 6 September 2021. For further details on how to apply on behalf of your branch please contact volunteers@bda.uk.com.

BDA Specialist Group of the Year Award

We have more than 20 specialist groups who each make a unique and significant contribution to the BDA's work. They respond to national consultations, represent the profession, advance clinical specialisms, support members and so much more.

Each year the BDA says thank you to one group which has demonstrated why it should be regarded 'Specialist Group of the Year'.

Applications are open for specialist group committee members to apply until Monday 6 September 2021. For further details on how to apply on behalf of your branch please contact volunteers@bda.uk.com.

Click here to view past award winners.

Previous Winners

BDA Specialist Group of the Year

  • 2020 - Joint winners Critical Care Specialist Group and Paediatric Specialist Group
  • 2019 - Diabetes Specialist Group
  • 2018 - Oncology Specialist Group
  • 2017 - Freelance Specialist Group
  • 2016 - Renal Nutrition Specialist Group
  • 2015 - Critical Care Specialist Group (Dietitians in Critical Care)
  • 2014 - Older People Specialist Group (NAGE - Nutrition Advisory Group for Older People)

BDA Branch of the Year

  • 2020 - Glasgow & West Scotland Branch
  • 2019 - Yorkshire Branch
  • 2018 - East Scotland Branch
  • 2017 - Yorkshire Branch
  • 2016 - South West England Branch
  • 2015 - Glasgow & West Scotland Branch
  • 2014 - London Branch

BDA Media Spokesperson of the Year 

  • 2020 - Aisling Pigott
  • 2019 - Clare Thornton-Wood
  • 2018 - Linia Patel
  • 2017 - Anna Daniels
  • 2016 - Abigail Wilson
  • 2015 - Priya Tew
  • 2014 - Sioned Quirke

BDA Ambassador of the Year 

  • 2020 - Dr Hilda Mulrooney
  • 2019 - Ursula Arens
  • 2018 - Dr Megan Whelan
  • 2017 - Alison Smith
  • 2016 - Anne Donolan
  • 2015 - Alison Nelson
  • 2014 - Rhiannon Williams

The Mary Turner Award

for BDA Trade Union Representative of the Year

  • 2020 - Awarded jointly to Diana Markham and Suzanne Wong
  • 2019 - Awarded jointly to Hazel Cheung and Susan Walsh
  • 2018 - Victoria Gray
  • 2017 - Alison Campbell
  • 2016 - Bronagh Kelly
  • 2015 - Clare Jones
  • 2014 - Alison Green

Digital Innovation Award

  • 2020 - Professor Kevin Whelan for FODMAP by FM

Student Champion Award

  • 2020 - Elaine Penman from Glasgow Caledonian University

Rising Star Award

  • 2020 - Dr Sammie Gill

BDA PEN® Achiever Award

  • 2020 - Sue Acreman

Honours

Fellowship

  • 2020 - Kate Hall and Sian Porter
  • 2018 - Francesca Annan, June Copeman and Dr Fiona McCullough
  • 2017 - Professor Kevin Whelan 
  • 2016 - Anne Holdoway, Mary O'Kane, Sian O'Shea, Dr Clare Shaw and Carina Venter 
  • 2015 - Marjory Macleod and Sue Kellie

Ibex

  • 2020 - Melanie Baker, Sue Brierley-Hobson, Elaine Gardner, Chris Jarvis, Dr Jacklyn Jones, Sue Perry, Pete Turner, Maria Tynan
  • 2019 - Carole-Anne Fleming, Frances Hanson and Sian Lewis 
  • 2018 - Lisa Cooke, Alison Culkin, Kirstine Farrar, Stuart Galloway, Helen Ream, Laura Stewart and Lynne Thomas
  • 2017 - Marion Harvey, Julie Royal and Jennifer McBratney 
  • 2016 - Mandy Gilmore, Nicola Henderson, Ailsa Kennedy, Pamela McIntosh, Najia Qureshi, Dr Sara Smith, Ella Segaran and Louise Sutton
  • 2015 - Anne Holdoway, Anne Lamb and Sian Porter 
  • 2014 - Debbie Provan and Candice Ward

Honorary Associateship

  • 2018 - Graeme Copestake
  • 2015 - Dr Trevor Brown
  • 2014 - Dr Sumantra Ray

Mary Turner Honour

  • Presented in 2015 to Caroline Bovey to honour the BDA Past President Mary Turner