Alliance List

British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS)

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BOMSS is a professional society of surgeons involved in obesity management. Membership of the Society includes medical professionals and allied health professionals including specialist nurses, dietitians, and psychologists. BOMSS aims to promote the development of high-quality centres for obesity surgery, to educate and train future obesity surgeons and practitioners and to guide commissioning and policy for the use of obesity surgery in the UK.

BDA members are already closely involved in the work of BOMSS and this MoU builds on those existing strong relationships.

Obesity Health Alliance 

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The Obesity Health Alliance is a coalition of over 30 organisations who have joined together to fight obesity. Formed in 2015, its aim is to is to prevent obesity-related ill-health by addressing the influences that lead to excess bodyweight throughout life. The Alliance works to influence governments in the UK to introduce policies designed to tackle the social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to obesity and the inequalities in health caused by obesity.

The BDA joined as a member of the Alliance in November 2016.

Allied Health Professions Federation 

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The Allied Health Professions Federation provides collective leadership and representation on common issues that impact on its member professions. Its membership is made up of the 12 professional bodies representing the Allied Health Professions. 

The overall purpose of the AHPF is to promote inter-professional working enabling Allied Health Professionals to provide high-quality care for patients and their carers across the whole of the health and social care sectors. The AHPF is a UK wide organisation and has management boards in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The AHPF Boards work to a shared agenda with delivery activity tailored to the unique context offered by each country.

British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 

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BAPEN is a Charitable Association that raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community. BAPEN brings together the strengths of its Core Groups to raise awareness and understanding of malnutrition in all settings and provides education, advice and resources to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community.

The BDA Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Group (PENG) is one of BAPEN’s six Core Groups.

Nutrition and Dietetic Resources UK provides an extensive range of high-quality nutrition and diet resources - written by dietitians - to support health professionals in their patient care. They are a charity that operates on a not-for-profit, full cost recovery basis.In 2014 NDR-UK and the BDA signed a memorandum of understanding to building on our existing good working relationship, enhance cooperation and use the most up to date evidence to produce patient and healthcare professional facing information resources. As part of the agreement, the BDA Chief Executive retains a position on the NDR-UK Board, and BDA specialist groups communicate regularly with NDR-UK about possible resources that they might produce. The memorandum was refreshed in December 2015.
Vegan Society
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The BDA and Vegan Society have complementary experience in health nutrition outreach. As the original vegan organisation, and with a solid commitment to evidence-based guidance at its heart, The Vegan Society is uniquely respected by vegans around the world. The British Dietetic Association is the only provider of evidence-based advice and information in the science and practice of dietetics. By combining these strengths, the two organisations can bring best practice in plant-based nutrition to medical professionals, service providers, and clients. The BDA and The Vegan Society renewed their commitment to collaboration with a refreshed MoU signed in July 2017.  
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The NNEdPro Group represents a strategic partnership between doctors, dietitians, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals, as well as educators and researchers. It is composed of several partner organisations including the British Dietetic Association, UK Medical Research Council’s Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (incorporating the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey), Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour, Ulster University School of Biomedical Sciences, Wolfson College in Cambridge and Cambridge University Health Partners (including Cambridge University Hospitals and the School of Clinical Medicine)

NNEdPro undertakes continuing nutrition education needs assessment relating to medicine/healthcare to develop, deliver and evaluate a range of innovative education and training interventions/packages with particular emphasis on effective delivery methods and healthcare impact.

Eating Better
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‘Eating Better: for a fair, green, healthy future’ is a broad alliance working together to help people move towards eating less meat and more food that’s better for us and the planet, as part of the vital task of creating sustainable food and farming systems.

Eating Better encourages a culture which places greater value on the food we eat, the animals that provide it and the people who produce it.  Eating Better supports farmers who produce meat in a sustainable way. 


'Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming’ advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity.

The BDA supports Sustain's 'Junk Free Checkouts' campaign, which challenges supermarkets and other retailers to act on long-running customer concern and permanently remove unhealthy snacks from all of their checkouts and queuing areas.

Hospital Caterers Association 

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The Hospital Caterers Association was founded in 1948, and its aims and objectives are the promotion, development and improvement of the standards of catering in hospitals and healthcare establishments in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and elsewhere; the education and training of persons in health care catering services, and the provision and improvement of the professional interests and status of those engaged in health care catering services.

The BDA and HCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2016, which outlines a joint commitment to maintain and improve standards across hospital catering and services relating to patient nutrition and patient safety. The HCA works closely with the BDA's Food Services Specialist Group, including on the production of joint guidance and toolkits. 

Motor Neurone Disease Association 

The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning. They are a membership organisation with over 9,000 members forming a powerful national and local network that provides information and support alongside fighting for improved services.

The BDA and MND Association have created a formal partnership which builds on the already excellent working relationship between our two organisations and sets out a commitment to joint working up to 2020. The relationship is managed by the BDA’s Neuroscience Specialist Group. Good nutrition is important to MND patients and dietitians have an important role to play in advising on suitable diets to help maintain weight, nutritional status and help with considering longer term nutrition plans.

T1 Resources   

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T1 Resources is a website run by volunteers and aims to be a one-stop shop for Type 1 Diabetes resources sourced from the internet in various formats to suit the needs of a diverse audience. The resources are co-curated with peer-review (people living with Type 1 diabetes, parents and carers) and healthcare professional quality assurance.

All resources are approved by an editorial and review team which includes health professionals and diabetes patients. Those involved include dietitians. A full list can be found on the T1 Resources Website.