Déjà vu. Yes, I am back!
My last blog as Chairman was written on 2 June 2015. Never in a million years did I think I would be back again. Just in case you are wondering "What on earth is going on?" or as we say in Barrybados.. "What’s occurring?" I will attempt ...
I read this week that ‘post truth’ has just been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Timely as I was about to blog about fake news and the recent Food and Health APPG in Westminster was about the wide range of poor advice on social media. I must admit it is only recently that I ...
Sorry it has been so long since the last blog, but having read it again, I thought it worth an update on key issues:
Future dietitian has seen fantastic engagement with members around the country and many thanks to our colleagues at Plymouth who have led on this, come to BDA Vision to ...
Some may say it's never a dull moment at the BDA. Probably quite true. We don't have any quiet summer periods anymore, it's pretty much full on all year and it just depends on the news or the priorities at the time as to what is making us run around. My last blog on brexit may resonate with some ...
In case you have been stuck down a cave for the last few years then I am sure the confusion surrounding the forthcoming referendum on 23rd June has made you scratch your head and wonder what on earth to do? Some of you may have made up your minds, some maybe not. The question is: how can you ...
Some members may have seen the new publication Eating Well, Living Well and wondered, what is this all about? There is information on the members’ website about how it came about and why, its target audience and who has been involved. But I thought it may be opportune to give my personal ...
There is a deep and distant rumbling in the NHS and it is all getting a bit fraught. Junior doctors are on the warpath and this time, they are not too happy. Again. No, seriously. This time they mean it. Why? Well, it’s partly about money, contracts, feeling got at, because of the ...
It seems ages since the last blog, for which I can only apologise and put down to a simply crowded summer, I cannot believe I last posted in June. But I think there are a couple of really topical issues worthy of comment.Firstly, I joined BDA staff at the TUC event in Brighton which was a ...
I am writing on the eve of the AGM, of BDA Vision and in preparation for our second Dietitians Week. The atmosphere in the office is frantic as we juggle the preparation for events around the UK. But first of all I want to say a big thank you and farewell to Sian O’Shea who has been ...
G is for Goodbye?**
W is for Welcome to Fiona.
J is for Justify and
L is for Laudits
A mixed bag of letters for my Last Blog to you as Chairman of the BDA. I can’t believe how quickly my term of office has passed and soon I will be handing over the Chain of ...
With the surprising result of the general election now evident, we turn our heads to how we will work with the new government and (at time of writing) we do not know who the Health team will be. But we will have strong representation with this new government (watch this space for more news) and ...
Q is for Quiet? No way, Pedro!!
It’s coming up to that time of year again and we don’t want to be quiet..we want to make a lot of noise!!
The countdown has started for our second Dietitans Week (DW) from 8 – 12 June https://www ...
K is for Kings Fund
How many of you remember the 1992 report from the King’s Fund Centre - A positive Approach to Nutrition as Treatment and the mind boggling potential savings to the NHS of £266 million per year?*
The King’s Fund began life in 1897 as the ...
T is for TIDY
Q: What do Gavin & Stacy and the Process for Nutrition & Dietetics have in common?
A: Both are...Tidy!!
Tidy as in Welsh/UK slang is used to describe something or someone who is lush, cool or good.
Now no-one would go so far as to describe the Process ...
One of the biggest concerns regulatory bodies have relates to complaints originating from social media activity. It seems, for reasons unknown or not easily explainable, that the human psyche seems to change when it comes into contact with social media. Comments, statements, complaints, ...
V is for Volunteers
I believe we all have an important part to play in raising the profile of our profession. This can be carried out on many levels from within our routine day to day work, to more outward facing activities such as becoming a BDA Volunteer. The engagement of members ...
The BDA recently hosted a visit by the Executive Committee of the Swedish Clinical Dietetic Association who wanted to visit the BDA to understand more about our work and dietetics in the UK. We provided a 2 day overview of our work and strategy, something our Scandinavian visitors found hugely ...
Tis’ the season to be….. thinking about elections (no, not the general election, we have far more important elections of our own!).Very shortly you will see, in Dietetics Today, the announcement of vacancies for Council over the coming year. Most Council members are elected for 2 ...
F is for Face-Lift
And No I haven’t had one and after watching a late night programme on cosmetic horror stories I daresay I will not be going anywhere near a plastic surgeon! The programme did make me think about the way in which we have integrated a lay person’s surgical ...
M is for MBE
Just a quickie….
I have just looked through the 2015 New Year Honours List for Wales and am delighted to see one of our members listed therein. Judyth Jenkins, Head of Nutrition and Dietetic Services, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board who has been awarded an MBE ...
X is for Xmas
Believe it or not I am not being lazy in my writing but using an abbreviation for christmas which was accepted by the church and widely used in the 16th Century (if not before). The key here is understanding the provenance of the word and using the correct ...
In 2006 we had around 5800 members and in late 2014 we are about to hit 8000 members. Why?Well, we have had a fantastic few years and developed an excellent BDA with even more volunteers than we had before as well as improved members services. Our subscriptions are great value for money: they ...
W is for Waste Not, Want Not
A recent newspaper* article summarised a War Cabinet White Paper (1944) detailing the achievements made by ‘Britain’s Prestigious War Effort’ – sub heading ‘Unsurpassed By Any Other Belligerent’.
With regard ...
S is for Scumbugs
(or Some more long URLs!)
At a recent Council I overheard a conversation on allergies and the dangers of scumbugs(?) in fish. Now I know all about scumbugs - I have one in my hot tub. This particular scumbug is shaped like a creepy crawly and ...