A guest blog from The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Over the last two decades, England has become more ethnically diverse. Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups (BAME) now make up a larger proportion of the population. With these changes in the population, it is ...
Victoria Gray, Mary Turner award winner 2018:
"I became a trade union rep in 2005, when I joined a department and there was no trade union rep and the agenda for change process had commenced. Throughout my time as a Trade Union Rep I have seen Agenda for change, Trust mergers, transfer of ...
Yes, several weeks of pure sun and scorching heat, a world cup to instil admiration in the England football team, ongoing political crises at home and abroad, followed by rain and floods. Summer is here! Those of you who voted in the recent proposal to change our governing document, thank you. ...
An update on the 2018 NHS pay settlement in England
By Annette Mansell-Green, Head of Employment Relations at the BDA
As you know BDA members voted by a large majority to accept a three-year pay deal for NHS staff in England. You should have seen the first part of the deal in your July salary, with backdating due to be paid by next month at ...
By Louise Robertson, Beth Howard, Rachel Watson, Dietitians at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
Twice a year the NEC in Birmingham gets turned into a foodie’s heaven for the BBC Good Food Show. The massive exhibition halls are full of food and exhibition stands, ...
Meat free BBQ recipe
By Duane Mellor and Paul McCardle.
Based on our demonstration from BBC Good Food Show Live in the Summer Kitchen, this blog looks at a quick and easy way of making kebabs which can be as easily cooked on a barbeque or in the oven.
The approach of these recipes is that many things can be ...
A blog about the British Dietetic Association Research Symposium 2018.
by Dr Angela Madden, Subject Group Lead and Research Lead for Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Hertfordshire.
When my new academic diary arrives each year, one of the first dates I add is for the BDA Research Symposium. I then hold my breath hoping that my university ...
By Dietitian Sarah Vince-Cain, part of the team behind NHS CHAMP, a unique child measurement programme based in Greater Manchester that uses data to help understand and target children at risk of weight-related illnesses.
With research suggesting that parents are often unable to identify ...
The dietetic team from Vitaflo highlight their role in supporting secondary prevention.
Last year, Vitaflo International Ltd celebrated its 20th year. We have had dietitians at our core from the very start, with a dietitian being one of the three co-founders of the business in 1997. Over 30 ...
In a mental health context, prevention can mean aiding recovery and managing a condition to prevent serious complications or hospital admissions. Eating disorders in particular arise from a variety of physical, emotional, and social issues, all of which must be addressed for effective ...
A big part of this year’s Dietitians Week is showing that ALL dietitians do prevention, even if we don’t all use the same terminology when talking about it. Of all the dietetic specialisms, Critical Care probably seems the most distant from the prevention agenda, dealing as they ...
Dietitians do prevention in every part of healthcare, even people facing major surgery for cancer, where effective interventions can prevent complications and improve recovery times. In this blog, dietitian Judith Ashcroft describes the multidisciplinary “prehabilitation” ...
What does GDPR mean for the BDA?
by Beccie Jeffries,Data Development Officer.
GDPR has become something of a hot topic recently, with the looming implementation date of the 25th of May. An extensive and well-designed set of laws and requirements, the General Data Protection Regulation has been heralded as the most ...
Coeliac UK awareness week 2018.
by Norma McGough, Director of Policy, Research and Campaigns, Coeliac UK.
Coeliac UK, the largest independent charity for people living gluten free, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
During this year’s Awareness Week from 14 – 20 May the charity will be raising ...
By Annette Mansell-Green, Head of Employment Relations.
The BDA Trade Union wishes its members and workers throughout the world a happy International Workers Day. Today is a day when we celebrate the collective strength of workers through trade unions.
It is a day that was born ...
How can individual dietitians use their influencing power?
By Joanna Instone, Head of External Affairs and Policy Officer for England and Wales.
Following Andy Burman’s blog post, the BDA external affairs team thought it might be helpful to discuss some of the tools available to help members use their individual influencing power, and ...
My last blog focussed on what dietitians can or cannot do, how to create change and how to do what feels right. Having thought more about this (and thanks to all of you who read it and liked it!) I also realised that part of the strategy of influence lies not within organisations but with ...
Practice based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) in Mexico
by Sue Kellie, Deputy Chief Executive of the BDA.
‘…seek collaborations with international dietetic colleagues to extend work in developing the profession…’ Future Dietitian 2025: Informing the development of a dietetic workforce strategy
We are ...
Read about why the BDA Trade Union takes part in demonstrations.
by David Hamblin, BDA Trade Union Organising Officer.
The TUC have called a demonstration in London on 12 May to call for a New Deal for working people. The BDA are proud to be members of the TUC and are calling for our members to attend.
You may well be asking (not unreasonably) ...
Many of us love the taste and pleasure chocolate provides, but should we be eating it to gain a health benefit?
by Duane Mellor.
Chocolate is one food that many of us feel we simply cannot live without; some of us even feel we’re addicted to it. Well, the chocolate we know today hasn’t always looked like this; it’s an invention of the 19th century when the industrial revolution, ...
At our hugely successful conference last week one question posed by a delegate resonated with me: if innovation and pushing the boundaries is crucial to improving health and social care, what do individuals need to know to avoid ‘getting into trouble’ and what do professional bodies ...
by Emily Foster, RD.
It is exciting to see the plethora of places a dietitian can work in 2018 and I suspect it will continue to increase at a rapid rate for years to come. In 2016, 47% of countries reported a greater number of work settings for dietitians since 2012 (1 - see references ...
by Nadeen Haidar, Dietitian, Centrepoint.
How do I encourage this young person sitting in front of me to have her five a day when £5 is all she has to spend on food, clothes, phone bills and transport this week? How do I convince this young person that his insomnia has something ...
March blog chairman
It’s wonderful to see how active our Groups and Branches are around the UK and I have noticed how many now use social media like Twitter to notify us of forthcoming events quite early on in their calendars. For me this is a great opportunity to request a time slot so that ...