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 ...
L is for Long URLs
As we all know (?) URL is the acronym for Uniform Resource Locator and is a reference /address to a resource on the Internet. There must be trillions upon trillions of them, one of which being LinkedIn which is purported to be the largest ...
I have just come back from the 1st International Nutrition and Health Forum held in China, designed to focus on the growing need for China to tackle its emerging and potentially huge public health problem. In the past 10 years or so China has seen a huge growth in the number of motor cars, a ...
Ok, maybe not what you expected, but there is a serious message…Some months ago I went to an Army Engagement event with a couple of colleagues where we learned about how the modern British Army is changing. Long gone are the days of huge infantry regiments, regular soldiers are being ...
A is for Anticipation. Are you ready to Create: Excite and Innovate?
BDA Live & Online is fast approaching and I will soon be making my welcome speech at our flagship event of the year. And what a programme the BDA Team has for us all this year. I anticipate a cracker of a ...
I have just returned from Hong Kong and Dubai, which sounds lovely (and it was) but also hard work. In Hong Kong I chaired the Board meeting for PEN Global, our collaboration between BDA, Dietitians of Canada and the Dietitians Association of Australia. It was great to catch up with colleagues ...
P is for prioritising patients primary need for quality food and hydration.
At long last we have NHS mandatory food standards for hospitals ..or do we? The Hospital Food Standards Panel report on standards for food and drink in NHS hospitals published 29th August has ...
H is for Humour
Just a little fun story to brighten up a wet and grey Bank Holiday Monday.
There were two frogs who were always getting into trouble on the farm where they lived and one day they both jumped into a pail of milk. ‘This is great fun’ they cried but after a ...
Some of you may be familiar with the King’s Fund explanation of the NHS transformation and its alternative guide. If not, this is essential viewing for not just NHS staff but anyone who has a vested interest in the NHS (i.e. everyone in the country!). If you have not seen it and have 7 ...
R is for Recognition
At Council a few weeks ago, we reflected on the recent Dietitians Week which is part of the Trust A Dietitian (TAD) campaign – highlighting the value and contribution made by dietitians to improving the health and wellbeing of people in the UK. http://www ...
In a recent statement Simon Stevens was talking about the fact that NHS staff reflect the general population and, therefore, nearly half NHS employees are overweight or obese.You can read more here. The question is, why is this such a big news story, is it not common sense and understandable? ...
I stumbled on a recent report a week or so ago about GP Training and Recruitment/Retention (yes, this is the sort of thing I read in my lunchtime!) which, on the face of it, has nothing to do with AHPs, but on second thought, leads to a fairly rational conclusion which could affects AHPs. There ...
In a forthcoming Dietetics Today members will get a short overview of the Honours and Awards that the BDA and the BDA General and Education Trust Fund support. It is a slightly confusing topic but essentially Honours are the recognition given to members for their work and Awards are ways of ...
N is for Nostalgia
In Andy’s last blog he stated that ‘Today’s news is tomorrow’s fish and chip paper’. Well this may well be the start of the Chairman’s Confessions but a few nights ago after a very energetic 90 minutes dance class I found ...
The problem with blogs is sometimes finding something to blog about and sometimes having too much to blog about. With our primary interest in health, nutrition and diet there is barely a week goes by without some news story or other to comment on. However, this creates a problem. Today’s news is ...
Z is for Zeal / Zealous
As a dietitian, are you apathetic, lackadaisical or are you ardently active, devoted, diligent, passionate to the cause of furthering the art and science of dietetics? In other words would you describe yourself as being zealous?
Rose Simmonds was a leading pioneer in ...
Question: How many dietitians does it take to change a light bulb?Answer: Only one, but we need to know if the light bulb worked afterwards. I don’t often open with a joke. There is probably a good reason why. But the joke is designed to prove a point. Following on from Sian’s blog and the theme ...