Where have we been ...

Where we've been, what we've been doing, who we've been influencing ... 

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Coming soon - New Scientist Live and Food Matters Live.

Below are the events we have been to in 2017 so far. Find out a bit more about them ...

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UK Anti Doping (UKAD)

The BDA attended the recent UKAD forum based at Loughborough University. There were lots of interesting discussions around clean sport, the risks and challenges associated with supplements and the medicalisation of sport. It was a great networking opportunity and a way to increase awareness of SENr (Sport and Exercise Nutrition register) which is run as part of the BDA core business.


NHS Scotland

nhs scotland stand The BDA Scotland Board attended the conference to engage with the NHS Scotland workforce and co-determine the priority 'asks' for the forthcoming Scottish Government diet and obesity strategy. Members of the Board, Joyce Thompson and Ruth Campbell were part of an expert panel for a parellel session on 'weight matters - a collaborative approach to shape Scotland's diet and obesity strategy' which explored key aspects of the new stategy.

Joyce Thompson, Scotland Constituency Council Member commented on their attendance;

The Scotland Board consider the NHSScotland Event as a unique opportunity to meet and engage with dietitians and other health and social care professionals and decision makers from across Scotland, to build on established links and develop new links with other key organisations. There is always a need to remind decision makers on the importance of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease and the crucial role of dietitians in leading on the transforming food, fluid and nutritional care. 

Find out more about the BDA Scotland Board


BBC Good Food Show - Eat Well

More details coming soon!


Northern Ireland Confederation (NICON)

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 The BDA Northern Ireland Board attended the conference with their newly development call to action. The theme of the conference was transformation in practice - delivering together. Member volunteers Ruth Balmer; Jennifer McBratney; Maria Tynan and Student Member Maeve O'Shea alongside Claire Holmes, Northern Ireland Board Chair and Pauline Mulholland.

Claire Holmes, Northern Ireland Constituency Council Member      commented on their attendance;

The NI Board sees NICON as an important opportunity to meet and influence the health and social care decision makers in the province as well as a venue for networking - building on already established rapport with other health professionals and forging new links with other key organisations. There is always a need to remind the decision makers that the AHP professions - dietitians among them of course - have a powerful role to play in transforming health and social care which is not always recognised.

In the words of Pauline Mulholland, Head of Dietetic Service at The Ulster Hospital commented in one of the parallel session ''We are part of the solution!''

Find out more about the call to action and Northern Ireland Board


Primary Care and Public Health

Primary Care BDA attended the two day event in Birmingham to profile dietitics to the range of professional working in Primary Care. There were a number of dietitians on the programme and we launched our new leaflet on dietitians working in Primary Care on the stand Dietetic - practice, education & evidence.


National Dietetic Gastroenterology Symposium

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The BDA was represented in Sheffield on 12 May by Lisa Vokes, Chair of Gastroenterlogy Group, Vera Todorovic and Linda Cantwell from Parenteral and Enteral Group and Sammie Gill, BDA Policy Officer.

A prize draw for a signed copy of Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Gastroenterology          was won by BDA Member Abigail Blockley.

Lisa had this to say about her experience;

The symposium was a great event to attend as a representative of the BDA and specifically the Gastroenterology specialist group alongside Vera and Linda from Parenteral and Eternal Group   

The opportunity to network was the most pleasurable part of the day, personally speaking, as there were lots of new faces to meet and work alongside as well as new folks who were able to express an interest in the specialist activities of the gastro and other BDA branches. I even got a bit of 'business' done, meeting the clinical specialist leads and putting names to faces. 

The stand received a good stream and visitor and there were many entries to our prize draw as evidence of this. I demonstrated the great interest in the BDA specialist publications (gastro and diabetes to date, obesity and nutrition support to come!).  The presentations themselves were interesting, and kept to a good pace. I think I can safely say everyone learnt something be that lots or little, and on the bigger picture or smaller details.  The ground that dietitians are breaking was highlighted by the presentation of more than one example of pioneering dietetic work and it seems there is lots upcoming at meetings and presentations in the near future including a best clinical science abstract at BSG from the Kings group....there is lots to celebrate and still more to come!!

It was a great opportunity and I would recommend for other members to get involved and support the profession at the events BDA attend.

Linda from PENG added her thoughts on the event;

A brilliant free event, which attracted over 300 dietetic delegates. A great opportunity to speak to fellow BDA members and with PENG and gastro specialist group represented it provide committee members and members opportunity to engage and share the benefits of membership with non-members too!


Diabetes UK

Diabetes standThe BDA was represented by the Diabetes Specialist Group.

Annually group members with the support of local dietetic students attend the three day conference and exhbition.

A great opportunity to network, hear updates in the field and promote dietitians working in diabetes.

This year the group organised a competition with carbs and cals - guess the amount of carbs in a jar. (see picture)

Congratulations to Saji Pappachan, DSN for guessing closest to 1828g.

Julie Taplin, Chair of Diabetes Specialist Group commented on their attendance

The event provides the Diabetes Specialist Group with a unique opportunity to highlight the role of dietitians working with people with diabetes. In 2016, dietetic students from Glasgow helped  support the stand which proved hugely successful and was repeated  again this year with some wonderful students from Leeds and Chester.

In addition to being able to promote our profession and attend some great lectures our committee member Paul McArdle hosted the Specialist Dietitians lunchtime networking meeting. This is always  well-attended and enables opportunities to share best practice and promote key achievements, future goals and membership of the Diabetes Specialist Group. I would like to thank the BDA and committee members that helped make the event such a success.


Health & Wellbeing at Work

Work ready stand

 BDA Work Ready attended the 2 day show to promote the programme.

 Jo Lewis, BDA Work Project Lead comments on the show

A good opportunity to meet occupational health and HR professionals and hear more about their plans for staff wellbeing. We spoke to over 100 people about BDA Work Ready on the stand, and our accredited dietitians Sue Baic, Kate Roberts and Megan Whelan presented in the wellbeing theatre. After the event, we held a meet-up for the accredited dietitians and around 20 were able to come along for an update and share their experiences in the first year.


Innovations in sport and exercise nutrition

rsm SENr attended to support and represent the register.

The RSM conference was a buzzing event with lots of inspirational speakers in sport and exercise nutrition. The aim of the conference was to provide an update on the latest scientific concepts, insights into research and innovation programmes, whilst also discussing the future directions of sport and exercise nutrition. We had lots of engagement at the SENr stand and questions about joining the register.