Dietetic Education Forum

Forum

This interactive event gave the profession the chance to find out about the key changes in all aspects of dietetic education and to be able to influence the debate.

  • 6 topics

  • 13 speakers

  • 3 Group discussions

  • 60+ attendees

Dietetic education is dynamically evolving.  Policy drivers from across the UK (including Government funding, apprenticeship schemes, integrated care etc) are influencing both the way we deliver training and CPD and the subject matter covered.

It is vital that the profession is proactive in its approach to education and ensures that members are equipped to succeed in the changing environment, reflecting service needs now and for the future.

This interactive event gave the profession the chance to find out about the key changes in all aspects of dietetic education and to be able to influence the debate.

Those who attendeed include University staff, practice educators and dietetic manager who were all interested in shaping dietetic education and CPD for the future.

The programme was jam packed with lots of case studies on innovative practice from across the UK. There were a number of group disucssion and the feedback from these will be used by both the Education and Professional Practice board in the development of education guidelines going forward.

We hope to host the forum in the near future - watch out for future announcement in BDA communications.

A few comments from the attendees ...

My ‘take home messages’ are that we need to look at very different ways of maintaining CPD by making use of blended learning, webinars with a facility to access afterwards for those unable to attend live-time, more e-modules perhaps produced  by our specialist group. We must also invest in ourselves and be more proactive in accessing opportunities to pursue Masters and PhD programmes.  And to make us fit for the future? We need to expand into more innovative placements outside of the traditional NHS model and an ethos that developing evidence based practice is a continuum and is everyone’s responsibility.   

BDA Honorary Chair - Sian O'Shea

Dietetic ‘clinical’ placements are constantly evolving, and although clinical competences must be met, other areas of the profession are also essential. Learning about these opportunities, as a student, is inspiring as the focus of learning is usually around medicine and diet therapy - there are some great placements already happening around the UK. The benefits of post-graduate and post-registration education were discussed in groups, and it was nice to see the variety of suggestions inspired by one of the many speakers. University educators spoke around the challenges of pre-registration education, including the ongoing challenge of ‘shouting’ about Dietetics, how we market ourselves, and how dietitians are perceived by the general public. The use of social media in dietetics was highlighted, and how both students and registered dietitians should be supporting the profession online.

BDA Student Member, Lily Piper, Coventry University

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