Career Development Skills Workshop

150713 Logo careers 200BDA hosted the 'Career Development Skills Workshop' on Friday 8 January 2016 in Birmingham.


The day included a series of active learning workshops to help you develop your career. Workshop sessions include;

  • Portfolio Preparation

The portfolio workshop supported members to develop the skills necessary to maintain a professional portfolio and thus meet HCPC CPD requirements.

  •  Elevator Pitch

The benefits of this session to the audience will be to;  Enable them to gain confidence and skills to promote themselves and their profession during short encounters with colleagues and other important stakeholders. 

  • Leadership Skills Fiona Moor, Head of Dietetic Services, Royal Derby Hospital

Presentation will be based on"The 5 Practices" by Kouzes and Posner. 

1) Model the Way, 2) Inspire a Shared Vision, 3) Challenge the Process, 4) Enable Others to Act, 5) Encourage the Heart

These five elements are very similar to the NHS Leadership Framework. By taking them all into consideration it will encourage participants to challenge the way they approach their roles and help to develop others.

  • Career Options (Research) Gary Frost, Chair in Nutrition and Dietetics, Imperial College London 
  • Career Options (Practice) Steven Grayston, Chair of BDA Professional Practice Board

This session covered career progression, using a career map versus the opportunistic approach. The session also highlighted the importance of continuous professional development as part of this journey, whichever path you choose to take.

  • Career Options (Sport) Louise Sutton, Lecture, Leeds Beckett University and Chair of Sports Nutrition Specialist Group

In this session Louise Sutton shared her insights on the career options in sport and raise delegate awareness of the pathways in to working in the physical activity or high performance sport environment and the necessary qualifications, skills and competences required.

  • Career Options (Industry) Bethan Tempest, Therapy Area Specialist, Danone Graduate Scheme Dietitian

Overview of Career Options in industry facilitated by one of the BDA Corporate partners.

  • Social Media Skills Anne Myers-Wright

Session will include; why be involved - importance of RD's on social media; choosing your platform; getting started; social media strategy- including your sm persona; : engagement, the perfect hashtag, the perfect 140; : learning opportunities, cpd and networking (brand building); : dealing with comments/disagreements (and avoiding) social media Karma; tips and tricks

  • Interviewing and presenting Skills Dr Fiona McCullough, Director of Detetic Education, University of Nottingham

This session had a practical focus, including the dress code and expectations for interview, as well as preparing responses to the type range of questions. Demonstrations and brief role plays are included to help participants develop competency with experience.

  • Positive Networking Skills

Effective networking is based on simple tactics and this interactive session will take you through a few key pointers as well as providing a chance to face your fears.

  • PEN (Practice-based evidence nutrition)

The workshop will cover: how PEN can support you in your clinical practice by helping you understand the evidence-base and applying that evidence-base in a practical way; how to navigate your way around PEN; for example, how to locate your chosen topic and where to find the answers; how to create a PEN account; the different features of PEN.


The Workshop was aimed at new graduates, current students, return to practice, international dietitians and any BDA Member who is interested in the day's topics and discussions.


There were a number of different registration costs, starting from £50.00.

How to book

We are planning to host the workshop again soon - watch out for announcement in Members monthly and twitter @BDA_Events

If you have any queries please do not heistate to contact us on or 0121 200 8073.