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

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Coming soon - Find out where we will be in 2019

BDA attend a variety of events, our aim is to highlight the professional, promote dietetics and the work currently being undertake in the profession by members and the BDA including specialist groups.

Find out more about the shows we have attended promoting dietetics in the past two years. .

Interested in supporting and representing the BDA find out where we will be in 2019!


It was an excellent experience; I met many members of the BDA and had the chance to work with a number of other student dietitians who had travelled from all over the UK to volunteer.

Hannah Harnett, BDA Student Member Volunteer




Regular events and exhibitions we attend

Ad hoc events we attend



Allergy + free from show

We attend the CPD masterclass at the allergy + free from show annually at both the Glasgow and London shows with the support from the Food Allergy Specialist Group. 

The masterclass includes talks from some of the leading professionals in allergy and is well attended by dietitians, GPs and other medical professionals. We took along a number of resources and the BDA Food Fact Sheets on Allergy proved extremely popular!



BBC Good Food Show

For the past three years we have attended the summer edition of the BBC Good Food Show, we run a dietitian drop in clinic, providing advice to the public which is very busy and dietitians feature on the summer stage alongside host Chris Bavin. 

Thank you to everyone who volunteers.


Diabetes UK Professional Conference

Diabetes 2018 The Diabetes UK Professional Conference is an important annual event for the Diabetes Specialist Group, it provides an opportunity to showcase the work that specialist diabetes dietitians are involved in. A great opportunity to network, hear updates in the field and promote dietitians working in diabetes.

In addition the group runs a stand at the event, supported by local dietetic students.




Health & Wellbeing at Work

h&w 2018 We attend the show annual to promote BDA Work Ready with speakers on the programme and a stand.









New Scientist Live

new scientist standFor the past three years we have attended the four day show  at London ExCeL highlighting nutrition as a science.

On the stand we provide evidence based evidence, in the past we have undertook myth busting and gut health quiz.

In 2017,  Professor Kevin Whelan represented and spoke on the Human theatre stage on Gut microbiome and diet: your route to better gastrointestinal health and in 2018, Megan Rossi spoke on Gut Health - the secret to happiness?



NHS Scotland

BDA Scotland Board represent the profession annually at NHS Scotland.

nhs scotland stand The board engage with the wider NHS Scotland workforce and highlight the importance of dietetic services across Scotland.

Find out more about the BDA Scotland Board






Northern Ireland Confederation (NICON)



BDA Northern Ireland Board attend the show annually to represent the dietetic workforce in NI, showcasing examples of the fantastic work the dietetic workforce, in Northern Ireland We engaged with the audience and explained the varied and expanding role of dietitians within health and social care and the positive impact they are achieving in patient outcomes.


Find out more about the BDA Northern Ireland Board



Primary Care and Public Health

Primary Care We attend the two day show annually in May to to promote the role of dietitians in primary care and to highlight the BDA primary care research project being funded by the BDA. Find out more about our ongoing work to highlight the importance of dietetic services in primary care





WalesConfed18BDA Wales Board has attended Welsh Confed for teh past two years highlighting the role of dietitians across Wales.

Find out more about the BDA Wales Board






National Dietetic Gastroenterology Symposium

Gastro stand picture

Following our attendance at the previous edition we returned to Sheffield on 17 May and were represented by members of the BDA Gastroenterlogy and Parenteral and Enteral Specialist Groups.

A prize draw was run for copies of the Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics Book Series and the winners were Katie Sander and Laura Oakley.




NES Cradle to Grave

Jacqueline Walker attended the day to showcase the excellent work of dietitians within primary care and to highlight their untapped potential in November 2018.

At this event GPs were particularly interested in the benefits of dietitians working further upstream and focusing on early intervention in relation to type 2 diabetes, malnutrition, cow's milk allergy, IBS and coeliac disease.  Aside from improving care dietitians can reduce GP workload and positively influence the increasing costs of medications and nutrition borderline substances.  All GPs at the event want dietitians to work directly with them as fully integrated members of the multidisciplinary primary care team. They also completely recognised the need for dietitians to work differently in order to manage increasing demand as there will never be enough dietetic capacity to see everyone face to face in one to one consultations. Find out more about our work in primary care.


National Primary Care Conference

Lisa Williams, All Wales Nutrition Training Facilitator, Cardiff and Vale UHB & Chair of BDA Wales Board and Olivia Colleypreist, Paediatric Dietitian, Aneurin Bevan UHB attended the 3rd National Primary and Community Care Conference on 15 November 2018 to host the BDA Wales exhibition stand.

The conference focused on The Strategic Programme for Primary Care in Wales within the context of ‘A Healthier Wales’ and provided an opportunity to discuss with GPs and other stakeholders the role dietitians play in prevention  and early intervention and primary care services e.g. enabling people to self manage their long-term condition and reducing the need for referral to secondary care.

Find out more about the BDA Wales Board


Advancing Healthcare Awards - Northern Ireland

We attended the conference prior to the awards in 2018 to promote the dietetic workforce in Northern Ireland. We were delighted that three dietitians were shortlisted and on the night, Nikki Lyttle and team won the Department of Health award for transforming the workforce and then they were awarded overall winner! Find out more about their work Neonatal AHPs Aiding Holisitc Partnerships in the winner’s guide.


Nutrition Society Summer Conference

Getting Energy Balance Right in July 2018, was packed full of stimulating presentations covering topics from biochemistry and the role of gut microbes through to working with schools and local authorities. Judy Lawrence and members of the BDA Obesity Specialist Group got inspired, represented the profession and met with colleagues. Judy commented 'It was great to see so many female Professors presenting their work and to catch up with dietitians and nutritionist colleagues.



Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

RCGP materials imageWe engaged with the audience at Royal College of GP’s Annual Conference in 2017 and 2018 in Liverpool and Glasgow. Our purpose for attending was to promote the role of a dietitian, we made the case for GP's to collaborate with the dietetic workforce and the impact this can have!


We spoke with GPs about their experience of working with dietitians in primary care, and the difficulties they faced in accessing dietetic expertise. We were greatly encouraged to hear that many GPs were keen to work more closely with dietitians and will be taking forward work with the RCGP and others to develop case studies and highlight opportunities for dietitians to get involved in primary care.

This forms part of our wider work on developing the role of dietitians in primary care, and we need members to work with us on this important area. Find out more about our work in Primary Care.



International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)

IFSOLucy and Gillian from BDA Obesity Specialist Group attended the pre congress day to profile dietitians working in this field.

Gillian Galway commented

We attended the IFSO Pre-Congress course and represented the BDA Obesity Specialist Group. A good variety of topics were covered with many sessions of interest to dietitians such as bariatric surgery and type 2 diabetes, patient support and nutritional deficiencies. The event was well attended by dietitians and it was great to see a good turnout.