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What dietitians do

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Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level. They work with both healthy and sick people. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance for people to make appropriate choices. In addition, their title ‘dietitian’ is the only food and nutrition title that is protected by law for added public confidence. Find out more.


Why commission or contract dietetic services?

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Many dietitians are involved in highlighting and driving demand for nutrition and dietetic services across the UK, demonstrating why these services are vital to the health of the nation, while coming in on an increasingly limited budget that is accountable at all levels, while always following a patient-first approach. Read more about what dietitians do. Some commissioners, and those who contract nutrition and dietetic services, can sometimes have limited or a conceptualised knowledge of the role of a dietitian beyond that of obesity and diabetes. This can lead to an undervaluing of dietitians' input and they are less likely to reap the rewards of commissioning or contracting nutrition and dietetic services, not least of all when it comes to delivering excellence against the backdrop of limited budgets and resources. Read about why commissioning and/or contracting nutrition and dietetic service can make a real positive diffrence and its cost benefits.


BDA policies and key facts

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The BDA is the leading organisation in nutrition and dietetics in the UK. Our expert members develop policy in a range of fields including health policy, nutrition policy and practice and dietetics. These evidence-based and referenced policy statements are available to policy makers, the public, media and BDA members to provide clear statements of the BDA’s position on a range of important topics. In addition, the BDA has also developed a series of Key Fact information sheets designed to raise awareness of the work of dietitians and highlight their varied roles in different speciality areas.