Member benefits

Membership Benefits

Being a member of the BDA membership community provides dietetic professionals with a bespoke range of vital benefits and services (worth over £2,000 per year) to support their day-to-day dietetic practice. Our membership offering provides affordable solutions to all your professional needs under one roof so you can focus on your daily pratice.

BDA members can access these benefits, services and resources in their My BDA area. BDA student members are provided with a tailored set of student-specific benefits.

If you are a dietitian, nutritionist, dietetic support worker or dietetic student not yet part of the vibrant BDA membership community, we invite you to see what's on offer below before joining us online.



Providing access to vital professional and educational resources to support all your evidence-based practice research needs:
PEN database
Food Fact Sheets
Manual of Dietetic Practice
Practice Guidance documents
Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics


Extensive CPD and networking opportunities are available via our specialist groups and branch network, providing valuable connections to colleagues in your local area, as well as those who share an interest in the same field to  learn from one another and  share best practice.

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As the only trade union solely representing those within the dietetic profession, we provide value for money through our HCPC-mandatory professional indemnity cover and legal representation for all practising members. Our support and cover is here for you when you need it most.


Benefits Overview / By Membership Category



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Top Valued Benefits

Members consistently rank these as the most valued BDA benefits and services provided as part of BDA membership


The BDA provides Professional Indemnity Insurance to eligible members. The following pages provide information and guidance on the insurance provision provided through BDA membership.

Trade Union & BDA Legal

Our Trade Union provides BDA full & associate members with bespoke, expert support and advice for any workplace issue they may face. Unlike some of the larger generalist Unions, the BDA Union has years of specialist experience representing the dietetic profession.


Unlimited access to the huge evidence-based PEN system (worth £360) is provided as part of BDA membership. PEN keeps dietetic professionals and students up-to-date with the evidence base and the fast-paced world of dietetics.

Specialist groups

BDA Specialist Groups offer the most current information, leadership, and expertise to members working or specialising in a professional area. Our specialist groups offer online discussion networks, ezine updates, expert professional knowledge, CPD events, specialist news, awards, bursaries, volunteer opportunities and more.

Local Branch community

BDA Branches support members at a local level by providing excellent low cost, high quality CPD and networking events in their local areas.

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Dietetics Today

The Official BDA members magazine, providing latest BDA and professional news, a clinical section, department focus, member case studies and pilots, volunteer corner, CPD reflection questions, upcoming courses and events, and much more.

Our e-zines

We provide our BDA member community with useful regular e-zines to keep them informed and aware of the latest news, views and research across the profession. 

The Manual

Now in its sixth edition, the bestselling BDA Manual of Dietetic Practice covers the entire dietetics curriculum, and is a core text for healthcare professionals to develop their expertise and specialist skills in the realm of dietetic practice. BDA Members get a 35% discount.

Promoting yourself

As a BDA member, you can use the 'BDA Member logo' (for your category of membership) to promote yourself and your profession, and demonstrate that you support the aims of the BDA and abide by the code of conduct.

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Professional resources/benefits 

The Model and Process

The implementation of The Model and Process for Nutrition and Dietetic Practice (abbreviated to ‘Model and Process’) by the dietetic workforce is crucial as it supports consistent, high quality practice with the service user at the centre of any intervention.

Policy and Position Statements

These evidence-based and referenced policy and position statements clearly articulate the BDA’s position on a range of important topics; from breastfeeding to low carbohydrate diets for the management of diabetes.