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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. 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, see what's on offer below before joining us online.

Benefits Overview / By Membership Category



NEW 2020/21 Benefits

NEW BDA App Library

NEW Health App finder for BDA members: use this trusted library of health and care apps as an additional digital resource within your daily practice, to search, download and recommend apps to patients/clients.

Promoting yourself

Members can use the NEW 'BDA Member logo' (for their category of membership) to promote yourselves and your profession, and that you support the aims of the BDA and abide by the code of conduct.

Top Valued Benefits

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

Professional Insurance

IMPORTANT UPDATE - Due to recent changes in the insurance market, largely due to the impact of Brexit, your PII policy cover has changed. Read more about this update and how this may affect you. PII is provided as part of BDA membership, covering dietetic practice for clients based in the UK for up to £20million in aggregate for the membership year. Access your insurance documentation and proof of annual cover.

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 £390) 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 21 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.

Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics

The high impact factor BDA Journal, is an international peer-reviewed journal that provides the latest research, reviews, practice guidelines and discussion papers across the fields of nutrition and dietetics. Free online with BDA membership, small charge for printed copies.

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.*

Professional resources/benefits 

Model and Process for Nutrition and Dietetic Practice

The BDA Model and Process for Nutrition and Dietetic Practice (MPNDP) outlines and describes a consistent process that dietitians follow in any intervention with: individuals, groups or populations. This is an important professional tool to facilitate members to provide a consistent quality of care.

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.

IDDSI: The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative framework

Access useful tools and resources as part of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative framework.