Membership Benefits

As your professional body and trade union, we’re committed to providing you with real value for money for your membership. That’s why we’ve worked hard to provide you with tangible bespoke benefits and services (worth over £1,600) to cater for your professional needs. These benefits and services cover a wide range of areas including representative and legal, education and professional development, resources, promotion, events and saving you money.  If you are a BDA member, please login so you can access all your benefits.

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What else we do for our members..

Alongside the tangible benefits, we’re also well aware of the ongoing challenges our members face in their day to day dietetic roles, so have prioritised our resources in order to ensure we continue to effectively support members across our vital work areas, including:

  • Lobbying key stakeholders to make professional aspirations a reality and push professional boundaries. For example: Dietitians being able to prescribe medications (as per agreed protocols).
  • Promoting the profession via national awareness-raising campaigns such as Trust a Dietitian and creating the annual Dietitians Week.
  • Driving demand for and highlighting the value of dietetics politically across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Reducing the threat from non-regulated nutritional therapists and those calling themselves similar by promoting the importance of always using a HCPC registered Dietitian.
  • Protecting dietetic jobs and service provision amidst ongoing challenges facing the NHS.
  • Fighting and ballot for fairer pay within the NHS via the BDA’s dedicated Trade Union team.
  • And much more

Check out some of our core activities in 2015

A bit more about our benefits and services....

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Professional Indemnity Insurance is part of BDA membership and provides suitable (and essential) liability cover for dietitians in their day to day roles. This cover, alongside robust industrial relations support through the Trade Union ensures completely independent and personalised support and cover.  Find out more about BDA Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Legal Support and Advice

The BDA is both your Professional Body and your Trade Union which means we have a dedicated team of Union experts on hand to assist you across a range of areas and ultimately exists to represent and support you throughout your working life. The BDA has also partnered with Thompsons Solicitors, the UK's largest employment rights law firm, to provide members with 24/7 legal support and advice. Read more about BDA legal support & advice.

Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN)

Access the dynamic evidence-based international resource which is invaluable for your day to day roles and is complimentary for the duration of your BDA membership (usually costing £390.00 per year). Find out more about PEN

Representing the Profession

The BDA represents the profession with one voice for the best interests of its members to national organisations, stakeholders and partners and to influence and lobby government policy. BDA members can highlight their professional body membership by using the BDA logo (Full Members only) and Trust a Dietitian (TAD) logo. Read more about how the BDA respresents the profession and how members can promote themselves (BDA members only)


In addition to receiving the BDA monthly magazine Dietetics Today (DT) by post, BDA members can also read DT digitally here including unseen features and articles. Access DT Online

BDA members can access online editions of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (JHND) including many archived articles and features. Read more

Up to 35% discount on the Manual of Dietetic Practice and other nutrition and dietetic manuals from Wiley publications. Read more

Read latest editions and archived copies of the BDA's monthly members only e-newsletters: Members' Monthly - the latest professional and BDA news, events and activities and Circulate UK - policy and practice information. Sign up and access BDA e-newsletters