Associate Members

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) supports the whole dietetic workforce, including vital dietetic support staff.

BDA Associate membership is for:

  • Dietetic Support Workers and Dietetic Assistants (NHS Band 5 or above, or NHS Band 4 or below) working under the direct supervision of a dietitian in the UK
  • Registrants of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register - SENr (UK or International)

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 NB:  For SENr (UK and International) membership you must complete the application process for joining SENr and be approved before your BDA Associate membership can be confirmed.



Associate Membership

Our Associate members receive a large majority of the benefits and services BDA Full Members receive, but at a fraction of the cost (less than 1/2 price).

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Associate - Dietetic Support Worker/Dietetic Assistant NHS Band 5 or above, or nutritionists working under the direct supervision of a dietitian. 

£151.25 £13 £163.75
Associate - Dietetic Support Worker/Dietetic Assistant NHS Band 4 or below £102.75 £9 £108.75

Associate SENr - SENr registrant (UK and International)

£145 N/A £145

Please Note: If you are eligible for registration with the HCPC through UK training and education, you will not be eligible for Associate membership and must become a BDA Full member.

Why is BDA Membership vital to dietetic support staff?

  • Receive key tools and resources to help you in your vital roles. 
  • Great value for money! Membership is less than half price for Associates and this also includes your vital Trade Union cover, protection and representation.
  • Opportunities to network with peers and experts via BDA local Branch and
  • Access to our 17 Specialist Groups for CPD, resources, networking and more.
  • Access discounted CED courses to help with your professional development.
  • Keep informed with Dietetics Today official members magazine and our monthly e-zines bringing latest news, activities and campaigns.
  • Show your commitment to the profession - being a BDA member is often a sought after requirement from employees.

Why join the BDA?

Here's what our existing Associate members said:

I find it invaluable to have a sense of belonging to a wider dietetic network. The BDA has core values and standards that I identify with, which gives my practice credibility and professional fulfilment. There are many benefits and rewards with the BDA membership, currently my favourite being - 35% off BDA publications. Indemnity insurance and legal advice give me peace of mind and assurance of existing support if needed. I also enjoy free membership of my local BDA branch attending interesting CPD activities with excellent speakers.  You may find it strange but yes - dietetics is my adrenaline! 

Magdalena Kot - Dietetic Assistant Practitioner, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

Being new to the field of Dietetics, I initially joined as a BDA associate member to learn about the BDA and to be part of a trade union. I now really value the DSW courses, member resources and the Dietetics Today magazine to keep me up-to-date on topical areas. And it has been great talking to other DSW/DAs about their experiences.

Natasha Morris is your Support Worker Rep on BDA Council - find out more about Natasha, including her top 4 benefits of having BDA Associate Membership.

Bespoke Benefits 

Associate members are provided with a large majority of the bespoke set of resources, information and benefits available to our dietitian members in order to support you throughout your vital roles. 

These include Professional Indemnity Insurance, a free unlimited access to PEN (worth £220), the Journal HND Online, monthly copies of Dietetics Today, free legal advice, access to Specialist Groups & local Branches for events and networking, 35% off the Manual of Dietetic Practice and BDA book series, and much more!

Career Pathways

Check out the different options for progressing your career as a Dietetic Support Worker or an Assistant Practitioner, including the BDA's Dietetic Support Worker Award, the new Assistant Practitioner Curriculum, and DSW and Assistant Practitioner roles and frameworks.

You can also keep your CPD up to date by attending one of the BDA's many CED Courses, or see the pathway for becoming a Dietitian.


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As a member of the BDA, you are also covered and represented by the BDA's expert Trade Union. If you work in the NHS, your workplace will have a fully trained Trade Union representative for you to liaise with should you have any issues in the workplace. Alternatively find out more about the Union and contact us directly.


Promote Yourselves!

Why not think about showcasing your work and achievements by writing an article in Dietetics Today or applying for one of the BDA's prestigious awards


Join Social Conversations

social media imageA great way to network and stay in touch with your colleagues and peers is to get involved in useful online professional discussions. Check out the new DSW/DA/Student Members Forum and contribute to a discussion or start your own thread.

Also help to promote your profession on social media. If you're new to Social Media, why not read our Professional Social Media Guidance to ensure you're up-to-date before starting.