Associate Members - Dietetic Support Workers & SENr
The BDA is the largest association of food and nutrition professionals in the UK, and our Associate members play a crucial role in supporting the dietetic profession. We have almost 350 Associate members within membership in order to better promote and help raise the professional standards of the role, and these include:
- Dietetic Support Workers and Dietetic Assistants (NHS Band 5 or above, or NHS Band 4 or below)
- Registrants of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register - SENr (UK or International)
Click to join as an Associate Member online today.
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 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).
Direct Debit (12 installments)
|Direct Debit (single)||Card Payment|
Associate - Dietetic Support Worker/Dietetic Assistant NHS Band 5 or above
|Associate - Dietetic Support Worker/Dietetic Assistant NHS Band 4 or below||£8.50||£99.25||£105|
Associate - SENr registrant (UK and International)
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 a Support Worker?
- It provides dietetic support staff with 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.
- You have opportunities to network with peers and experts via Branch and Group events.
- You can access discounted CED courses to help with your professional development.
- Dietetics Today and our monthly e-zine keep you up-to-date with the latest news, activities and campaigns your professional body and trade union are undertaking to promote the profession.
- Being a member of your professional body is often a sought after requirement from employees.
Why join the BDA?
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.
DSW's and DA's 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!
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.
As a member of the BDA, not only do you receive all the support, advice and benefits from your professional body, but 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 the Union directly.
Your Rep on BDA Council
Associate members are represented on BDA Council by Eleanor Claxton. Eleanor is keen to promote joining the BDA to support workers and help to raise the profile of support workers around the UK. She is looking forward to hearing from existing Associate members with their suggestions, ideas, and other ways the BDA can further help support you in your vital day-to-day roles. Why not get in touch with Eleanor to ask any questions or provide your feedback, or tweet her @DieteticSupport.
It's important that our 8,500 members of the wider profession are aware of the great work being undertaken, and challenges being faced and overcome by Dietetic Assistants and Support Workers UK-wide. 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
A 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.
Help Us Grow
The more dietetic support worker and assistant practitioner members the BDA has, the stronger our collective voice is in supporting and representing your vital role within the profession.
If you have any dietetic support worker friends or colleagues who have yet to consider becoming a member of their professinal body and Trade Union, why not encourage them to join us and help grow our collective influence within the sector. They can join easily online at any time of year.