The BDA is the largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals in the UK with almost 9,000 members. We are both a professional body and trade union representing the professional, educational, public and workplace interests of our members.
With approximately 80% of all HCPC registered dietitians within BDA membership, there’s never been a better time to consider joining your professional body and trade union.
Together, we’re stronger. As the more members we have, the stronger our collective voice is in representing, protecting and promoting our dietetic profession.
If you are keen to share your enthusiasm, knowledge and experience and help to promote dietitians and the dietetic profession, then joining the BDA is a great place to start. We invite you to join over 7,300 other registered dietitian's in becoming a member by meeting the following criteria:
- you need to be, or have been, eligible for registration as a dietitian in the UK, and
- be either currently registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), previously registered, or can demonstrate that you are eligible through education and training in the UK.
Join online now
Join us as a FULL UK-based member online. Please note, if you have been a BDA member in the past, simply re-join us, as the system will regonsise you when you enter your personal details.
|Full Member||Direct debit (12 monthly installments)||Direct debit (single payment)||Credit/debit card|
Full (UK) join online
|Full (Surface mail or EU inc ROI)||£29||£339.50||£350.50|
Are you based overseas?
If you are eligible to join as a full member but are based overseas, you can download, complete and return this membership application form. A direct debit form is also available.
Are you a new graduate?
If you are a newly graduated student member you can upgrade to BDA Full Membership straight away. Simply log in to your My BDA personal profile area to renew your membership, choosing the Full Member category drop down as you go through the renewal process.
Ensuring you are covered to practice
As a registered dietitian, it is essential you are covered with Professional Indemnity Insurance. Since 2014 this insurance became a mandatory requirement of the HCPC. If you practise without cover, you will be breaking the law.
Your employer may well cover you, but it is important to highlight that they will not support you if they are the ones bringing the action against you. If, for example they deem you to have breached your contract with them, through negligence, or practicing outside your scope or job description, your employer can sue you for damages in the same way you can sue them.
Your BDA membership provides protection from the dangers of action being instigated by the employer against the practitioner as BDA membership includes professional indemnity insurance alongside robust industrial relations support through the Trade Union. This ensures completely independent and personalised support and cover.
Have your circumstances changed?
To support our members as best we can throughout your varied careers, we've developed two heavily subsidised membership options for existing Full Members (only) to transfer onto should your circumstances change. Please read the criteria carefully before applying to move onto these categories.
At the time of registering with the HCPC, dietitians tick to confirm that they either;
- have a professional indemnity insurance arrangement in place which provides appropriate cover to practice" or
- that they are not practising at the time of the HCPC renewal, but understand the requirement to have a professional indemnity arrangement in place which provides appropriate cover, and will ensure this is in place when they next practice.
Please be aware of this HCPC requirement should you move on to the Non Practising or Retired category below.
Non-Practising Category - Are you no longer practising?
Introduced to enable existing Full Members to retain BDA membership and keep up-to-date with current information whilst taking a break from working and any paid salary. Unfortunately this category is not available to members taking maternity leave.
This non-practising category does not include Professional Indemnity Insurance. Therefore if you do return to practice, the HCPC requires professional indemnity insurance so you will be required to transfer back to BDA Full membership immediately.
Direct debit (12 instalments)
|Direct debit (single payment)||Card/cheque payment|
|Non-Practising (Intl surface mail inc ROI)||£12.50||£142.50||£148.50|
To apply to be a Non-Practising Member please complete this Non Practice Form with a brief explanation of your circumstances to ensure you meet the criteria detailed above. Please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 200 8080 for any further details.
Retired Category - Are you retiring from the profession?
Introduced to enable those existing Full Members no longer registered with the HCPC who no longer intend to work, to retain their BDA membership and keep up-to-date with current dietetic news.
Direct debit (12 instalments)
|Direct debit (single payment)||Card/cheque|
|Retired (EU Surface mail)||£12.50||£142.50||£149|
To apply to be a Retired Member please simply contact the BDA via email with a brief explanation of your change in circumstance and any necessary proof you meet the criteria detailed above. Contact us at: email@example.com or call 0121 200 8080.