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Keep up to date with the latest goings on of our Dietetic Workforce Development Programme:

August

August saw a number of exciting updates across each project in our Dietetic Workforce Development Programme.

This month we launched our Future Dietitian survey which will be circulated to members until October. If you’d like to help us review the progress we’ve made against the recommendations in the 2015 Future Dietitian Report, complete our survey here.

Work steamed ahead on our education projects! We excitingly finalised branding on our Practice-based Learning project and continued to plan and produce resources for the project. We also finalised our International Placement Guidance. Alongside, our exciting Practice-based Learning work we also circulated our survey to HEIs on the feasibility of a Common Assessment Tool and received a brilliant response. We began to scope the needs of international recruits, identified the opportunities and challenges of international dietetic recruitment and continued our conversations with NHS managers and employers as part of our project to develop dietetic resources to support the education, scope of practice and pastoral guidance of international recruits.  

Work on driving improvements in EDI within pre-registration and careers continued as we identified a BDA EDI lead, finalised designs on exciting resources for the project which will launch soon and continued discussions with relevant contacts.

We advertised our reference group to BDA members as part of our Advanced Practice project and met with the HEE Advanced Practice conference lead to discuss our presence on the day – watch this space for your invite soon! Along with this, we began to draft exciting and helpful resources for the project which we will be sharing with members over the coming months.

Discussions were held with dietitians as part of our Primary Care project where we were able to establish the resources needed to support those working in or wanting to work in Primary Care and a communications plan was developed to help promote this project.

As part of our dietetic digital innovation project, we developed and designed a training package for pilot sites and met with some of the sites and will be meeting with others over the next couple of months.

Our specific support workforce project saw us establish a forum to facilitate collaboration and cooperation for those involved in the project, we set in stone our ongoing meetings with the project lead, held our first project team meeting, met with the BDA Trade Union to discuss job profiles and continued on with our collection and analysis of background information.

As part of our work with the BDA Mental Health Specialist Group we sent out our survey to those working in mental health settings. As well as this our work with the BDA Paediatric Neonatal Specialist Sub-Group saw us send a survey on their behalf too, where we scoped the training needs of those working with neonatal patients.

Finally, as part of our work to advance research and practice opportunities within dietetics we continued to gather case studies of those who have had non-traditional placement experiences, completed our project work plan and finalised our communications strategy.


July

Throughout July our work on our survey to review the progress against the recommendations in the 2025 Future Dietitian report continued as we sent the finalised draft through our internal channels to be signed off.

We worked on the development of resources and a new web section for our Practice-based Learning project, where we continued to collect relevant content, reviewed the content of other AHP innovative methods, finalised our communications plan and shared it with our internal BDA communications team. We also finalised our survey on the feasibility of a Common Assessment Tool and continued on with our paperwork to ensure the project is delivered in time. Alongside this, as part of our dedication to driving improvements in EDI within pre-registration careers, we began discussions with other AHP education leads on the available resources that can be shared. Work continued on our communications plan to ensure that we are promoting the dietetic roles across NHS and Social Care services and as part of our dedication to developing exemplar dietetic careers and best practice, we continued to attend and participate in HEE’s preceptorship working group and we began to formulate ideas for case studies for the project.

Our work on advanced practice career progression resources saw us hold our first meeting with the project lead and we began our internal monitoring of the project to ensure we continue to work to our deadlines. We also agreed on our project plan and project lead for our Primary Care project and began to advertise working groups to help us establish required resources for the project and for those working in or hiring those working in Primary Care.

We continued our recruitment process to find a project lead as part of our Return to Practice project. We also supported our project lead with information of the work stream as part of our dietetic resources to support the education, scope of practice and pastoral guidance of international recruits, we also continued our conversations with NHS mangers and employers to support the project.

As part of our work to support the dietetic support workforce we appointed a subject matter expert and a project lead. We also organised our first expert meeting group, closed our survey which received 500 responses and continued to gather our background information to support the project.

Our work with both the Neonatal Specialist Sub-Group and the Mental Health Specialist Group, saw us identify project leads to undertake the work.

Gantt chart production and communications planning continued as part of our project to advancing research and practice opportunities. We drafted our advert to hear from learners that have been on non-traditional placement experiences including research.


June

June saw the BDA agree on the finalised draft of our Future Dietitian survey where we will review our progress against the recommendations made in the 2025 Future Dietitian report as we now at the half way point. 

Our work on supporting the education and training of those wanting to become a dietitian saw us begin to collect relevant and exciting new content for our new web section. We reviewed the work of other AHP bodies and began working on our own innovative methods document. Alongside this we finalised our communications plan for the upcoming Practice-based Learning project where we will be launching a whole new range of resources for learners and lecturers on Practice-based Learning. We also produced another communications plan as part of our exciting work on promoting roles across the NHS and Social Care Services. We identified a project lead as part of our development of resources to support the education, scope of practice and pastoral guidance for international recruits. Progress for this project includes; linking in with HEE, reviewing existing guidance from HCPC and opening up conversations with NHS managers and employers. 

Alongside this work we met with HEI and practice educator groups to discuss content for a feasibility report on a Common Assessment Tool for learners that undertake Practice-based Learning. We also attended a HEE workshop and a HEE preceptorship working group in order to begin our work on reviewing the implementation of the BDA Preceptorship guidance. As part of this work, we have reviewed our existing documents and met with relevant internal BDA staff and began to review our methodologies for this project.                                                                                                                      
Work began on our Return to Practice project, where we developed our Gantt chart planning and began the project lead recruitment process. Work also started on our project to ensure that we are supporting the Dietetic Support Workforce as much we possibly can. As part of this project, we have established our project lead, began our survey promotion for the project and continued to gather background information from the four nations. 
We’ve found our project leads and our work on projects where we will be raising awareness of first contact practitioner roles and advanced practitioners. We also began to plan for our webinar on writing PASS Statements which is planned for July and we continued conversations on standardised language terms and continued to link with other professionals regarding this. 

We also attended a HEI workshop on diversity and began discussions with other AHP education leads on the available resources that can be shared as part of our work on EDI within pre-registration and careers. 

Work on neonatal education and our dietitians in mental health services projects began. We established our project leads and began Gantt chart development for both projects. Along with these projects we also began developing our Gantt chart for our advancing research project and completed preliminary activities and paper work.