Celebrating the impact and value of Dietitians
This Dietitians Week (20-24 June), we’re encouraging all BDA members to talk about their role, what they do and how they make a difference. Help us raise the voice and visibility of Dietitians to show the value and impact you make every day.
Know your worth. Show your worth.
These are the key messages we want to share this Dietitians Week:
Dietitians and the dietetic workforce make a vital contribution to health across many different specialisms and healthcare settings
There is no ‘average’ Dietitian
Those working in the dietetic profession provide care and support for patients with long term and chronic conditions, as well as playing a significant role in prevention and public health
Dietitians and the dietetic workforce support patients at every life stage from paediatric to older people and everything in between
Through evidence-based research Dietitians and the dietetic workforce contribute to our understanding of health conditions and health improvement
There is greater understanding of how Dietitians and the dietetic workforce contribute to patient and population health but there’s still a long way to go
Doing a great job is important, and letting people know about it is equally important. Why should people trust a Dietitian if they don’t know what they do? This is why I always get involved with Dietitians Week — we are amazing and I want people to know it.
Long Li, Teaching Fellow in Dietetics at University of Surrey and Treasurer of BDA Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Specialist Group
How can you get involved?
In the workplace
- Why not get your colleagues in other professions, across AHPs and within MDTs involved in Dietitians Week? Use your physical Dietitians Week resource packs and spread the message about what Dietitians do within your workplaces!
- Why not get in touch with your NHS Trust’s communications team and do a Twitter or Instagram ‘takeover’ for a day, showcasing what Dietitians do? Other members have managed this in previous years and it has been hugely successful in raising awareness of the great work Dietitians do!
On social media
- We have lots of activity planned on the BDA’s social channels during the week such as 'All that a Dietitian thinks about when seeing patients', the wide variety of areas the dietetic workforce works in, including innovative career areas, and much more!
- Get involved across your social platforms throughout the week and share what the profession does to your friends, family and wider networks. Please use the hashtags #WhatDietitiansDo #DW2022 and we will share your content. Search #DW2021 on Twitter to get inspired by last year's activity.
Last year during Dietitian’s Week I was active on social media viewing content shared by Dietitians and students which inspired me to begin my own Dietetics journey. I am now a first year RD2B and have recently created the Nutrition and Dietetics Society at Leeds Beckett University. I hope to work with my peers for Dietitians Week 2022 and raise more awareness of the profession through our social media platforms to inspire others.
Fatimah Khathun, First Year BSc Dietetics Student at Leeds Beckett University
As an individual
My role in a photo
- We want to showcase the breadth of what Dietitians do, so please prepare and share a photo of you that represents a day in the life of a Dietitian, dietetic assistant or dietetic student and we will showcase/share these across our platforms during Dietitians Week.
- Please post or share your photo on social on Monday or Tuesday of Dietitians Week tagging the BDA or using the Dietitians Week hashtags and we will collate all photos to share on Friday.
My role in a GIF/video
- Any budding videographers out there who are able to produce a short video clip or GIF to illustrate their role - please do, we’d love to see and share them!
- Please post or share on social on Monday or Tuesday of Dietitians Week tagging the BDA or using the Dietitians Week hashtags and we will collate all entries to share on Friday.
Dietitians Week is always a monumental week in our calendars as it gives our profession a fantastic platform to highlight the important work we do all year round. In University Hospitals of Leicester we have a large team working across many specialisms, we feel it is imperative to highlight that we do not work in isolation but recognise that we are part of a much wider MDT family to provide first class patient care. With our population facing the biggest cost of living crisis potentially of our time this Dietitians Week we will focus on eating on a budget, cost effective meal planning, myth busting fad diets as well as promoting the amazing work our team do on a daily basis.
Cathy Steele, Dietetic Manager, University Hospitals of Leicester
As a BDA group or branch
We want all of our wonderful and diverse specialist group committee volunteers and members to get involved in Dietitians Week.
- Please showcase the impact and value of the amazing work you do across your wide ranging and diverse specialist areas. Are there unique areas you work in, that your AHP colleagues or the wider public might not be aware of? Can you highlight and share this to showcase the diverse skills and expertise the dietetic workforce has?
- Please showcase how you positively influence within and across your regional areas through CPD, networking and events. Please do get in touch with us to share your plans for this Dietitians Week.
As a BDA Country Board
- BDA Boards across all four nations, please do showcase how you represent nationally, the interests of the profession and members to key stakeholders, such as government departments and other professionals; and represent the members in those countries at UK level. Please do get in touch with us to share your plans for this Dietitians Week.
Last year we used the week to highlight our teams, the different routes into the profession and the variety of roles. This year we will be focusing on our new services within our health board as well as working with our Dietetic students to highlight Dietetics as a profession.
Bethan Phillips, Clinical Lead Dietitian, Swansea Bay University Health Board Nutrition and Dietetics department
2022 will see the return of the Dietitians Week branded packs. The deadline for ordering these has now passed, but we will be adding printable resources for you to use here soon, so please keep checking back.
If you would like a pack sent out to you but you missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will see if we can help.