This page aims to highlight examples of some of the influencing work being undertaken by the BDA and its members and hopefully inspire you to have a go yourself. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and you can find more examples on the individual campaign pages.
Collaborating and Campaigning
The BDA frequently takes public stands on important issues, either alone or alongside partners.
- The BDA has supported the work of the Obesity Health Alliance in England, Obesity Alliance Cymru in Wales and Scottish Obesity Alliance in Scotland to push all three government's to take bold action to support people with obesity.
- We supported our allies in BAPEN and the Malnutrition Task Force with their first two Malnutrition Awareness Weeks in October 2018 and 2019.
- We worked alongside colleagues from other Allied Health Professional Bodies to oppose HCPC's decision to increase fees by 18%. This has been successful in leading to a review of the decision.
- In 2017 and 2018, we worked with the MHRA on their Fake Meds campaign, aiming to discourage people from purchasing diet pills online.
- Worked alongside BAPEN and others to highlight concerns about the impact of a potential no-deal Brexit on the provision of specialist nutrition products.
- We are currently a part of the panel for the independent review of hospital food.
You can see more of our day-to-day media engagement in issues of Dietetics Today.
Engaging with politicians at Westminster, the devolved governments or at a local level:
- Katie Elwig represented the BDA on the APPG on Fit and Healthy Childhood, speaking on the topic of nutrition in the first 1000 days.
- Joyce Thompson represented the BDA at the Scottish Sports and Science Committee inquiry into the Health and Care Staffing Bill.
- Our former Head of External Affairs, Jo Instone, represented us on the Scottish Health and Sport committee inquiry into Primary Care.
- BDA members Annabel Gipp and Dr Amelia Lake gave evidence to the Commons Science and Technology committee's inquiry into energy drink consumption in children.
- Hilda Mulrooney, alongside Prof Pinki Sahota represented the BDA in giving evidence to the APPG on Obesity.
- In October 2017 Oncology specialist dietitain Lucy Elridge presented to the Food and Health Forum meeting on the issue of Nutrition and Cancer.
- Dietitian Jen Low presented on the topic of fad diets to the All Party Food and Health Forum at the Houses of Parliament.
- Alison Smith, chair of the BDA's Older People Specialist Group appeared before an All Party Parliamentary Group inquiry into Malnutrition in End of Life Care.
The BDA is a member of the All Party Food and Health Forum and APPG on Fit and Healthy Childhood and tries to attend meetings and speak at as many as possible. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings on behalf of the BDA, get in touch.
If you think there's an All Party or Cross Party Group that the BDA should be involved in, let us know. There are dozens of these groups and many will have relevance to diet and nutrition.