When I have a diet or nutrition article to write, my first point of call is always the BDA. I know they have a great selection of registered dietitians and that whoever the Press Office put me in touch with will be an expert and have a deep understanding of diet and nutrition. The BDA is also very quick to put me in touch with people, which is brilliant for a journalist as you are often up against deadlines.
- Siobhan Harris, Freelance Journalist
All our spokespeople are qualified dietitians - the only legally regulated nutrition professionals in the UK.
We have nothing to sell, we just want to provide you with evidence-based advice!
All our spokespeople are media trained.
We have experts on everything from skin health, to weight loss to mental health.
We know you are busy, so we work hard to meet the needs and timescales of the journalists we work with.
BDA spokespeople work primarily on a voluntary basis, allowing us to respond to the vast majority of enquiries for FREE. Occasionally, work which requires substantial time and work from our spokespeople may inccur a fee.
The titles ‘dietitian’ and ‘dietician’ are both recognised in the eyes of the law (as the title is legally protected, unlike any other food/nutrition title). However, in the UK, and the majority of countries around the world, the profession spells the title with a ‘T’ i.e. ‘dietitian’.
YES. Only those registered with the statutory regulator, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) can use the title of dietitian/registered dietitian (RD).
Please note the titles ‘nutritionist’, ‘nutritional therapist’ and ‘diet expert’ are NOT protected and can be used by anyone regardless of training and/or qualification.
The minimum requirement is a BSc Hons in Dietetics, or a related science degree with a postgraduate diploma or higher degree in Dietetics.
Dietetic courses are structured to include biochemistry, physiology, applied sciences and research methods which underpin nutrition and dietetics. These are complemented by social and behavioural sciences and the theories of communication to support the development of skills required for professional dietetic practice.
All courses require a period of supervised practice including NHS settings, where an individual must demonstrate clinical and professional competence before being eligible to apply for registration.
The BDA is also responsible for designing the curriculum for the profession.
Courses must be approved by the HCPC and demonstrate that graduates meet the Standards of Proficiency for Dietetics.
The HCPC’s role is to protect the public. It is an independent, UK-wide health regulator. It currently sets standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 14 professions. The HCPC keeps a current register of health professionals who meet its standards and takes action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. Registered professionals must keep up-to-date through compulsory Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
If an individual is not happy with treatment they are given, or if they are worried about the behaviour or health of a dietitian, they can approach the HCPC who will investigate and take action.
By checking the HCPC online register.
Our press office is open weekdays 9-5.