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What are Alliances?

Working in non-commercial partnership, or alliance, with other professional bodies, consumer groups, health charities or food interest groups is important to the BDA and we very much value this work and collaborative approach. This way of working is of benefit to the Association as it establishes us as an organisation willing to lobby and share the expertise of our members to influence the food and nutrition agenda, and identifies us as a trusted voice in the food and nutrition sector.

The BDA often needs to work with other partners to develop an innovative scientific approach, to challenge aspects of government or food industry practice, to identify the risk of withdrawal of resources or to draw attention to new opportunities for improving nutrition and health. These alliances must be aligned with the BDA’s Aims and Strategic Plan, and promote the dietetic profession and the Association. 

Alliances Ethos

  • The BDA is committed to improving the health of the population and promoting healthy, nutritious food and sustainable lifestyles. This creates the context within which any acceptable collaboration might take place.
  • The BDA will support partnerships and coalitions that promote positive health messages and/or challenge factors that prevent this e.g. child poverty, inequitable access to care.
  • Health messages must be consistent with BDA policy


For more information on developing an alliance with the BDA, contact the BDA Public Affairs team at or on 0121 200 8080.

Current Alliances

Allied Health Professions Federation 

The Allied Health Professions Federation's mission is to provide collective AHP leadership and representation to influence national policy and guidance at a strategic level

The overall purpose of the AHPF is to promote inter-professional working enabling Allied Health Professionals to provide high-quality care for patients and their carers across the whole of the health and social care sectors. The AHPF is a UK wide organisation and has management boards in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The AHPF Boards work to a shared agenda with delivery activity tailored to the unique context offered by each country.


Arthritis and Muscluloskeletal Alliance (ARMA)


The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) is the umbrella body for the arthritis and musculoskeletal community in the UK, with a mission to transform the quality of life of people with musculoskeletal conditions. There are over 40 member organisations ranging from specialised support groups for rare diseases to major research charities and national professional bodies.


British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR)


BACPR is a membership organisation representing and serving the needs of all professionals involved in cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation. As an affiliated group of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS). Its membership consisting of an array of disciplines involved in cardiovascular health, including: nurses, physiotherapists, cardiologists, GPs, dietitians, psychologists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists and exercise instructors.

Our mission statement is to support health professionals in the development, delivery and assessment of evidence-based, individualized programmes of prevention and rehabilitation which have been appropriately funded and which are accessed both by individuals with established Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and those with significant CVD risk factors.


British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) 

BAPEN is a Charitable Association that raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community. BAPEN brings together the strengths of its Core Groups to raise awareness and understanding of malnutrition in all settings and provides education, advice and resources to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community.

The BDA Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Group (PENG) is one of BAPEN’s six Core Groups.

Read our Memorandum of Understanding with BAPEN


British Inherited Metabolic Diseases Group (BIMDG) 

The BIMDG is a registered charity that aims to educate healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of inherited metabolic disease, and support and promote research in this area. 

Dietitians play a key role in supporting people living with IMD, which include conditions such as phenylketonuria (PKU), Wilson's Disease and Cystinosis. Dietary change is often a vital part of treatment and management of these patient groups. Our Memorandum of Understanding commits us to closer collaboration for the benefit of patients and healthcare professionals. 


British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS)


BOMSS is a professional society of surgeons involved in obesity management. Membership of the Society includes medical professionals and allied health professionals including specialist nurses, dietitians, and psychologists. BOMSS aims to promote the development of high-quality centres for obesity surgery, to educate and train future obesity surgeons and practitioners and to guide commissioning and policy for the use of obesity surgery in the UK.

BDA members are already closely involved in the work of BOMSS and our Memorandum of Understanding builds on those existing strong relationships.


Community Rehab Alliance


The CRA was first formed in March 2019 as a coalition of the willing to raise the profile of community rehabilitation services and the "Right to Rehab". The Alliance published a report, Community Rehabilitation: Live Well for Longer in February 2020. Alliance members include fellow AHP bodies such as the CSP and RCOT, as well as ARMA, which the BDA is already a member of.

The BDA joined the Alliance in September 2020, with the aim of ensuring dietetics is clearly featured as an important part of community rehabilitation, especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Eating Better

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'Eating Better: for a fair, green, healthy future’ is a broad alliance working together to help people move towards eating less meat and more food that’s better for us and the planet, as part of the vital task of creating sustainable food and farming systems.

Eating Better encourages a culture which places greater value on the food we eat, the animals that provide it and the people who produce it.  Eating Better supports farmers who produce meat in a sustainable way. 


Faculty of Public Health 

The FPH is a joint faculty of the three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (London, Edinburgh and Glasgow) and also a member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. It's aims are to promote for the public benefit the advancement of knowledge in the field of public health, fevelop public health with a view to maintaining the highest possible standards of professional competence and practice, and act as an authoritative body for the purpose of consultation and advocacy in matters of educational or public interest concerning public health.

The BDA and FPH have agreed to work together jointly on communications and public health campaigns, and encourage dietitians to get intolved with the work of the Faculty. 


Food Train - Eat Well Age Well 

Food Train is a registered charity, voluntary organisation and social enterprise. Since 1995 Food Train has been making daily life easier for older people, providing vital services to those who are no longer able to manage independently.

Eat Well Age Well (EWAW) is a national project tackling malnutrition in older people living at home in Scotland.

The BDA are currently working with the Scottish Government and EWAW on strengthening the narrative on malnutrition and dehydration and why action is needed – including the scale and nature of the problem and the related impact on an individual’s health and wellbeing as well as wider societal impacts. Read our MoU here


Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) 

The Hospital Caterers Association was founded in 1948, and its aims and objectives are the promotion, development and improvement of the standards of catering in hospitals and healthcare establishments in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and elsewhere; the education and training of persons in health care catering services, and the provision and improvement of the professional interests and status of those engaged in health care catering services.

The BDA and HCA signed our latest Memorandum of Understanding in September 2020, which outlines a joint commitment to maintain and improve standards across hospital catering and services relating to patient nutrition and patient safety. The HCA works closely with the BDA's Food Services Specialist Group, including on the production of joint guidance and toolkits.


The overarching goal of IBD UK is to ensure that people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease receive consistent high quality, person-centred care wherever they live in the UK and have the best possible outcomes.

This partnership of organisations focuses on a range of issues from defining quality by looking at what does ‘good’ patient centred care look like, to embedding research, and quality improvement in IBD services and care. The group looks at sharing good practice and communication, and raising IBD on the political agenda.


Inequalities in Health Alliance 

The Inequalities in Health Alliance is a coalition of organisations with an interest in improving the health of the UK who have come together to campaign for a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities.

Membership is open to any not-for-profit organisation that has an interest in reducing health inequality, particularly those working in the areas of health, social care and local government.


Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) 

The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning. They are a membership organisation with over 9,000 members forming a powerful national and local network that provides information and support alongside fighting for improved services.

The BDA and MND Association have created a formal partnership which builds on the already excellent working relationship between our two organisations and sets out a commitment to joint working up to 2023. The relationship is managed by the BDA’s Neuroscience Specialist Group. Good nutrition is important to MND patients and dietitians have an important role to play in advising on suitable diets to help maintain weight, nutritional status and help with considering longer term nutrition plans.

The MNDA has also launched a new Professionals' Community of Practice to bring together HCP with an interest in MND care. 



The NNEdPro Group represents a strategic partnership between doctors, dietitians, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals, as well as educators and researchers. It is composed of several partner organisations including the British Dietetic Association, UK Medical Research Council’s Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (incorporating the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey), Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour, Ulster University School of Biomedical Sciences, Wolfson College in Cambridge and Cambridge University Health Partners (including Cambridge University Hospitals and the School of Clinical Medicine)

NNEdPro undertakes continuing nutrition education needs assessment relating to medicine/healthcare to develop, deliver and evaluate a range of innovative education and training interventions/packages with particular emphasis on effective delivery methods and healthcare impact.


Obesity Alliance Cymru

Obesity Alliance Cymru (OAC) is a group of leading charities and health organisations, who have come together to influence and support the development of an obesity strategy for Wales, as detailed by the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017. The Co-Chairs of the OAC are the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and Cancer Research UK.



Obesity Health Alliance (OHA) 

The Obesity Health Alliance is a coalition of over 30 organisations who have joined together to fight obesity. Formed in 2015, its aim is to is to prevent obesity-related ill-health by addressing the influences that lead to excess bodyweight throughout life. The Alliance works to influence governments in the UK to introduce policies designed to tackle the social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to obesity and the inequalities in health caused by obesity.

The BDA joined as a member of the Alliance in November 2016.


Scottish Obesity Alliance (SOA)

Scottish Obesity Alliance is a forum for organisations to collaborate to influence policy and practice on obesity prevention in Scotland. It is composed of leading national health charities, medical royal colleges, campaign groups and professional bodies with an interest in health and public health. We work together to influence the Scottish and UK Governments policy on overweight and obesity.



'Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming’ advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity.

The BDA supports Sustain's 'Junk Free Checkouts' campaign, which challenges supermarkets and other retailers to act on long-running customer concern and permanently remove unhealthy snacks from all of their checkouts and queuing areas.


T1 Resources    

T1 Resources is a website run by volunteers and aims to be a one-stop shop for Type 1 Diabetes resources sourced from the internet in various formats to suit the needs of a diverse audience. The resources are co-curated with peer-review (people living with Type 1 diabetes, parents and carers) and healthcare professional quality assurance.

All resources are approved by an editorial and review team which includes health professionals and diabetes patients. Those involved include dietitians. A full list can be found on the T1 Resources Website


Vegan Society

The BDA and Vegan Society have complementary experience in health nutrition outreach. As the original vegan organisation, and with a solid commitment to evidence-based guidance at its heart, The Vegan Society is uniquely respected by vegans around the world. The British Dietetic Association is the only provider of evidence-based advice and information in the science and practice of dietetics. By combining these strengths, the two organisations can bring best practice in plant-based nutrition to medical professionals, service providers, and clients. The BDA and The Vegan Society renewed their commitment to collaboration with a refreshed MoU signed in January 2021.