Online workshop on future of AHPs launched – have your say!

Online workshop on future of AHPs launched – have your say!

29 April 2016

The BDA is thrilled that Suzanne Rastrick, NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Advisor, has launched an online workshop for all AHPs which will help form a national declaration, strategy and programme of work for the professions.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members. 

Writing on the NHS blog, Suzanne said “This is an exciting time for AHPs, never before have they been asked as a whole to be part of the discussion and decision making, and to co-create and co-own a collective vision.”

The BDA are encouraging all dietitians to register for the workshop online. Here you can join the online workshop as many times as you like until Friday 6 May to offer your thoughts on two key questions and to share examples of best practice in dietetics. You can highlight innovation too, and think about how you and your team can improve the services you provide. All posts will be secure and anonymous, and contributions are invited from dietitians working in all fields, not just the NHS.

The innovative online format means you can share views, look at the views of others and offer feedback by voting and commenting on contributions. You can come back to the conversation at any time while the workshop is live, to check what others think of your ideas, and respond to queries or questions they may have.

BDA Chief Executive Andy Burman believes this is a fantastic opportunity for dietitians and encourages all BDA members to take part. Commenting on the plans, Burman said: “This is a unique chance for dietitians from every part of professional practice to have a say, share examples of best practice and shape the future of our profession.

“I took part in the original discussions between the AHP professional bodies in February 2016 and we reached a collective agreement that the health and care system will benefit if AHPs are able to work towards common goals and challenges together. However, we were keen that our members had the opportunity to bring their wealth of professional experience to bear.”

Rastrick has confirmed that this is just the first stage of a multi-part approach to this work. The results of the initial workshop with AHPs will be presented at the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Conference on the 23rd June, before a second round of online workshops with a wider range of stakeholders.

Read Suzanne Rastrick's full blog online. Make sure you get involved in the online workshops and have your say!


Notes to the Editor:

  • Visit the BDA website at
  • Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
  • Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dietitians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, non-government organisations and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government, local communities and individuals.


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