BDA Members recognised at 2016 Advancing Healthcare Awards

BDA Members recognised at 2016 Advancing Healthcare Awards

22 April 2016

On April 15, the winners for the Advancing Healthcare Awards were revealed, comprising of BDA Members who were successful in several categories and nominated in many more.

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. 

The Advancing Healthcare Awards (AHA) is an annual event that provides the opportunity for the great work of healthcare workers to be recognised and celebrated. 

“It was great to see so many of our members nominated, along with so many of our members being successful in their categories”, said BDA Chief Executive Officer, Andy Burman.

“It goes to show the great impact dietitians and dietetic support workers are having on health care across the UK.”

In the following categories, BDA Member winners included:

Unite the Union award for working together

Janet Passey, Specialist Weight Management Dietitian, and Dr Gail Bohin, Clinical Psychologist at Gloucestershire Royal NHS Foundation Trust were successful due to their team-effort approach to tackling obesity.

Public Health England award for contributions to public health

Emma Holmes, Clinical Lead for Public Health Dietetics at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and Katie Palmerat at Food Cardiff were successful due to their innovative project that used school facilities during the holidays to provide meals and educational  play for children in need.

Award for outstanding achievement by an AHP or healthcare science support worker or technician

Lisa Brown and Sarah Powell-Jones, Dietetic Assistant Practitioners in Wales, were successful due to their development and facilitation of courses designed to get people cooking, with the aim of helping families achieve a healthy, balanced diet.

The Macmillan award for leadership and innovation in cancer rehabilitation

Debbie Provan, TCAT Project Lead and Caroline Rennie, Macmillan Nurse Consultant,
NHS Ayrshire and Arran, were successful for their transformation of care post treatment including re-designing breast and colorectal cancer services.

Find out more on the AHA awards and this years nominees and finalists.

A big congratulations also goes out to all of the BDA members who were nominated, and to all of the AHA nominees and successful finalists from other health care professions.


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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