Allied Health Professionals and Public Health: 2016 Survey05 May 2016
Today sees the launch of a national public health survey for AHPs and their teams and the British Dietetic Association encourages members to take part.
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 aim of the survey is to improve understanding of the preventative healthcare work that AHPs are incorporating into their roles and also how they feel about their evolving role in improving the publics' health.
The survey has been developed by Sheffield Hallam University in collaboration with Public Health England, the 12 AHP professional bodies and CAHPR. The findings from the survey will be used to identify the learning needs of the current and future workforce, to identify barriers to progress, to inform funding and strategic developments and to identify examples of good practice.
AHPs have such a huge role to play in preventative care, please help by completing the survey and circulating it to colleagues.
Notes to the Editor:
- Visit the BDA website at www.bda.uk.com
- 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.