BDA Vision - a success!

BDA Vision - a success!

06 June 2014

BDA Vision was held on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 June 2014 at Novotel, Broad Street, Birmingham. With over 100 people attending the two day event, there was lively atmosphere and discussion during the conference.

The programme ‘Outcomes and Impacts’ included discussions from Judyth Jenkins, Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board, Linda Hindle, Public Health England, Michele Sandelson, London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Barts NHS Trust, Andrew Nwosu, Regional Allied Health Professions Lead, Carol Weir, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Shirena Counter and Keith Meadows, Royal Free London NHS Trust and Deirdre Fee, Cambridge Community Services .. to name a few.

Conference programme and speakers

The Elsie Widdowson Lecture 2014 was given by Dr Miranda Lomer PhD, MBDA, RD on ‘From food additives to FODMAPs: a dietetic journey through gastroenterology’. Miranda is Senior Consultant Dietitian in Gastroenterology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. Read more about the lecture. Following day one the BDA Annual Awards Dinner was overseen by Honorary Chair Siân O’Shea with over 90 people attending.

BDA Awards

Trade Union Representative of the Year – Alison Green (London).

Media Spokesperson of the Year – Sioned Quirke.

Ambassador of the Year – Rhiannon Williams.

Branch of the Year – London Branch.

Specialist Group of the Year – NAGE (Nutrition Advisory Group for Older People).

IBEX Award – Debbie Provan and Candice Ward.

Honorary Associate – Dr Sumantra Ray.

Dame Barbara Clayton Award - Nicola Henderson and Caroline Ritchie, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Central Scotland for ‘Renal dietetic Database: Innovative use of desktop software to increase dietetic patient facing time with haemodialysis patients.’

Rose Simmonds Award - Samford Wong, Stoke Mandeville Hospital for his published work ‘A Lactobacillius casei probiotic drink reduced antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in patients with spinal cord injuries: a randomised control trial.’

Elizabeth Washington Award  - Deepa Kariyawasam, King’s College Hospital, London for her published work within the field of education ‘Diabetes and Dialysis – Nutritional Considerations’

Thanks goes to the following people for their involvement in the Award Presentations; Morag Mackellar, BDA Awards Coordinator, Sue Acreman, BDA Trustee, Dennis Edmondson, Chair of Trade Union Board, Sian Porter, Chair of Communications and Marketing Board, Fiona McCullough, BDA Honorary Secretary and Honorary Chair, Siân O’Shea.

BDA Live

The BDA Team are now organising the BDA Live and Online event being held Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 September 2014 at Vinopolis, London. For more information go to

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