GET award winners announced and Dietitians Week 2017

GET award winners announced and Dietitians Week 2017

16 June 2017

To celebrate Dietitians Week 2017, there have been an array of activities held by the BDA office and by members too.

Dietitians Week is an annual event promote the work and worth of dietitians, this year taking on the theme of Evidence and Expertise. Dietitians Week is hosted by the British Dietetic Association (BDA). The British Dietetic Association, 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 almost 9,000 members. Find out more about Dietitians Week on Twitter #DietitiansWeek or via

On Monday, we started the week hosting Eat Fact Not Fiction. There were six speakers providing their views on the importance of evidence and expertise when it comes to nutrition advice, including Anne Holdoway, RD (speaker and chair); Mary O’Kane, RD; Anthony Warner the ‘Angry Chef’ Chef and blogger; Rachael Masters RD; Natasha Lipman chronic illness blogger; and Kimberley Littlemore.  Each talk was filmed and will be released via our YouTube Channel over the coming weeks.

Following the amazing talks, we held the first multi-location virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM), with venues in all four home countries including Leeds, Cardiff, Belfast and Perth. The new style AGM was a great success and we plan to develop further for years to come.

After the AGM, Joyce Thompson presented the Elsie Widdowson Memorial Lecture on Realism in nutrition and dietetics. The lecture has been filmed and will be released on our YouTube channel soon. In the meantime, you can watch the previous editions of the memorial lecture with Linda Hindle and Clare Shaw.

The Elsie Widdowson Memorial Lecture is organised and supported by the BDA General and Education Trust Fund.  Presented annually since 2001, each year one senior member of the profession, who is at the pinnacle of their career, is invited to deliver the lecture.

On Monday, we also announced the General Education Trust Award Winners:

  • winner of Dame Barbara Clayton Award for 2017 – Brian Power
  • winner of the Rose Simmonds Award for 2017 – Kaylee Allan with Helen McWilliam and Steven Taylor
  • winner of Elizabeth Washington Award for 2017 – Mary O’Kane.

Find out more about the winners.

Sue Acreman, GET Trustee commented on the awards: “The General Education Trust actively supports the development of the science and practice of dietetics. The trustees welcome applications to the fund from dietitians with proposals for research and development, and financial support is available for them to attend conferences to present their findings.”

Morag MacKeller, Awards Coordinator, commented on each of the winning entries:

Dame Barbara Clayton Award

The judges agreed that Brian Power on a dietitian-led workplace based behaviour change intervention targeted to nurses was the clear winner of this year’s Dame Barbara Clayton Award.  The entry demonstrated innovation and new ways of working within dietetic services drawing on recent advances in workplace programme development and behaviour change theory. Importantly the work can be readily applied by dietitians in other areas of the UK as a basis for improvement tailored and applied across different workplace settings.” Find out more about Brian’s work and what happens next

Rose Simmonds Award

Kaylee Allen’s winning entry for this year’s Rose Simmonds Award is a robust paper describing an excellent  piece of original and practical clinical research. The work – a randomised controlled feasibility and proof-of-concept trial – is a significant step forward in the nutritional management and feeding of ventilated patients and will enable greater use of enteral nutrition for those with delayed gastric emptying. The research demonstrates the significant contribution that the dietetic profession can make to advancing both science and practice along with improvement in patient care.”  Find out more about this work.

Elizabeth Washington Award

The 2017 Elizabeth Washington Award has been given to Mary O’Kane who led the development and production of evidence based guidelines. These are aimed at improving the long-term follow up of patients undergoing bariatric surgery particularly in the subsequent years after discharge from specialist centre follow up. Developed in consultation, including significant input from patient representatives, four different models of shared care are identified with the dietitian playing a key role in annual dietetic assessment.  The work has been recognised internationally as best practice in an area of care that is often neglected.”  Find out more about Mary’s work and what the next step is.

We have also been at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham promoting evidence-based advice. In addition to the drop in dietitian clinic at the show, we have also had dietitians in the healthy kitchen each day. Lucy Jones, Azmina Govindji, Nichola Whitehead and Dr Megan Rossi promoted the work of dietitians with some handy advice whilst also demonstrating some quick and simple healthy recipes. We have filmed each of the talks and will be releasing these soon via our YouTube channel – why not subscribe to the channel to receive notifications of new content.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Dietitians Week 2017. 

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