Working in Primary Care?

Primary Care services provide the first point of contact in the healthcare system, acting as the ‘front door’ of the NHS. Primary care includes general practice, community pharmacy, dental, and optometry (eye health) services. 

Historically, dietitians working within NHS services were predominantly located within community, secondary and mental health care environments. Primary Care is an emerging role for dietitians. Dietitians working as core members of the Primary Care General Practice Team have a vital role in delivering care and treatment across the life course.  

The BDA is committed to supporting dietitians to develop professional practice within Primary Care. On the pages below, you will find helpful resources and information links. The BDA has created a Primary Care Basecamp for all dietitians with an interest in these roles to join and share experiences, knowledge and resources such as business cases and job descriptions. Please email us directly if you would like to be added to the Basecamp.

Education and Training

Education and training courses including core modules recommended by HEE as essential for those working in Primary Care in England and other courses suggested by the BDA which may support dietitians to meet some of the capabilities outlined in the roadmap. 

What is First Contact Practice?

Information for First Contact Practitioners & Advanced Practitioners about First Contact Dietitians - a diagnostic clinician working in Primary Care. On this page you will find guides, example job descriptions and the HEE roadmap to practice.

Learning hub

Learn more about the important role that dietitians play and what the BDA is doing to support dietitians in Primary Care. Access our webinars and our printable resources to use in practice and more.