Primary care is facing challenges across the UK, and the English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish Governments have all identified Primary Care as a priority.
The BDA believes that dietitians have a critical role to play in supporting primary care services for conditions relating to diet and nutrition. Excitingly, in England this was recognised in the GP contract in 2020, whereby dietitians are now specifically included within the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme. This means that GPs can get specific funding for dietetic posts in their services, but they will only do that if they are aware of the impact that a dietitian could have in their service.
The BDA believes dietitians can have a number of important impacts in primary care, these include:
Click here for further information relating to the role of First Contact Dietitians.
The BDA commissioned Plymouth University to undertake a research project to collect and evaluate data on the effectiveness of dietitians working in primary care. This was part funded by HEE and will give us a firm evidence basis on which to base our calls for more dietetic posts in primary care. The three phases to the project have now finished, and we are awaiting the final analysis and write up. The three phases were:
We are linking in with a representative from each of our four countries to progress the primary care agenda.
The BDA has created a Primary Care Basecamp for all dietitians with an interest in these roles to join and share experiences, knowledge and recourses such as business cases and job descriptions. Please email us directly if you would like to be added to the Basecamp.
Download our digital resources to use on surgery TV screens and social media:
Access our resources to highlight the benefits of the First Contact Dietitian to GPs, available for you to download and print:
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If you're already working in Primary Care, we want to hear about your experiences (how well it is working and what challenges you are facing). To share your experiences or to join the BDA Primary Care Basecamp, please email us directly. If you need inspiration, take a look at the fantastic work of dietitians working in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: 'Long-term symptom severity in people with irritable bowel syndrome following dietetic treatment in primary care: A service evaluation'