Networking for research

As research is usually a collaborative activity the BDA has set up a Dietetic research network discussion forum to allow any BDA members from the dietetic workforce to network and share experiences and research opportunites.

The groups below also offer Dietitians interested in research an opportunity to link with other Dietitians and health professionals with similar interests.

Other regional and national research networks and organisations:

  • The Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN) website has general information about healthcare improvement and innovation:
  • The Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR) gives a collective research voice to all allied health professions:
  • The Association of UK University Hospitals (AUKUH) states 'the high-quality teaching and research conducted in these institutions puts the standard of patient care at the forefront of best practice':

Research Mentors

For some applications (e.g. NIHR) you are required to find a mentor who will be named in your application as part of your ongoing support team. For other applications you may wish to access a mentor to support you through the process.

These are BDA members all willing to act as mentors to help guide you through the next stage of your research career. 

These mentors can offer you an individual programme of support, agreed at an initial session to discuss expectations and ground rules. Support may include an initial face to face or Skype discussion, followed by a combination of email, Skype and telephone contact. Initially the programme of support will be for eighteen months, at which point both parties will evaluate the success of the relationship.

Find out more about our research mentors by clicking their profiles below: 

Learn more about research and connect with those that are working in and conducting research of their own on our Research Champions page.