Influencing in action: Latest activity and case studies

This page aims to highlight examples of some of the influencing work being undertaken by the BDA and its members and hopefully inspire you to have a go yourself!

This is by no means a comprehensive list, and you can find more examples on the individual themes pages. 

Collaborating and Campaigning

The BDA frequently takes public stands on important issues, either alone or alongside partners.  

You can see more of our day-to-day media engagement in issues of Dietetics Today.

Political engagement

Engaging with politicians at Westminster, the devolved governments or at a local level: 

  • We have contacted a number of MPs and Peers to raise the issue of folic acid fortification, leading to questions being rasied in the Commons and Lords.
  • Dietitians including Heather Norris, who are part of our breastfeeding working group, have been writing to their MPs in support of UNICEF's call to support breastfeeding. Read Heather's letter here (member only). 
  • Childhood Obesity lead Louise Tse spoke at the Food Matters Live conference on the topic of the government's Childhood Obesity plan of action, alongside Jon Ashworth MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Professor Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer. 
  • In October 2017 Oncology specialist dietitain Lucy Elridge presented to the Food and Health Forum meeting on the issue of Nutrition and Cancer.
  • Dietitian Jen Low presented on the topic of fad diets to the All Party Food and Health Forum at the Houses of Parliament. 
  • Alison Smith, chair of the BDA's Older People Specialist Group appeared before an All Party Parliamentary Group inquiry into Malnutrition in End of Life Care.
  • When Birmingham City Council announced cuts to weight management services, the BDA worked with local dietitians to raise concerns with local MPs and the Council. Gisela Stuart MP raised this issue on our behalf with the council.  

The BDA is a member of the All Party Food and Health Forum and tries to attend every meeting and speak at as many as possible. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings on behalf of teh BDA, get in touch!

If you think there's an All Party or Cross Party Group that the BDA should be involved in, let us know. There are dozens of these groups and many will have relevance to diet and nutrition. 

Events

You can see where we've been and who we have been influencing at events via our events pages. This includes feedback from our members who were in attendance.  

National and Local Case studies

Dietitians at national and local level are able to drive real change on behalf of their services and patients. Doing so can involve a fair bit of hard work but lead to really positive outcomes. 

  • Nicol Clayton RD, specialist paediatric dietitian at Bristol Children's Hospital, reports on her participation on a one day NICE summit on the implementation of new eating disorder guidelines.

  • Louise Nash RD, Frail Elderly Pathway Dietitian at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, explains how she used conversations, contacts and persistence to introduce a 10 point action plan to help reduce falls admissions and put nutrition and hydration on everyone’s agenda at her hospital.
  • The BDA participates in projects and consultations run by the Professional Records Standards Body to influence the standards that are being developed for integrated health and social care record systems in the UK.

Contribute your own case study

If you've got a good case study of how you have influenced decision-making at a local level or advocated for the dietetic profession, let us know and we'll be happy to include it here!