Dietitians have an important role to play in public health and disease management in an ever-changing health and social care landscape. The BDA aims to support the practice of dietitians with the resources to meet the complex challenges they face.
Informatics is described as the knowledge, skills and tools which enable information to be collected, managed, used and shared to support the delivery of healthcare and promote health; and is therefore an everyday tool for dietetic practice. This section describes aspects of informatics of relevance to practice and links to useful resources.
The primary purpose of dietetic records is to record and communicate information about the dietetic intervention. Incomplete or disorganised notes can lead to poor care and allegations of incompetence; conversely structured records can improve care. The use of a systematic process and standard language facilitates standardised records and the sharing and secondary uses of the information held in the record.
The Process for Nutrition and Dietetic Practice (the Process) demonstrates how dietitians integrate professional knowledge and skills into evidence-based decision making; with individuals, groups or populations; in clinical settings, public health or health promotion. The Model and Process also articulates the specific skills, knowledge and critical reasoning that all dietitians deploy and the environmental factors that influence the practice of dietetics. This section provides tools and resources to support the implementation of the Process.
BDA guidance uses the principles of knowledge translation in translating the evidence base into practice. In January 2011, the BDA became an international partner in Practice Based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) and this changed the way BDA guidance is developed. The three recognised categories of BDA guidance are Clinical Guidelines, Clinical Practice Toolkits and Policy Statements.
Due to the complex interaction between nutrition and drugs in sickness and in health, dietitians need to have a high level of pharmaceutical knowledge regarding the impact of a wide range of nutrition supplements and medications on nutritional status and the medical conditions they are used to treat. On these pages you will find information on ACBS products (ONS) and prescription only medicines (POMs).
Professional behaviour is core to dietetic practice and encompasses record keeping, regulation, conduct and ethics. These pages will support members to continue to meet the high standards required by service users. You will also find information here if you are required to provide coroners reports, expert witness statements, or an HCPC Fitness to Practice statement.