Model and Process for Nutrition and Dietetic Practice

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.

The BDA believes that the implementation of the Process for Nutrition and Dietetic Practice is important as it enables you to show how you deliver effective and quality nutrition and dietetic services.

The Process describes the fundamentals of the dietetic intervention and, as such, could be described as the cornerstone of practice. It is a problem-solving model. It is used in the education of students; supporting the development of consultation skills and clinical reasoning. You can use it in your practice to provide a stucture for record keeping, to develop practice standards and deliver a consistent standard of practice and to measure and prove your contribution through defining and measuring outcomes.

There is a growing body of published evidence and abstracts that demonstrate various benefits from the use of the care process and standardised language. These include clarifying the dietetic assessment and allowing dietitians to track outcomes and impact across diagnoses and dietetic teams, provides tools to advance the profession and to become more competitive, increases the focus on dietetic interventions and the profession.

The BDA is developing resources to help you implement the Process in practice. They include a workshop that can be used in your service and a forum to share questions, experiences and resources. 

2016 update has been published with minor amendments specifically to support the use of the Process in determining dietetic outcomes.