East of Scotland Branch Events

Upcoming Events

'Getting the most out of PEN BDA East Scotland Branch AGM'


Where: Via Webinar

When: Thursday 16th May 2019

Time: 7:30 pm with AGM to follow at approx 8:10pm

Cost: FREE!


We invite you to an educational presentation on "Getting the most out of PEN" followed by the East Scotland branch AGM. Eleanor Johnstone , Policy Officer from the BDA will be presenting the 30 minute session plus time for questions. The BDA Branch AGM will follow immediately after.


Register at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2277925707833018893


After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please check your SPAM box just in case! (please note this is for East Scotland Branch Members only)





“An IDDSI Bitsy  Dysphagia Study Day”


Joint BDA East and West Scotland Branches & Speech and Language Therapy CPD day




To facilitate a study event for Dietitians, Speech and Language Therapists, Support Workers and Students, to share best practice and innovative ideas, as well as discuss dysphagia management and moving forward on IDDSI roll out.


Discuss the challenges, share experiences and take part in workshops during this exciting study day!

 #networkingopportunity #teamwork #AHPs #IDDSI #Dysphagia




When:            23rd March 2019  | Timings to be confirmed  |  Lunch will be provided!


Where:           Station Hotel Perth

The hotel is across from the train station and bus station is a 5 minute walk.  There is also free on-site parking, but we would encourage the use of public transport if possible and active travel in line with SCPN Healthy Meetings.


Cost:               Book via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2Sq6SWU

-       BDA Dietitians / RCSLT Speech and Language Therapists:  £15.00 + booking fee

-       Student Dietitians or Speech and Language Therapists & Support Workers:  £11.00 + booking fee

-       Non- BDA or RCSLT member: £25.00 + booking fee       



Date: Nov 22, 2018 at 8:00 PM GMT

The East Scotland Branch of the BDA would like to invite you to register for our free webinar on Health Literacy

The case for action on health literacy is set out in “Making it Easy – A Health Literacy Action Plan for Scotland”, published in 2014. It set out the ambition for Scotland to be a healthliterate society that enables all of us to have the confidence, knowledge, understanding and skills to maintain good health. 


What does this mean for dietitians?


Effective communication is key to our role and outcome measures and ensuring understanding is paramount and is the cornerstone to supporting self-management of an individual's condition.


Our speaker, Angela Shepherd works for NHS Education for Scotland as a Nursing and Midwifery Practice Educator. Her current role is to provide and facilitate access to education to support key national priorities, and support patient centred care and quality improvement through the development and delivery of specific education for care professionals in their area of expertise. Angela will take us through Top Tips for Good Health Literacy Practice.


We look forward to having you join for an informative and interactive webinar




After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  If you are unable to attend, you may still register and view within 7 days of the event.


Please note that places are limited to 100 attendees on the night, so we suggest you register your place as soon as possible so as not to be disappointed.



Sign up for the event on the 17th May and you could win......


Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Diabetes

Just complete one of our evaluation forms after the event and you will be entered to WIN!

We will announc winners on our social media pages.nutrition series________________________________________________________________


Save the Date.....

17th May East of Scotland AGM and CPD Slot delivered as a Webinar


We are pleased to announce that on 17th May we will be hosting a Webinar by George Thom -  ‘Beating Type 2 diabetes into remission with major weight loss: 12m results from DiRECT’ 

George Thom is a registered dietitian and  works as a Research Associate on the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) as well as a PhD student investigating maintenance of weight loss from physiological and psychological perspective.

George previously worked as a weight management dietitian at Ninewells Hospital for five years, running outpatient clinics, group weight management classes and seeing bariatric surgery patients.

After the CPD slot by George we will then hold our Annual General Meeting.

We will be in touch with further information regarding registration and times. We are also running a Competition for this event.......

Sign up to attend and you will be in with a chance to win The Angry Chef by Anthony Warner  e- book! Anthony was one of our recent guest speakers at our Eat Well Tweet Well Event.





Past Events


“Eat Well Tweet Well; Raising the dietetic profession in a digital age!


Aim: To facilitate a study event for BDA members promoting the BDA Vision "To ensure that UK dietitians are recognised as leaders in diet and nutrition matters" with a focus on dietetics in the digital age. 


When:                         10th February 2018

Note this is a ½ day Saturday event, but lunch will be provided!


Where:                        Queen Margaret University


Cost:                  Full Members:

£15 Members

Early bird rate £12 (If booked before January 5th 2018!)


Student members:

£7.50 Students





Thursday 27th April: CPD Evening and AGM @ The Steele Lecture Theatre, Perth Royal Infirmary

The topic of the evening will be "Record Keeping" and we will have a speaker from the BDA coming up to Perth to update us on this. We have also listened to feedback on previous events and will have networking time from 5.30, with refreshments. The first speaker will commence at 6.30 followed by the AGM.

Video Conferencing will be available, please contact Dalhia Campbell on info@foodandnutritioncentral.co.uk to find out more.





The MDT Management of Dysphagia: A conference for Dietitians and Speech and Language Therapists

6th June 2015, 9.30am - 3.30pm, Perth Royal Infirmary, Perth.

Following the success of their joint conference in 2013, the BDA East and West of Scotland Branches and the Scotland Speech and Language Therapists' Dysphagia CEN, joined forces again in 2015 to host another stimulating conference of expert lecture and debate.

This event was cancelled.

CPD Event: 8th October 5.15-7.30pm at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

The next Branch event is taking place on the 8th October, 5.15pm-7.30pm at  the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh.

There are a range of topics which offer excellent learning and CPD opportunities for Dietitians, Support Workers and Students.  Light bites and refreshments will be available from 5.15pm

The evening programme includes:

  • Mindfulness and its role in Dietetics by Julian Adkins, Psychological Therapist, Cullen Centre, NHS Lothian.
  • Learning Disabilities and Weight Management by Jill Alexander, Specialist Learning Disabilities Dietitian, NHS Lothian.
  • BDA Influencing Toolkit by Joanna Instone, Policy Officer, British Dietetic Association.

If you are planning to attend, please book a place, in advance on www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bda-east-of-scotland-branch-study-evening-tickets-18462111673

If you wish to make use of the videoconferencing facility, please contact either Dalhia or Heather for future details and book a place on the link above.

Dalhia Campbell (info@foodandnutritioncentral.co.uk) or (dalhia.campbell@nhs.net) .         

Heather Preston (Heather.Preston@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk).

East of Scotland Branch CPD Evening and AGM: 28th April 2016, 17.30-19.30

We are pleased to announce the East of Scotland AGM will be taking place on Thursday 28th April 2016. In addition to the AGM, we are delighted to offer presentations on the topic of HCPC registration and audit process which will be particularly relevant to us all at this time of year! 

Rosanna Hudson, Policy Officer (Education) from the BDA will be presenting to the branch on how the BDA can support members in the run up to the HCPC Audit of registered dietitians. Our second presentation is from Paula Reagan, who sits on the HCPC Fitness to Practice panels and will be telling us about what fitness to practice means and giving case examples.

In addition to this there will be information released about an exciting new BDA "Innovation" Event in Scotland and updates from Marjory Macleod, Scotland Constituency Council member and Chair Elect.

The evening will finish with the AGM, which will commence at approximately 18.45. All members will also have received notification via email regarding Chair and Ordinary members elections which will also take place during the AGM. If you require more information on the election or wish to put yourself forward for nomination please contact Laura King on l.king@bda.uk.com

The evening will be held in the Blackford Room, Postgraduate Education Centre, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh.

Light bites and refreshments will be available from 17.15. 

Cost: £5 for members, £3 for support workers and students and £8 for non-members 
Tickets can be purchased from the following link:


Video Conferencing will be available in the following venues:

  • Aberdeen  VC - Seminar Room 1, 3rd Floor, Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital.
  • Tayside VC - Kinnoull Room, Kings Cross Hospital, Dundee.
  • Elgin VC - Meeting Room 3, The Glassgreen Centre, Thornhill Drive, Elgin.
  • Orkney VC - Saltire Room, Balfour Hospital, Kirkwall.

If you wish to make use of video conferencing facilities in another locality, please contact the meeting organiser, Dalhia Campbell (info@foodandnutritioncentral.co.uk) or (dalhia.campbell@nhs.net).

If you have any other questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact Ciara Logue (PR Officer) at ciara.logue@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or on 0131 5379169.









BDA East Scotland Branch


Thursday 16th May 2019


7:30 pm with AGM to follow at approx 8:10pm



Getting the most out of PEN BDA East Scotland Branch AGM


Via webinar




Free event

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2277925707833018893 After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please check your SPAM box just in case!


We invite you to an educational presentation on "Getting the most out of PEN" followed by the East Scotland branch AGM. Eleanor Johnstone , Policy Officer from the BDA will be presenting the 30 minute session plus time for questions. The BDA Branch AGM will follow immediately after.