The BDA Mental Health group supports dietitians working in all areas of mental health, including adult mental health, older people’s mental health, forensics, learning disabilities, children and adolescent mental health, eating disorders and autism. We also support a number of regional interest groups in these areas.
What we do:
Lead the profession - our members are consulted for their views on all relevant NICE guidelines and the activity of the Clinical Reference Groups within the field of mental health and eating disorders. As a group we work to develop training to enhance the skills of the dietetic workforce. Within our membership we have a number of media spokespeople who continually work to promote the profession.
Support our members - we have a website that is packed with resources and provides a networking opportunity for our members to contact other dietitians working in the field, either for peer support, sharing resources or for problem solving. We are currently in the process of developing resources that have been produced following consultation with dietitians nationally, to support our members in practice. These are free to all our members.
Build for the future - we have undertaken a scoping exercise of the dietetic mental health workforce to influence commissioners and to develop services. We are also developing fact sheets to promote the dietetic profession and the work of dietitians within the field of mental health.