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Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme makes commitment to support high standards in sport and exercise nutrition

Date: 20/09/2017

Sport England’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) has taken the welcome step of requiring all nutritionists working with its athletes to be registered with the Sport and Exercise and Nutrition register (SENr), in a clear commitment to quality and standards. This now means young athletes can be confident that their nutrition and diet advice is coming from properly qualified experts.  

TASS is funded by Sport England and works with education institutions and national ...

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BDA supports new guidance on AHP Public Health Education

Date: 06/09/2017

The BDA is pleased to have supported the creation of new guidance, published today (September 6th), setting out what good practice looks like for public health in pre-registration Allied Health Professional education. The guidance, Public Health Content within the Pre-Registration Curricula for Allied Health Professions, aims to help shape individual professions curricula and support universities to review and develop their courses.

Work on the guidance was led by Public Health England, ...

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Government announcement of funding to support AHPs to return to work after career breaks

Date: 30/08/2017

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has today welcomed the announcement by government of £5 million of funding to support AHPs and other specialist professions to return to work after career breaks. The Department for Health will work with Health Education England to run a returner programme for 300 AHP returners across England, including dietitians. This will include education, re-training and tailored support with the aim of having returners ready to practice within six to 12 ...

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BDA welcome calorie reduction programme, but want to see childhood obesity plan bolstered

Date: 18/08/2017

Public Health England have today announced the launch of a calorie reduction programme as part of the government’s childhood obesity plan, which was launched a year ago today. PHE will consider the evidence of children’s calorie consumption and set the ambition for a calorie reduction programme which will include food such as ready meals, pizzas, burgers and savoury snacks. This programme will complement PHEs sugar reduction programme which has been running over the past year.

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BDA welcomes announcement of funding for placements, but feels more support is needed

Date: 10/08/2017

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) welcomed yesterday’s news that the UK Government plans to make an additional £16 million a year available in England for training placements for nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), including dietitians.

However, the Association is keen to understand how the funding will be spent and distributed. The BDA believes that more funding will be needed if the government’s ambition is to be realised. The funding is intended to ...

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British Dietetic Association confirms well-planned vegan diets can support healthy living in people of all ages

Date: 07/08/2017

One of the UK’s longest-standing organisations that represents dietetics and nutrition, the British Dietetic Association, has affirmed that a well-planned vegan diet can “support healthy living in people of all ages” in an official document signed by its CEO.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and ...

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Past-BDA Honorary Chair Mary Turner CBE has passed away after a short illness

Date: 20/07/2017

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is sad to hear that today previous BDA Honorary Chair Mary Turner CBE has passed away after a short illness. Mary has been a trade union activist for over six decades, and was a much loved and hugely respected member of the GMB Union. 

Born in Tipperary, Mary moved to the North of England as a child before finally settling in Kilburn, London. As a trade unionist, Mary was a true leader, never taking no for an answer. When she returned to work ...

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BDA Awards – recognising excellence in the dietetic profession

Date: 04/07/2017

The British Dietetic Association hosted its annual Awards Dinner on the evening of 4 July 2017 in Birmingham. The BDA Awards were overseen by Chair Elect Caroline Bovey.

 

Ambassador of the Year

Our Ambassadors represent the BDA on a whole range of committees, working groups and task forces within Government, alongside other professions and in other organisations. Without our Ambassadors we could not influence policy in the way we do nor advocate on behalf of the profession to the same ...

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Letter to Prime Minister May

Date: 19/06/2017

The BDA trade union has joined forces with 14 other trade unions representing NHS workers to demand an end to the 1% pay cap.

Today, 19 June, a letter signed by unions including the BDA was delivered to the Prime Minister Teresa May. We send a warning ahead of the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday that failure to lift the cap will put at risk the recruitment and retention of dedicated NHS staff. Our members are fed up with having to do more with less with many losing around £3000 in ...

GET award winners announced and Dietitians Week 2017

Date: 16/06/2017

To celebrate Dietitians Week 2017, there have been an array of activities held by the BDA office and by members too.

Dietitians Week is an annual event promote the work and worth of dietitians, this year taking on the theme of Evidence and Expertise. Dietitians Week is hosted by the British Dietetic Association (BDA). The British Dietetic Association, founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the ...

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Revised HCPC guidance on returning to practice published

Date: 12/06/2017

HCPCThe HCPC has published revised guidance on returning to practice. The guidance was first published in July 2006, to help people who have taken a break from practising, or are considering doing so, to understand our requirements for coming back on to the HCPC Register.

The HCPC reviewed the returning to practice arrangements in late 2014, working closely with professional bodies. The review found that, although the requirements were generally considered to be working well, there was a need ...

Survey finds that almost 60% of people trust nutrition advice from underqualified professionals

Date: 08/06/2017

A recent Populus survey of over 2000 people conducted on behalf of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) shows that the UK public don’t know who to trust for advice on diet and nutrition. The poll showed 58% of people stated that they would trust diet and nutrition advice provided to them by their personal trainer and fitness instructor.

Nutrition and diet qualifications undertaken by personal trainers and fitness instructors will vary, with some online courses available that last as ...

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BDA joins healthcare bodies in supporting motion of regret on NHS bursaries

Date: 07/04/2017

The BDA has joined ten other healthcare professional bodies and trade unions, including the Royal College of Nursing and Unison, to urge members of the House of Lords to show their opposition to changes to Nursing and AHP bursaries. Lord Clark of Windermere has tabled a Motion of regret on the Statutory Instrument being used to scrap NHS bursaries in England.

The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for registered dietitians in Great Britain and Northern ...

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BDA supports findings of House of Lords Committee report on long term sustainability

Date: 05/04/2017

The British Dietetic Association today welcomes the findings of the House of Lords Committee on the long term sustainability of the NHS. The committee makes a number of recommendations that it believes are necessary to ensure that the NHS is sustainable and free at the point of use.

The British Dietetic Association, founded in 1936, is the professional association for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition ...

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BDA respond to launch of Department of Health consultation on removing gluten free foods on prescription

Date: 31/03/2017

The Department of Health has today launched a formal consultation1 on possible changes to the availability of gluten free foods on prescription. The British Dietetic Association (BDA) will be submitting a robust consultation response to argue that the NHS should continue to provide staple gluten-free products for those vulnerable patients such as children, elderly and those least able to afford commercial gluten free products.


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BDA and BNF welcome reformulation guidelines and new baseline data

Date: 30/03/2017

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) and British Dietetic Association (BDA) today welcome sugar reduction guidelines published by Public Health England. These ambitious guidelines have been set, in discussion with food companies, for a range of food categories which currently contribute the most sugar to children’s diets. The government is aiming for a 20% reduction in total sugar sold in each of the food categories as a part of efforts to tackle childhood obesity. Food ...

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The BDA Annual General Meeting and Dietitians Week event

Date: 29/03/2017

Shaping the Future, Monday 12 June 2017

On Monday 12 June, the first day of Dietitians Week, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) will host their AGM.

The AGM will be available via video conferencing in Leeds, Perth, Belfast and Wales. After the AGM the Elsie Widdowson Lecture will be presented by Joyce Thompson, Dietetic Consultant in Public Health Nutrition at NHS Tayside on the realism in nutrition and dietetics. Learn more about the lecture

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British Dietetic Association joins other health unions in decrying ‘derisory’ pay award

Date: 28/03/2017

Following the announcement today by the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) of the 2017/18 pay award of just 1% for NHS staff, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) is joining other health unions in criticising the repeated failure to properly reward hard working dietitians, nurses and other healthcare workers. This is the sixth consecutive year that the PRB settlement has failed to match increases in costs of living, with RPI inflation currently running at 3.2%.

The BDA, founded in 1936, is the ...

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Health Select Committee right to recognise need for further action on Childhood Obesity say BDA

Date: 27/03/2017

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) today welcomes the report from the Common’s Health Select Committee expressing disappointment at “underwhelming” Childhood Obesity Strategy launched in August 2016.

The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members. The BDA is also an active trade union.

The BDA joins ...

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BDA response to Sustain Report: 'Taking the Pulse of Hospital Food – A survey of NHS Hospitals, using London as a test case'

Date: 23/03/2017

The British Dietetic Association’s interpretation of the data presented within the report1 is that the engagement of the test sites in London is encouraging. Clearly there is room for further development, but in the current climate of uncertainty and fiscal restraint, the progress towards the Hospital Food Standards (HFS) is good and to be welcomed. We continue to support the efforts of dietitians, hospital staff and caterers to provide food that will promote good health to ...

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BANT: Functional Dietetics

Date: 17/03/2017

The British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) has just published its response to the public consultation on its draft Curriculum Framework for Functional Dietetics (entitled: Functional Dietetics P4 in Practice – delivering the Modern Agenda for Diet-Related Disease).

The BDA has acknowledged this publication and will consider and respond in due course.

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Healthcare undergraduate courses see dip in applications following removal of NHS bursary

Date: 27/02/2017

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is concerned to note that applications for healthcare undergraduate positions at English universities have seen a significant fall for the academic year 2017/18, with subjects allied to medicine seeing a 17% fall on the 2016/17 cycle1.

Anecdotal evidence from universities indicates this broad downward trend is also reflected in dietetic courses specifically. This follows the Westminster Government’s decision to scrap the NHS bursary for all AHPs ...

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RCPCH State of Child Health report released

Date: 26/01/2017

The BDA welcomes today’s RCPCH State of Child Health report, which again highlights the pressing need for action to tackle childhood obesity and to support women to breastfeed. The report makes it clear that obesity and overweight rates amongst children have made little improvement over the past decade. It also confirms that breastfeeding rates in England and Scotland has not grown significantly since data was first collected in 1975 and remains at one of the lowest levels in Europe.

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BDA signs up to TUC’s Charter for helping terminally ill workers

Date: 25/01/2017

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) will today (Wednesday, 25 January) add its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.

The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members.

The BDA is the latest organisation to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary ...

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The BDA’s guide to the latest diet and cookery books in 2017

Date: 13/01/2017

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) today releases a review of five of the latest diet and cookery books including (in no particular order): Lean for Life The Cookbook; Clean Eating Alice – Eat Well Everyday; How to Lose Weight Well; Tom’s Daily Plan; and Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet.

The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and ...

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BDA supports new Public Health England Be Food Smart campaign

Date: 03/01/2017

Public Health England has launched a new campaign Be Food Smart that aims to highlight the surprising amount of sugar, saturated fat and salt found in everyday food and drink and encourage parents to ‘Be Food Smart’ and take control of their children’s diet.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) supports this campaign which also includes a free smartphone application that works by scanning the barcode of products, revealing the total sugar, saturated fat and salt inside ...

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Top 5 worst celeb diets to avoid in 2017

Date: 08/12/2016

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) today revealed its much-anticipated annual list of celebrity diets togreenjuice avoid in the New Year. The line-up this year includes Clean eating, Diet pills, Teatoxes, the 6:1 diet, and Green juices.

The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members.

In recent years it ...

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BDA Welcomes Government’s step forward on Soft Drinks Industry Levy

Date: 05/12/2016

The BDA today welcomes the government’s draft legislation for the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, the next stage in introducing the levy on sugar sweetened beverages from April 2018.

BDA Chief Executive Andy Burman said; “We are pleased that the government has taken this next step toward introducing the Soft Drinks Industry Levy. The Sugar Tax is not enough on its own to solve the crisis of childhood obesity, but is a positive move in the right direction, and an important sign of ...

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The Little Black Dress and Dinner Jacket Guide to the festive season

Date: 30/11/2016

Christmas fireplaceToday the British Dietetic Association has released some tips for both men and women to enjoy the Christmas period without sacrificing their health.

'Tis the season to be jolly, but for many the Christmas festivities bring with them dread at the prospect of wrecking all of the year’s hard work towards being and staying healthy in just a few, short, party-filled weeks. After all, on average, people gain between 1-5lbs (0.5-2.5kg) over the Christmas period.

To ensure that everyone enjoys ...

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Health and nutrition awareness – imperative for prisoners

Date: 03/11/2016

Today, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published their physical health of people in prison guideline.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) welcomes this guideline as there is a large body of research showing that what we eat affects not only health but behaviour, mood, wellbeing, and even how we react to stress. (1, 2) 

The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the ...

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Improved nutrition training necessary in medical schools

Date: 21/10/2016

This week, an article published in the Guardian* highlighted that doctors, in most cases, do not have the knowledge and training to talk to their patients about how their diet, nutrition and lifestyle behaviours impact on their health and wellbeing. This means that the NHS’s aim to prevent the onset of chronic disease and ill health will be even harder to achieve.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) recommends that all undergraduate medical schools include education about nutrition ...

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3.28 million school-aged children in the UK predicted to be overweight or obese by 2025

Date: 10/10/2016

Tomorrow is World Obesity Day, and today the British Dietetic Association pushes for junk free checkouts as new figures from the World Obesity Federation indicate that 3.28 million school aged children in the UK will be overweight or obese by 2025. On current trends, obesity-related diseases will increasingly affect school-children, including 43,000 with type 2 Diabetes and 296,000 with hypertension by 2025.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional ...

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Updated National Clinical Guideline for Stroke

Date: 03/10/2016

The fifth edition of the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke, produced by the Royal College of Physicians is published today. The updated guidance is available online, accompanied by a version for people with stroke and their family/carers, which was produced with the lay members of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party, which includes representation from the British Dietetic Association.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and ...

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BDA member wins a national Nursery World award

Date: 28/09/2016

The British Dietetic Association wishes to offer congratulations to valued BDA member, Gillian Farren, who was awarded ‘Trainer of the Year’ at the national Nursery World awards on Saturday 24 September.

Gillian is currently working within the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) as a senior public health dietitian for early years, and as part of this, facilitates training programmes to support parents and children to eat healthier.

Through her role as a trainer, Gillian ...

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Report highlights inequities in cuts of CPD funding for AHPs and nurses

Date: 22/09/2016

The British Dietetic Association is pleased to see the report from the Council of Deans of Health which highlights the inequities in cuts of CPD funding for allied health professionals and nurses.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians (the only legally regulated nutrition professionals) in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with ...

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Nearly one in ten adults in England living with diabetes, and dietitians have a key role to play

Date: 21/09/2016

The new Diabetes Prevalence Model, produced by the Public Health England (PHE) National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network (NCVIN), and launched last week, estimates the total number of adults (16+) with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in England to be 3.8 million, much higher than was previously thought.

PHE also states that approximately 90% of diabetes cases are Type 2 which is largely preventable or manageable by lifestyle changes1. The British Dietetic Association (BDA) calls on the ...

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Public Health England National Diet and Nutrition Survey released

Date: 09/09/2016

Public Health England today has released the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey data*. This survey looks at what people in private households are eating across the UK and gives representative data of the nutrient intake of the UK population.

The British Dietetic Association is disappointed to see that only eight per cent of children aged 11-18 and 27% of adults aged 19-64 years are meeting the 5-a-day recommendation for fruit and vegetable intake with an average consumption of 2.8 ...

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BDA supports House of Commons Health Committee criticism of “false economy” of cuts to public health services

Date: 01/09/2016

The British Dietetic Association welcomes the Committee’s comprehensive report[i], which highlights the stark contradiction between the commitment to prevention and public health espoused by the central government and NHS England, and the reality of cuts and inconsistency on the ground.  

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest ...

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Much-delayed childhood obesity strategy “disappointing”, say dietitians

Date: 18/08/2016

The British Dietetic Association has expressed its disappointment at the “much diminished” Childhood Obesity Strategy published today by the government.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members. 

Key policies which could drive down obesity rates amongst ...

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New tool to help understand health research

Date: 08/08/2016

Today, a new tool Understanding Health Research has been launched to help people evaluate the credibility of research and studies.

Although health research appears in the media almost every day, most people find it difficult to know which studies are good quality, and which ones are not, which is where this tool aims to assist.

The tool takes users through a journey of questions to help them weigh up a research paper and assess credibility.

Although more and more scientific papers are now ...

BDA action taken against misuse of the title 'dietitian'

Date: 03/08/2016

Some of you may have seen a course recently advertised on various discount sites for £29, claiming to provide a qualification called Certified Dietitian Practitioner. Upon becoming aware of this course, the BDA contacted the HCPC and Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to take legal action if necessary. 

As the title ‘Dietitian’ is legally protected, the ASA has come to the conclusion that the advert “must not appear in its current form again”, and the ...

New supplement guidance stops athletes falling foul of doping rules

Date: 03/08/2016

The Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) is delighted to launch a vital Supplement in sport position statement which has been developed with support from UK Anti-Doping (UKAD). The statement is additionally endorsed by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and Informed-Sport.

SENr is hosted and managed by the British Dietetic Association. It is a voluntary register designed to accredit highly qualified ...

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BDA welcomes new Prime Minister and calls on government to take urgent action on obesity and position of EU-born healthcare professionals

Date: 14/07/2016

The British Dietetic Association, the Association for UK Dietitians, welcomes the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, and her new Cabinet colleagues, and looks forward to continuing to work with Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary.

In the government’s impending EU negotiations, we call for a constructive and speedy solution, to reduce uncertainty and potential economic impacts which could negatively affect the UKs health services. We ask the government to reassure our members from the EU, ...

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BDA Award Winners Announced!

Date: 17/06/2016

The British Dietetic Association hosted its annual Awards Dinner on the evening of 16 June 2016 in Birmingham. The BDA Awards were overseen by Honorary Chair Dr Fiona McCullough.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members.

BDA Winners June 2016

L-R back row: Janie Faulkner on behalf of ...

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Three dietitians recognised in Birthday Honours

Date: 13/06/2016

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is delighted that three UK dietitians have been recognised for their contributions in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours, a testament to their expertise and hard work and the importance of the dietetic profession.

Dr Miranda Lomer, who works as a Senior Consultant Dietitian in Gastroenterology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London, has been awarded an MBE for services to Dietetics and Gastroenterology.  Dr Lomer is a ...

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Sport and Exercise Nutritionists Commit to Protect Clean Sport

Date: 25/05/2016

The Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) has partnered with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to develop a “Clean Sport Commitment Statement”, demonstrating their support for clean sport and their role in protecting athlete support personnel (ASP) from inadvertently breaking the anti-doping rules.

SENr is hosted and managed by the British Dietetic Association. It is a voluntary register designed to accredit those individuals who have the competency to work autonomously with ...

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The BDA’s response to recent National Obesity Forum claims

Date: 23/05/2016

The British Dietetic Association does not support recommendations made by the National Obesity Forum in regards to reversing obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members.

The National Obesity Forum (NOF) today made claims that increasing fat ...

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Allied Health Professionals and Public Health: 2016 Survey

Date: 05/05/2016

Today sees the launch of a national public health survey for AHPs and their teams and the British Dietetic Association encourages members to take part.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members. 

The aim of the survey is to improve understanding of the preventative ...

Online workshop on future of AHPs launched – have your say!

Date: 29/04/2016

The BDA is thrilled that Suzanne Rastrick, NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Advisor, has launched an online workshop for all AHPs which will help form a national declaration, strategy and programme of work for the professions.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over ...

Allied Health Professions can work together to transform care of the future

Date: 11/04/2016

The BDA is pleased to see that today Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England, has announced plans to create a new vision of how Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in England can be used more effectively in the health, social and wider care system. Read Suzanne Rastricks's full blog post online.

photo Suzanne RastrickThe British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the ...

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New version of the Eat Well Plate

Date: 17/03/2016

The British Dietetic Association is pleased to announce that Public Health England has today released an updated version of the Eat Well Plate

eat well plate

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for registered dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members.

The Eat Well Plate (EWP) is a pictorial summary ...

Happy Birthday to the BDA – Association celebrates 80th anniversary!

Date: 15/03/2016

Wednesday 16 March sees the British Dietetic Association (BDA) celebrating a very special occasion – its 80th birthday.

The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members. 

In 1936, the BDA held its very first meeting in the Grand Committee Room at St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road in ...

Eating Well Living Well – new publication launched today!

Date: 14/03/2016

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is pleased to announce that today sees the launch of a new magazine publication Eating Well Living Well (EWLW), produced in conjunction with the BDA.

The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for registered dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members.

Targeted at dietetic patients, clients and the general ...

Fantastic news from Minister George Freeman, supplementary prescribing becomes a reality for the dietetic profession

Date: 26/02/2016

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is delighted to share breaking news that dietitians have been granted supplementary prescribing rights. This significant decision made by Minister George Freeman, means that advanced level and experienced dietitians, who have successfully completed an approved post graduate education and training programme, will be able to prescribe medicines for their patients under a clinical management plan.

The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association ...

Dietitian Contributes to GP Guidance

Date: 06/10/2014

Dietitian Contributes to GP Guidance: Management of nutrition following bariatric surgery

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BDA member Mary O’Kane is one of the authors of a new document aimed to assist GPs in the management of nutrition for patients following bariatric surgery.

Patients who are severely obese will have struggled with their weight for many years before going forward for bariatric surgery.

Whilst bariatric surgery is an aid to weight loss, dietary and behavioural changes are essential for ...

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NHS England publishes Annual Review

Date: 16/09/2014

NHS England has published its first Annual Review.

This review takes a look at some of its highlights over the last year and includes real life case studies which show how patients are put first.

Despite many challenges, 2013/14 was a year to be proud of and one where NHS England made real progress on making some of its ambitions reality.

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Dietitians Have Key Role in New Hospital Food Announcement

Date: 29/08/2014

Hospitals have a responsibility to provide the highest level of care possible for their patients and this includes the quality and nutritional value of food that is served and eaten.

For the first time, the NHS (England) will have a set of required food standards, and hospitals in England will be ranked on the quality of their food. This is part of wider measures aimed at raising healthcare standards.

photo Anne DonelanThe Hospital Food Standards Panel, chaired by Dianne Jeffrey from Age UK, and involved Anne ...

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Dietitians move a step closer to gaining supplementary prescribing rights.

Date: 20/08/2014

Ministers have given the green light for proposals to extend prescribing rights for the Dietetic, Paramedic, Radiography and Orthoptist professions to progress to public consultation later this year.

Read more on our Prescribing page.

NHS Outcomes Framework Review open consultation

Date: 08/08/2014

The Department of Health is asking for views on the current proposals and long term planning for the NHS outcomes framework. It asks specific questions on four main areas of the framework: mental health, children and young people, health inequalities and patient experience/safety.

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Response to NICE public health guideline on Vitamin D

Date: 10/07/2014

 

Consultation Response

NICE public health guideline on Vitamin D: implementation of existing guidance to prevent deficiency

The Paediatric Specialist Group responded on behalf of the BDA. They highlighted the need for the guideline development group to provide clear guidance for health professionals on the supply of, and access to, vitamin D supplements. In particular, the Healthy Start supplements, and the need to addresses barriers in relation to knowledge and attitudes.

The ...

New Allergen Toolkit for Healthcare Catering Launched

Date: 09/07/2014

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), through its Food Counts! specialist group, and the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) have worked together to produce and launch a new toolkit that addresses food allergies/intolerances within healthcare catering settings.

The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 7,500 members.  The BDA ...

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Debate on sugar reduction kick-started

Date: 26/06/2014

Public Health England (PHE) has published a paper, “Sugar Reduction: Responding to the Challenge”, marking its commitment to help reduce sugar intake and improve the nation’s health.

PHE is calling on stakeholders, including NGOs, charities, academics, industry, retailers and consumers, to collaborate in tackling this increasingly serious public health concern.

PHE’s paper analysis of dietary data and discussions with stakeholders have identified a range of areas that ...

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Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) draft report: Carbohydrates and Health

Date: 26/06/2014

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) draft report Carbohydrates and Health has been issued (26 June 2014). The report is subject to a public consultation which closes on 1st September 2014.

Speaking of the report’s release, the BDA Honorary Chairman, Siân O’Shea, commented:

Sian O'Shea“The BDA welcomes the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition draft report Carbohydrates and Health and we will consider the recommendations carefully.  

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Trust a Dietitian (and others…) During ‘Week of Action’

Date: 20/06/2014

The BDA is delighted to be fully supporting the public health practitioners ‘Week of Action’, which aims to highlight the value and contributions of those health practitioners in improving the health and wellbeing of the nation.

The ‘Week of Action’ is being led by the Director of Nursing and allied health professions leads for Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health (DH).

Speaking about the ‘Week of Action’ the Director of Nursing at PHE, ...

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Thank you from Dietitians Week

Date: 16/06/2014

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To all those who took part and supported Dietitians Week: Thank you so much for making it an amazingly successful week.

Dietitians Week spawned literally hundreds of local events around the UK and beyond, around the globe.  Dietitians Week was also represented in the four UK main houses, namely Westminster, Welsh Assembly, Stormont and the Scottish Parliament.  We also used social media like never before and had a massive impact which was amplified to well over one million people.

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Dietitians Week: Where Are The 'Guyatitians' (male dietitians)?

Date: 11/06/2014

As part of Dietitians Week, the British Dietetic Association (BDA), looks at why the dietetic profession is almost exclusively female!  Where are all the male dietitians?  Or, as they have become known in some circles, Guyatitians!

Dietitians Week, organised by the BDA, is running the week commencing 9th June 2014 and, in addition to events being organised by the BDA, BDA members are running well in excess of 100 individual events around the UK from the tip of the country in Devon ...

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BDA Vision - a success!

Date: 06/06/2014

BDA Vision was held on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 June 2014 at Novotel, Broad Street, Birmingham. With over 100 people attending the two day event, there was lively atmosphere and discussion during the conference.

The programme ‘Outcomes and Impacts’ included discussions from Judyth Jenkins, Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board, Linda Hindle, Public Health England, Michele Sandelson, London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Barts NHS Trust, Andrew Nwosu, Regional Allied Health ...

Dietitians Week: BDA and Top Twitter Chat Partnership Announced

Date: 03/06/2014

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), is pleased to announce it will be partnering with one of the UK’s foremost monthly food and nutrition Twitter ‘chats’ #RDUK during Dietitians Week in June.  Experts will debate meat-free eating, fat facts and nutrition truths/facts.

Dietitians Week, organised by the BDA, runs over the week commencing 9th June 2014 and, in addition to events being organised by the BDA, BDA members are leading well in excess of 100 individual ...

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The World’s First Dietitians Week to be Launched by the BDA

Date: 02/06/2014

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is proud to announce the launch of the world’s very first Dietitians Week!

Dietitians Week 2014 logoDietitians Week, organised by the BDA, runs over the week commencing 9th June 2014 and, in addition to events being organised by the BDA, BDA members are running well in excess of 200 individual events around the UK from the country of Devon to the Isles of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides (in addition to events happening around the globe)!  Dietitians Week is the ...

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First Major Retailer to go 'Junk-Free' at the Checkout

Date: 22/05/2014

The high-street supermarket Tesco has announced, following new customer research, that it will remove sweets and chocolates from checkouts across its full range of stores.

Tesco is going to go ‘junk-free’ at their checkouts.

photo Linda HindleLinda Hindle from the British Dietetic Association commented:

“This announcement from Tesco is warmly welcomed and goes to show they are listening to what the British Dietetic Association, in partnership with Sustain’s Children’s Food ...
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BDA Policy Officer vacancy

Date: 09/05/2014

There is an exciting opportunity to join us at the BDA as BDA England Policy Officer.

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