BDA Courses (CED)

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The BDA Centre for Education and Development (CED) provides quality assured education and continuing professional development programmes for dietitians and dietetic support workers.

For dietitians, the CED currently offers courses in specialist areas of dietetic practice, professionalism skills and leadership and management competencies.  Courses are provided to suit those at different levels of the career framework, although following a BDA member survey, the target audience for courses in specialist areas of dietetic practice has changed from entry to specialist level.

The BDA continues to run the successful Professional Development Award as well as offering support and guidance for those re-entering the profession or wishing to register from overseas.

A range of programmes are offered to provide formal training for dietetic support workers. These have been developed into a Dietetic Support Worker Award.  There are three core modules and one supplementary module.

Dietetic CPD Course Structure

BDA run CPD sits within a logical framework, thus you can easily identify the training which meets your needs.  It is delivered using a blended learning approach with protected networking time built in. To create a blended approach, introductory information, relevant questionnaires and post course learning is produced in a mobile learning format.

A range of programmes are offered to provide formal training for dietetic support workers (DSW). Three separate (core) modules can be taken individually or to form part of a broader DSW Award.  There is also a supplementary module for those working with groups of individuals / service users.

All programmes have clearly defined learning outcomes where the target audience is specified.  To explicitly link BDA CED courses with Dietetic Careers Framework levels for clarity.

Strand   1:  Nutrition / Dietetic KnowledgeTarget Audience
DSW Award Module 3:  Nutrition and Nutrition Support DSW 
DSW Award Module 5: Nutrition & Nutritional Support in Children DSW
Coeliac Disease Update: An Overview of Management  Higher EL, SD, HP
Management of Chronic Kidney Disease stages 1-3  Higher EL, SD
Management of Chronic Kidney Disease stages 4-5 Higher, SD
Management of Cow’s Milk Allergy in Infants and Children  Higher EL, SD, HP
Consolidating Dietetic Practice in Diabetes  Higher EL, SD
Building a Working Knowledge of Parenteral Nutrition  Higher EL, SD
Introduction to The Principles of Behaviour Change  AP,   EL, HP

Dietetic Practice in Diabetes – the Next Step

SD,   ADP
Building on the Skills and Knowledge of Enteral Nutrition   Higher EL
Introduction to the Clinical Management of Childhood Obesity  Higher EL, SD, HP
Introduction to Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Eating Disorders  Higher EL
Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Dietetic Management and Symptom Control Higher EL
Strand 2: Personal Effectiveness Skills
DSW Award Module 1:  Ethics and Professionalism  DSW
DSW Award Module 2:  Communication Skills DSW
Your CPD: from policy, to portfolio, to profile All Dietitians, HP
Research Workshop: Abstract writing and poster presentation  All dietitians, HP
BDA Professional Development Award*  All dietitians

The BDA, The Registered Professional and the Media: Skills for a Professional and Effective Relationship

All dietitians
Strand 3: Business and Leadership Skills
Writing and Presenting Business Cases in Dietetic Services  SD,   AP

Clinical Leadership, Quality Service Improvement and Commissioning for Dietitians’

SD,   AP
DSW Supplementary Module:  Planning and Running Group Sessions DSW   (any member of the dietetic team)

Key:  Dietetic Support Worker (DSW); Assistant Practitioner (AP); Entry Level Dietitian (EL); Specialist Dietitian (SD); Advanced Dietetic Practitioner (ADP); Returners to Practice (R2P), Other Health Professionals (HP)

*The BDA continues to run the successful Professional Development Award as well as offering support and guidance for those re-entering the profession or wishing to register from overseas.

Ensuring Quality of Provision 

The CED is committed to providing quality assured education. There are a number of quality processes to ensure that this is provided.

Course development is conducted by a relevant specialist (either a BDA Specialist Group, an advanced practitioner or an educationalist).   The course is then assessed by a CPD assessor and processed through BDA endorsement.  Post course delegate feedback is collected on each occasion of running and a substantial review is undertaken every 2 years or when a major change to practice is introduced.

Facilitators and speakers are required to have previous teaching experience and are currently working at an advanced level in the required course specialism.

The requirements of the franchise centres are set out in a franchise handbook and must be followed by each franchise centre.

CED Members' Survey

In 2013 provision of CED courses was undertaken and this involved a BDA member survey.  Comments were sought on current CED provision and the vision for the future, including mobile and flexible learning.