BDA's Professional Development Toolkit

The new Professional Development toolkit comprises two elements:  guidance documentation and template proformas to support you in your approach to CPD; alongside an optional assessed Award (PDA).

The supporting documents section is available to all BDA members in an interative form on the BDA's Learning Zone.  The resource guides you through HCPC CPD requirements and gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your participation in activities which are of a high quality and further your own dietetic practice.

The Professional Development Award (PDA) element of the toolkit relates to the external assessment of completed documentation. This aspect of the toolkit is optional.  By submitting for the PDA, you can be assured of the following:

  • Evidence will be received by the BDA and marked by an external BDA Assessor.  All assessors are registered dietitians with considerable professional and training experience;
  • Whether or not your submission is successful, you will be provided with constructive feedback on areas of good practice and areas that could be improved.  This will help you in your professional dietetic career both in preparation for HCPC audit and work related professional development reviews; 
  • Successful completion of the annual programme is recognised with a PDA certificate which will contribute to your portfolio of evidence.

Whilst completion of the toolkit cannot guarantee success if you are selected as part of the HCPC two year audit cycle, it can certainly provide you with the confidence that you have maintained your CPD in a professional and robust fashion.

The cost of the assessed Award is a flat fee of £75 upon document submission.

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The BDA's Professional Development Toolkit can now be found on the BDA's Learning Zone