Branch of the Year Award

The Branch of the Year Award recognises and highlights the immense work that the volunteer members give to Branches in developing and supporting the profession. It was launched in 2013 to thank volunteer members for their enthusiasm, commitment and time given to their Branch. It is also a great opportunity for Branches to celebrate and highlight all the fantastic work that has been achieved.

Branch committees are asked to submit a nomination, this is judged by a panel of BDA Council members and the Award is presented, on an annual basis, at the BDA Awards Dinner.

2017 Award

Deadline: 31 May 2017

The nominations are now open!

We are calling for all Branch committees to consider nominating for the Branch of 2017 Award. The deadline for nominations is 31 May 2017 and the Award will be presented at the BDA Awards Dinner on the 4 July 2017 in Birmingham.  Please download, complete the form and submit to nominate your Branch!

Nomination form and criteria.

The three shortlisted Branches will be announced on 9 June 2017 and a complimentary invitation to the Awards Dinner taking place on the evening of the 4 July will be sent to the shortlisted Branches.

Branch of the Year 2016
Congratulations to South West England Branch

South West England Branch were awarded Branch of the Year at the BDA Awards Dinner on the 16th June 2016 in Birmingham.  Congratulations to the committee on their recognition for all their hard work and time given to the Branch. The judges were impressed by the following achievements:

Kate Hall, Ann Ashworth and Louise WilkinsonPrevious to 2014, there had been no recent communication by the South West Branch to members (currently over 500), as there had been many years of inactivity.

Due to current NHS financial and other constraints, many SW dietitians find it difficult to attend educational events as they usually involve a long and possibly costly train or car journey. As it is such a huge geographical area (Isles of Scilly to Bristol) the SW Committee agreed and arranged duplicate meetings in 2015 in both the North (Bristol) and South (Plymouth) areas of the Branch to enable as many members as possible to attend.

We also:

  • Used EventBrite to promote and book their meeting online.
  • Meeting evaluation is via on-line (free) survey website which is more efficient and sustainable 
  • The committee communicate with their members using email and via the Branch web-site, as well as by using social media, such as Twitter (@BDA_SWEngland).
  • Useful ideas for improvement networking at meetings have been implemented such as name badges for attendees and/or an ice-breaker activity. 
  • Presentations are uploaded onto the Branch page of the BDA web-site, sharing knowledge with those unable to attend and the rest of the membership.

Congratulations also goes to the two shortlisted Branches:

Previous winners


Marjory collecting Glasgow and WScotland 2015
Glasgow and West Scotland Branch

Shortlisted: North West England and North Wales Branch. London Branch.


Branch of the Year - London 2014
London Branch

Shortlisted: Glasgow and West Scotland Branch.


Glasgow and West Scotland Branch Award 2014
Glasgow and West Scotland Branch

Shortlisted: Northern Ireland Branch and London Branch.