Specialist Group of the Year Award

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

Specialist Group 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 Specialist Group committees to consider nominating for the Specialist Group 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.

Nomination form and criteria.

The three shortlisted Specialist Groups 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 Groups.

Specialist Group of the Year 2016

Congratulations to Renal Nutrition Specialist Group

Kate Hall and Harriet WilliamsRenal Nutrition Specialist Group were awarded Specialist Group 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 Specialist Group. The judges were impressed by the following achievements:

The Group continues to work tirelessly to advance the work of the profession and promote the role of renal Dietitians across the UK and further afield. Links with partner agencies, both within and outside of the NHS, continue to grow in strength and ensure dietetics remains a key component of renal care. Through their reputation and network, the scope of their work continues to grow and new opportunities arise which they embrace.

Highlights this year included:

  • The establishment of working party to address issues around use of phosphate additives
  • RNG Dietetic Workforce Survey 2015
  • Overview of nutritional considerations in the treatment of adult patients with acute kidney injury in hospital (November 2015).
  • Editorial and article in in Journal of Renal Nursing
  • RNG stand at British Renal Society Conference June 2015

Congratulations also goes to the two shortlisted Specialist Groups:

Previous winners


1Critical Care 2015 Ruth, Karen, Natasha and Fiona
Critical Care Specialist Group

Shortlisted: Mental Health Specialist Group and Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Specialist Group


Group of the Year NAGE (Older People) 2014
Older People Specialist Group (formerly NAGE)

Shortlisted: Obesity Specialist Group and Renal Nutrition Specialist Group


Food Counts l-r Maxine Cartz, Sian Burton, Helen Davidson, Helen Ream
Food Services (formerly Food Counts)

Shortlisted: Obesity Specialist Group and Paediatric Specialist Group