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Membership Benefits

Being a member of the BDA membership community provides dietetic professionals with a bespoke range of vital benefits and services (worth over £2,000 per year) to support them in their day-to-day dietetic practice. 

BDA Benefits Overview Benefit by BDA membership category



Find out what existing members say is the best thing about being a part of the BDA.

Top Valued benefits

Members consistently rank these as the most valued BDA benefits they couldn't do without:

Professional Indemnity Insurance

We provide our full, associate and student members with Professional Indemnity Insurance for up to £10million in any one claim and up to £20million in aggregate for the membership year, covering practice in all areas of the world apart from America, Canada and Cayman Islands. This insurance is suitable (and essential) liability cover for dietetic professionals in their day-to-day roles and is a mandatory and legal requirement of the HCPC.

Trade Union & BDA Legal

Our Trade Union provides BDA full & associate members bespoke, expert support and advice for any workplace issue you may face. Our Union team support issues including restructuring or redundancy, disciplinary, sickness, grievance, workload or discrimination, and support any follow up including representation and attendance at legal hearings. Unlike some of the larger and more expensive generalist Unions, the BDA Union has years of specialist experience representing the dietetic profession.

BDA Legal

Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN)


We provide our BDA member community with useful regular e-zines to keep them informed and aware of the latest news, views and research across the profession. 


BDA Legal advice and support

All BDA members (and their families) are provided with a useful set of bespoke legal services across a wide range of areas, including: FREE 24/7 legal advice helpline, employment law advice across a broad range of issues, free will writing, fixed rate conveyancing, personal injury, free motor claims service, family law service, power of attorney and much more.


Unlimited access to the huge Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) online system is worth £390 per person per year, but is included as part of BDA membership.
The PEN system was developed 'by dietitians for dietitians'. It condenses and summarises the entire nutrition and dietetic evidence-base on more than 200 nutrition and dietetic-related topics. It then gives dietetic professionals (and students) practical guidance to help apply to dietetic practice. 

Professional resources

We provide practitioners with useful tools and resources to support their busy daily practice. From policy statements and practice guidance documents such as safe staffing and caseload management resources, to the latest food fact sheets, campaigning resources and influencing toolkits.

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Specialist Group Access

Access to join one or more of our 18 BDA Specialist Groups, covering a wide range of dietetic areas from Paediatric to Older People, Parenteral Nutrition to Diabetes, and everything in between.

Groups offer the most current information, leadership, and expertise to members working or specialising in a range of professional areas. By joining a group, members will have access to online discussion networks, expert professional knowledge and resource updates, CPD events, specialist news, awards and more. 

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BDA Branches

Being part of your local BDA branch is part of BDA membership. Our network of 13 branches are spread regionally across the UK, and offer members the chance to attend excellent high quality, low cost CPD and networking events with dietetic colleagues and students in their local area.  

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Keeping you Informed

We keep members up to date and informed with all the latest dietetic news, developments and views from across the profession through monthly editions of the official members magazine Dietetics Today, a range of monthly member ezines and through our active social media channels. Our member discussion forum provides a useful platform for discussing a range of topics, requesting expertise, and inviting research participation from across the membership.