BDA Trade Union position on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for NHS staff

Following the disappointing decision taken by Parliament on 14 December to introduce mandatory COVID vaccinations for all NHS staff, the BDA would like to reiterate our position of opposition.

Consultation on pay in Wales agreed

The BDA has balloted its Wales NHS Members on the additional offer and the result is to accept additional enhancements.

BDA Response to National Food Strategy

The BDA has published its detailed response to part two of the National Food Strategy (NFS): ‘The Plan’ following its release in July 2021.

BDA Fellowship awardee: Fiona Huffer

Fiona Huffer is the Chief Allied Health Professional at West Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership. Fiona was awarded a BDA Fellowship in 2021.

NHS Pension Scheme (Scotland) Advisory Board McCLoud Remedy Update

Position on Article 12c of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation

Joint Association for Nutrition (AfN) and BDA position regarding Article 12c of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation.

BDA Fellow Professor Kevin Whelan appointed to government nutrition advisory committee

Fellow of the British Dietetic Association, Professor Kevin Whelan, has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).

Update on NHS pay consultation in England and Wales 2021

Find out the results of the consultation exercise on the government pay awards in England and Wales we recently asked members to take part in.

BDA Trade Union position on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

The BDA Trade Union National Executive Committee has taken a clear and definitive position in opposition to any attempts to make the take-up of the vaccination mandatory.

Allergen labelling law is changing

From today, 1 October 2021, the requirements for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling will change in the UK.

Dietitians welcome new 10-year healthy weight strategy

The BDA welcomes the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA) launch of ‘Turning the Tide: a 10-year Healthy Weight Strategy’ today, 28 September 2021. 

Response: Government to restrict unhealthy food promotions

The BDA has welcomed government’s confirmation that promotions on food and drinks high in fat salt or sugar (HFSS) in retailers will be restricted from October 2022.

Delayed pay rise will leave staff disappointed, say health unions

Health unions representing 1.2 million NHS staff in England have responded to the 3% NHS pay rise announced by the government, which accepts the recommendation made by the independent pay review body.

Elsie Widdowson honoured with blue plaque

Elsie's blue plaque, from Cambridge, Past, Present and Future, was financed by the Nutrition Society, the British Dietetic Association, the British Nutrition Foundation and the Royal Society.

Response: New advertising rules to help address childhood obesity

Following a public consultation, the UK Government has now announced that regulations will come into force (by the end of 2022) to introduce a 9pm watershed for advertisements of foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS).

BDA supports launch of Moving Forward Stronger paper

The BDA has contributed towards a new paper calling for urgent action to help those with long term conditions who may have declined during the pandemic due to a lack of support.

BDA praises skilled professionals from around the world who choose to work in the NHS

Baroness Harding’s reported promise to “end the reliance on foreign doctors and nurses” fails to recognise the central role that health and care professionals from outside the UK have played in the NHS throughout its history. We are once again disappointed by the focus of this government on restricting those willing to work in the National Health Service rather than investment and support for the health service as a whole.

Dietitians reject RCN claim that AHPs are being recruited as replacements for nurses

Following recent concerns by the Royal College of Nursing, the BDA joins other AHPs in rejecting the assertion that Allied Health Professionals (which includes dietitians) are being recruited as replacements for nurses.

Dietitians sweep up at the AHA Awards

The Advancing Healthcare Awards 2021 recognised talented dietitians last month - including Joanne McKee who was named as the overall Allied Health Professionals (AHP) winner.

BDA Statement: Social media boycott

The BDA stands with our members, alongside our colleagues in the health, sport, association and trade union sectors, in challenging racist abuse online.

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