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The General Education Trust Awards

The General Education Trust Fund has a long history of supporting the science and practice of dietetics through the promotion of national awards which recognise the excellent work carried out by many British Dietetic Association (BDA) members, from publishing original research work, through to innovation in practice and educational resources.

The Awards for 2021 were announced at the BDA Virtual Awards in November. You can read our full round-up of the evening here.

Click on the Awards below for details on how to enter:


Rose Simmonds Award

The BDA’s most prestigious award. It is given for a dietitian’s original research publication published in a peer reviewed journal during the previous two years. Winner will receive £3,000.

Elizabeth Washington Award

Given for a dietitian’s published/presented educational work in the previous year, which is broadly within the discipline of nutrition and dietetics. Winner will receive £2,000.

Dame Barbara Clayton Award

Given for recent or current work which promotes dietetic innovation, and demonstrates benefits/positive outcomes for the profession and patients/clients. Winner will receive £2,000.


2021 Award winners

Dame Barbara Clayton Award

for dietetic innovation

Awarded to: Judyth Jenkins for Evaluating the Feasibility of Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis in Assessing the Nutritional Status of Patients Admitted to General Medical, Model Ward for Nutrition and Hydration Practises.

The judging panel said: "This work demonstrates innovation in patient care and is particularly interested in the potential for further development in the future. Of particular merit is the cross-profession expertise involved in the programme."

Elizabeth Washington Award

for a published/presented educational work

Joint winners: Mary O’Kane was named as a winner for Improving the nutritional assessment and nutritional aftercare of people undergoing bariatric surgery in the UK.

The judging panel said: "Excellent piece of rigorous multidisciplinary research which will give dietitians high standing outside the profession in addition to addressing an important dietetic issue for dietitians themselves."

Danielle Bear and Ella Terblanche also won the award for Critical Care Specialist Group Guidance on management of nutrition and dietetic services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The judging panel said: "This is an excellent resource produced quickly at a time of urgent need -really useful for dietitians as evidenced by their feedback."

Rose Simmonds Award

for a published piece of work in a peer reviewed journal

Awarded to: Lindsay Carnie for Impact on prognosis of early weight loss during palliative chemotherapy in patients diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.

The judging panel said: "The methods were robust, and it was innovative to use clinical data in this way. It is refreshing to see someone use retrospective clinical data to answer an important research and clinical question. You often see these data to evaluate practice but rarely for these purposes. The results are applicable to many areas of dietetic practice especially in cancer and therefore have significant impact in dietetics.

"This article demonstrates the importance of having a dietitian in the MDT. The discussion was very good and clearly showed the role dietitians have in preventing weight loss in cancer. This was clearly a MDT study; the team obviously valued the dietetic input as the dietitian was first author.

"The fact that this is a paper from an MD team suggests that it will have significant potential in raising the external profile of the profession."

Click here to read our full round-up of the 2021 BDA Awards Ceremony.

2020 Award winners

Dame Barbara Clayton Award

for dietetic innovation

Awarded to: Luise Marino, University Hospital Southampton for:

A quality improvement project (QIP) to improving growth in infants with congenital heart disease before surgery – the development and implementation of a consensus based pre-surgical nutritional pathway into a paediatric cardiology service.

Elizabeth Washington Award

for a published/presented educational work

Awarded to: Eirini Dimidi and Selina Cox from King’s College London for:

Fermented Foods: Definitions and Characteristics, Impact on the Gut Microbiota and Effects on Gastrointestinal Health and Disease.

Rose Simmonds Award

for a published piece of work in a peer reviewed journal

Awarded to: Danielle Bear from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for:

b-Hydroxy-b-methylbutyrate and its impact on skeletal muscle mass and physical function in clinical practice: a systematic review and meta-analysis.


Click here to read our full round-up of the 2020 BDA Awards Ceremony.

2019 Award Winners

“The Trust is always delighted to present these prestigious awards each year. It is a marvellous opportunity to acknowledge and showcase some of the very best examples of Dietetic practice which enhance and advance our profession.” Sue Acreman, GET Trustee.

Here are the General Education Trust Award Winners for 2019!

Elizabeth Washington Award

Awarded to Chris Cheyette for his book ‘Carbs and Cals Gestational Diabetes’.

“The judges agreed that Chris Cheytte’s book was the clear winner of this year’s Award. 

The book is now widely recommended by dietitians across the UK and is the only published book for gestational diabetes that is supported by Diabetes UK. It provides Dietitians and other health care professionals a useful resource to be able to demonstrate portion sizes, meal and snack ideas whilst also providing evidence based information on how to manage the condition.”

Rose Simmonds Award

Awarded to Sorrel Burden of the University of Manchester for her published work “Pre-operative oral nutritional supplementation with dietary advice versus dietary advice alone in weight losing patients with colorectal cancer”.

“Despite a wide range of entries the judges were unanimous in their decision for a number of reasons. The study demonstrates clear patient benefits that can be achieved at relatively low cost through an intervention that could be incorporated into routine dietetic practice.  Outcomes can be easily recorded or measured by HCP and other members of the MDT.  The methodology can easily be applied to other areas of dietetics and the research has high potential to raise the profile of dietetics.”

Pat Judd Travel Bursary

Pat Judd would have been delighted with the inspiring proposal submitted by the winning applicant, Tabitha Ward from Glasgow Caledonian University. Tabitha will utilise the bursary to go to Nepal and participate in a nutrition education programme.

She will be involved in classroom education and culinary classes for families, aimed at improving the nutritional status of children and women through positive changes in nutritional behaviour. The programme allow her to gain experience in delivering vital health education to those most in need.

2018 Award Winners

Dame Barbara Clayton Award

Awarded to Adele Robertson and Lisa Macleman for innovation and excellence in dietetic practice for their work Florence and the low FODMAP diet: Improving dietetic capacity and patient pathway with telehealth.

"The judges agreed that the work of  Adele supported by Lisa from NHS Highland was the clear winner of this year’s Award. The entry demonstrated innovation and new ways of working through the use of technology which is readily accessible i.e the use of FLORENCE, an NHS Telehealth service. 

It demonstrated that a change in working practice/service delivery can increase capacity without being allocated further resource.  Importantly the work can be readily applied by Dietitians in other areas of the UK as a basis for managing the growing numbers of patients with IBS who are being managed with the Low FODMAP diet. The principles could also be adapted for use in other conditions." - Morag D MacKellar OBE, GET Awards Co-ordinator

Rose Simmonds Award

Awarded to Avril Collinson and Mary Hickson for their published work Future Dietitian 2025: Informing the development of a workforce strategy for dietetics.   

"The winning entry for this year’s Rose Simmonds Award is a robust paper describing an excellent   piece of original and practical clinical research.  The work – Future Dietitian 2025 – was undertaken to inform the development of a workforce strategy for dietetics for the next 10 years and has identified a number of key recommendations. 

Implementation these will ensure that the Dietetic profession continues to adapt and change to meet future healthcare needs and keep the profession at the forefront in terms of nutrition and dietetics." - Morag D MacKellar OBE, GET Awards Co-ordinator