Each Specialist Group and Branch is run by a committee of motivated and passionate volunteer members. They give their time and expertise, to ensure that the profession develops and advances through education, networking and resource development. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, click the dropdowns to find out how you can get involved today.
With busy lives, it can be tempting not to make the time to give something back but you, and your employer, can gain significant benefits from volunteering with the BDA. The right opportunity can help you find new contacts and friends, learn new skills and even advance your career.
There are a number of benefits to getting involved with your Specialist Group or Branch committee including:
Develop valuable job skills – volunteering is a great way to discover something that you are really good at and also develop new skills. Many roles offer the opportunity to gain career enhancing skills, such as leadership, project management, marketing, and negotiating and finance management. We also offer formal training for some roles.
Make new contacts and friends – volunteering gives you the opportunity to broaden your networks and can expose you to new friends who have common interests. It is also a fantastic opportunity to meet new people who may become future colleagues or mentors. Many committee members also find it fun and make great friends!
Develop the profession – working as part of a committee team, you are leading and ensuring the provision of CPD, providing vital opportunities for dietitians to network and offering them the opportunity to hear updates and best practice in a wide variety of different areas. This is contributing to the development and advancement of the profession and ultimately driving demand for dietetics.
It’s never too early to engage with the dietetic community outside of university. It can be a hugely daunting prospect as it’s easy to imagine your contribution or voice will be ill-received because of lack of experience.
The Obesity Specialist Group nominated me for the Student Champion award, which has shown me how valued and appreciated all voices and continuations are - and how open other RDs are to encouraging the development of the next generation, outside of an education setting. I hope it will inspire other students to get involved in specialist groups and other non-university opportunities.
Linsey Cockburn, 2021 Student Champion & Obesity Specialist Group Committee Member
East Midlands Branch
The following positions are available for nomination
There are currently four members filling all of the Branch roles. The members are all experienced committee members and are offering members the opportunity to shadow their roles before taking the lead. If you are interested in getting involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or submit a nomination form for the role that you are interested in.
South West Branch
The South West Branch has various committee roles available, please contact Carlena to learn more.
If you would like to put yourself forward for a committee role, please submit a nomination form to email@example.com
North West England North Wales
The following positions are available for nomination
If you are interested in joining this active and innovative committee please send a nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialist Group Opportunities
Freelance Specialist Group
The Freelance Specialist Group is looking for enthusiastic and proactive members to join its committee in the following roles
Submit a nomination form to Volunteers@bda.uk.com to get involved in building a new and exciting committee!
Cystic Fibrosis Specialist Group
The Cystic Fibrosis Specialist Group is looking for enthusiastic and proactive members to join its committee in the following roles:
Submit a nomination form to email@example.com by 30 April to get involved our exciting committee!
Neurosciences Specialist Group
The Neurosciences Group are looking for enthusiastic committee members in the following roles:
Submit a nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 May to get involved our exciting committee!
Head and neck sub-group
The Head and neck sub-group are looking for enthusiastic committee members in the following roles:
Submit a nomination form to email@example.com to get involved our exciting committee!
The GI sub-group are looking for an enthusiastic Secretary to join their committee.
Submit a nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Public Health Specialist Group
The Public Health Specialist Group are looking for new members to get involved and lead the group to success.
The following positions are available:
Submit a nomination form to Phnsg@bda.uk.com to get involved!
Obesity Specialist Group
The Obesity group are looking for new members to get involved and lead the group to success
- Ordinary member
- Social Media Officer (Facebook)
- Student MemberX2 - click here for the student nomination form
- Training Officer X2
Submit a nomination form to email@example.com by the 24 August to get involved!
Optimising Nutrition Prescribing Specialist Group
The Optimising Nutrition Prescribing group are looking for new members to get involved and lead the group to success.
Submit a nomination form to PrescribingSupport@bda.uk.com to get involved!