15 February 2016: Latest accreditations! BDA Work Ready Programme dietitians are now accredited in Liverpool, London, Belfast, Coventry, Nottingham, Warwick. We will be matching these dietitians with local businesses who are seeking advice on how to deliver a variety of health and wellbeing, personal development and community engagement initiatives around eating and drinking to help their people live life to the fullest. Contact us [link to contact page] to find out more.
2 February 2016: The BDA Work Ready programme team will be at the Health & Wellbeing at Work conference at the NEC next month http://www.healthatwork2016.co.uk/
Delegates at this annual event for the HR and occupational health sector already know that organisations benefit from investing in the wellbeing of their employees. If they commission wellbeing services which include nutrition, such as workshops on food and mood, food demos or behind-the-scenes work on canteens or vending, then the BDA will be on hand to help them make sure they're getting the best return on investment.
If you will be at the show, visit our Work Ready dietitians on STAND 142 to find out how you can help your people make healthier food choices (and why it's great for business) or call us ahead of the event to arrange a time to meet for a longer discussion - 0121 2008030.
The first 100 visitors to the stand can collect a FREE 48 page evidence review (White Paper: Supporting healthier working lives through dietitian-led wellness initiatives') which shows how best to structure nutrition interventions.
25 January 2016: After the successful pilot of the BDA Work Ready Programme training course to accredit dietitians last month, this second edition being held at The Studio in Birmingham will go on to accredit more members to deliver the programme.
The steering group is also announcing 2 more dates for the training programme today: Monday 28 February and Monday 4 April. For full details, BDA members should visit www.bda.uk.com/events.
2 December 2015: The training programme to accredit the BDA Work Ready programme dietitians is being piloted today. It has been designed to give dietitians already experienced in health promotion a refresher on the latest evidence and best practice in workplace wellbeing, and equip them to deliver the BDA Work Ready programme. The day has been designed by the steering group and is being facilitated by BDA Chairman, Fiona McCullough, with support from Elaine Gardner, Sue Baic and Jo Lewis.
The dietitians in this first group will complete an assessment activity to complete their accreditation. This accreditation will allow them to use an exclusive logo, and access the BDA Work Ready programme tools and documents including:
- The systematic review underpinning the White Paper document
- A campaign toolkit with information on measures and outcomes, practical issues on implementation, MECC (Make Every Contact Count)
- Proforma for a Nutrition Needs Assessment (and report template)
- BDA Policy on healthier catering and ordering proforma for clients
- A workshop toolkit including factsheet and presentation materials
10 November 2015: "Allied Health Professionals can help build a healthier NHS". News story from NHS England to support the BDA Work Ready Programme.
Read the full story here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/11/healthy-workforce/.
13-16 September 2015, TUC Congress Brighton - Programme launch
The Trade Union Congress is made up of 54 affiliated trade unions – including the BDA Trade Union – and represents 6.2 million working people from all walks of life. Congress is the policy making body of the TUC and hosts a formal conference where unions make calls to action ('motions'). These calls to action, once accepted, become TUC policy and the BDA has successfully had motions around malnutrition in the elderly and healthy checkouts accepted at previous meetings.
This year, to align with the BDA Work Ready Programme, the BDA is presenting a motion on healthier workplaces, asking unions to '…fully recognise the critical importance of a healthy workforce which, ultimately, ensures we have a nation of workers who live healthier and longer lives, which benefits UK workplaces and society as a whole.'
We have high hopes that it will be agreed and look forward to driving the message forward to influence at all levels – to generate demand for our services and create new capacity for the dietetic profession.
We are also launching the 'BDA Work Ready Programme' to this key audience with an exhibition stand at the event. This will feature the programme branding, showcase the BDA White Paper on nutrition interventions aimed at improving individuals working lives, share top tips for different types of workplaces, showcase the first programme resources and start to get sign-ups.
Follow us on twitter for launch updates @BDAWorkReady.
To find out more about the BDA Work Ready Programme or be put in touch with one of our accredited dietitians, please call us on 0121 2008030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.