British Dietetic Association awards

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A team from the South West have received the Elizabeth Washington Award for educational work at the British Dietetic Association Awards 2024. The British Dietetic Association Awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by individuals in promoting the BDA and advancing dietetics.

“The Elizabeth Washington Award is given for a dietitian’s published/presented educational work within the discipline of nutrition and dietetics over the course of the preceding year,” explains Rachael Brandreth, Lead for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly AHP Council and AHP Faculty. “This is a prestigious honour, and all of us involved with the project are thrilled to have been recognised at this year’s awards.”

Rachael was part of the team awarded for their work in developing an eLearning package of 5 sessions, which is aimed at the multi-disciplinary team working with children and young people living with obesity and/or complications of excess weight.

Much of the development team were from the South West: dietitians Rachael Brandreth (NHSE and Cornwall Foundation Trust), Lisa Cooke (Bristol Children’s), Shelley Easter (Bristol Children’s), Julie Lanigan (University of Plymouth), psychologist Claire Semple (NHSE & Bristol Children’s) and social worker Rhian Augustus (Bristol Children’s).

“This work is part of the wider programme of work for which I am national Clinical Lead for in the Children and Young People NHSE team,” Rachael continues. “We have been focussing on developing an evidence base as well as on rolling out multi-professional services for children and young people living with severe obesity and/or Complications of Excess Weight (CEW). Louise Tee leads the service here in Cornwall that has been part of the programme since it began in 2021. The e-learning is focussed on professionals working in these services, but it’s also good continuing professional development for anyone working in or interested in this area of practice.”

Other highlights included Professional achievement honours for Lisa Cooke (Bristol Children’s) to acknowledge outstanding personal commitment and exceptional contribution to the profession of dietetics. The Paediatric specialist group and neonatal sub-groups also won for their categories. Although these are UK-wide groups, dietitians from Cornwall are very active members, driving the profession forward. The South West branch was also runner up for branch of the year.

Pictured: Lisa Cooke, Rachael Brandreth and Laura Stewart

Lisa Cooke, Rachael Brandreth and Laura Stewart receive awards

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