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Digital healthcare is high on the Allied Health Professions agenda at NHS England & Improvement and  reinforces this.

The BDA is committed to making sure our members are well equipped with the tools and resources to be able to embrace this change. From the transition to electronic record keeping, to using technological innovations in dietetic practice, dietitians can access resources from the BDA to support the digital healthcare journey. 

All dietitians need to be:

Digitally ready

The journey from paper to electronic record keeping can come with challenges.

To smooth this transition, Digital Leadership is essential. Some trusts now have clinical information officers (CIO) in post that bridge the gap between the IT team and clinicians. Whilst these are roles are a valuable resource, informal digital leadership can be even more powerful. This comes from within your teams. Dietitians who have a keen interest in digital leadership can take this to the next level and apply to the .

Working to develop Digital Literacy is another step to becoming digitally ready. Health Education England offers which can be used to identify and develop your digital needs. 

Digitally mature

Digitally mature services:

  1. Use electronic record keeping effectively
  2. Integrate data capture into electronic record keeping.
  3. Allow for easy communication between health and care professionals
  4. Digitally enables service transformation 

The use of electronic health records should be optimised. Dietitians need to engage with this process to make sure their IT systems are set up appropriately to enable timely and accurate clinically representative notes. IT services ensure this is done in a safe and secure way with general data protection regulations () in place. It is a dietitian's responsibility to create record keeping to allow for clinical effectiveness. If this is completed properly from the start, electronic record systems can pull data, and draw reports to evaluate practice, and demonstrate clinical effectiveness.


Our Record Keeping Standards are a useful resource to support dietitians with legislative requirements, and clinical standards (private/freelance dietitians will find these useful). Currently there is no 'one size fits all' electronic dietetic record so dietetic departments that are paperless may all be using something different. 

We are working closely with the to influence national standards for multi-disciplinary integrated electronic record standards. PRSB is working to improve interoperability on a national level – this means allowing all record systems talk to one another - making full health records easily accessible to inform safe care.

is the language computer systems used in the UK, and by many other countries worldwide. If we all use the same language this enables us to collect data at a national, and international level. Having access to rich data is the key to demonstrating the impact of dietitians.  

With support of , the BDA is creating a "Digital Dictionary for Dietitians”, available to all dietitians working within the national health service. This will allow integration into local electronic record keeping systems. It will be a useful tool for members already using SNOMED, and for members who are due to go paperless. 

We have also developed a template to support standardised electronic record keeping for dietitians. This integrates our Model and Care Process for Dietitians and Outcome Data Framework. Please use this to support your practice. 

Data enabled

Once dietitians are at the point of digital maturity, they will have the capacity to easily generate useful data. Data gives you the ability to make decisions about quality improvement, service developments and can make research easier.

There are five areas you can use data:


What dietitians can do to explore the use of data

Quality Improvement

  • Work with your CIO and/or IT solutions team to optimise the use of the available technology to support your quality improvement activities
  • Share and review examples through and
  • Join the


  • Take e-learning on digital clinical safety standards via
  • Identify what data can be collected that could be used to identify improvements in the safety of service users.
  • Work with your local  to develop solutions to identified problems.

Clinical Outcomes

  • Review how your outcome measures are currently recorded, used shared and acted on in your service or clinical area.
  • Check out our outcome tool to support the development of standardised outcomes that could demonstrate the value of your service to commissioners.

Service User & Staff Experience

  • Consider how service users access your services and the information available on line.
  • Consider how you could use the technology could capture Patient Related Experience Measures (or staff experience for managers).
  • Identify your Clinical Information Officer or a key contact at the IT solutions team.

Resource Sustainability

(for managers)

  • View NHS Improvement’s
  • View NHS Improvement’s
  • Ensure good data input into electronic staff records, electronic health records and e-rostering systems
  • Explore opportunities for innovation with service.


Here you will be provided with opportunities, insights and be able to share best practice.

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