Neonatal Standards

Competencies for Neonatal Dietitians - BDA

Dietitian Staffing on Neonatal Units - BDA

About dietitians in neonatal care

Dietitians can have a significant impact on the care of sick and premature babies providing, as part of the neonatal team, specialist nutritional advice facilitating improved outcomes to each infant and designing nutrition practice protocols and monitoring tools. By enhancing clinical effectiveness and avoiding clinical complications the role can lead to a reduced length of hospital stay with associated cost saving implications.

Professional Groups

Neonatal Dietitians Interest Group (NDIG) is a sub group of the Paediatric Group of the British Dietetic Association providing an informal network for neonatal dietitians from the UK and Ireland.

Neonatal Dietitians Interest Group (NDIG)


  • To establish a network of dietitians working in neonatology to share practice.
  • To create a forum for discussion of current issues within the field of neonatal nutrition.
  • To provide evidence based education and advice to non-specialists and specialists in the field of neonatology through meetings, study days and a network of experts who can be contacted for advice.
  • To develop links with other professional groups working in neonatology.
  • To undertake joint collaborative audit and research to develop formalised standards and publish work
    Committee details

Please contact them for support and information:

Chair: Catherine Turner, Specialist Neonatal Dietitian
Dept. of Nutrition & Dietetics, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust
Tel: 01174 145428

Membership Secretary: Nikki Lyttle, Neonatal Dietitian
Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital, Belfast
Tel: 028 90633499

Website Coordinator: 
Emily Quek, Neonatal Dietitian,
Dept of Nutrition and Dietetics, Broomfield Hospital, Mid-Essex NHS Trust
Tel: 01245 514383

British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) is registered in England & Wales under charity number 285357 at 5-11 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8SH.
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