Caroline Bovey qualified as a Dietitian in Cardiff, Wales in 2004. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and is currently a Professional Doctorate Candidate at Cardiff University.
Caroline was awarded a BEM for Services to Equality in NHS Wales in 2016.
Caroline’s field of research is professional identity and professionalisation with a focus on developing individual and collective leadership for the profession.
As an HCPC registered Dietitian, who has been practicing for 15 years, Caroline’s practice has moved from an acute hospital setting, to a community rehabilitation hospital and more latterly currently a Public Health role.
Caroline also leads a Welsh Government funded programme specialising in capacity building through training Health, Social Care and Third Sector professionals and volunteers in food and nutrition skills using accredited training.
Throughout the course of her career Caroline has been a strong advocate for the benefits Professional Association membership and holds a firm belief that the British Dietetic Association (BDA) is stronger as a result of increasing member engagement.
As chair of the BDA, Caroline is promoting her theme of Public Health Dietetics encouraging a sea change in practice across the profession; the aim is that all Dietitians build primary and secondary disease prevention into their practice and take on wider roles in political and social influencing to effect improvements in public health.
Caroline is also encouraging the Association to make bold moves including forging stronger links across the complex cultural, environmental and political and social frameworks which influence food choice and availability, health and social care provision and which ultimately impact on the health and wellbeing of the nation.
The recent publication of “One Blue Dot” (OBD) is an excellent example of a platform which helps to make the Association’s Sustainable Food Policy reality.
Empowering practitioners to embed sustainability principles throughout their practice, the toolkit is a live document. OBD will support Dietitians to drive innovation, act as advocates for change and further develop scope of practice. This is at a time when the public are calling for greater evidence of social responsibility in all decision making and the profession and practice of Dietetics are a particular focus.