The BAPEN Executive Team
- Last Updated on 31 July 2013
Dr Tim Bowling, BAPEN Chair
Tim has been a member of BAPEN Exec for a number of years in the positions of Honorary Secretary and Chair Elect.
Tim is a Consultant in Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition at the Nottingham University Hospitals. He runs the clinical nutrition service and a 9-bedded intestinal failure unit and spends much of his time looking after acute type 1 and 2 intestinal failure originating both from his local surgical wards and from further afield. He also runs the home TPN service.
His academic interests all lie within nutrition support and concentrate on the physiological responses to enteral feeding. He has published over 60 papers, has edited books on nutrition in cancer and on nutritional support and lectures widely.
Tim has outlined his vision for BAPEN under his Chairmanship which included the development of the new BAPEN website, clinical guidance for frontline teams and delivering improved membership benefits in addition to the political work that is ongoing.
Ailsa Brotherton, BAPEN Honorary Secretary
Ailsa joined BAPEN Exec at the AGM in 2010. She was Head of Acute Dietetics at the Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Trust before taking up the post of Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire.
In 2012 she undertook a secondment to the Department of Health's QIPP Safe Care workstream which delivered a national improvement programme with a focus on nutrition and hydration.
In addition to the role as Honorary Secretary, Ailsa is a member of BAPENs Quality Group and is involved in developing national nutrition policy and appropriate system levers.
Dr Nicola Simmonds, BAPEN Honorary Treasurer
Nicki has worked as a Consultant Gastroenterologist with an interest in Nutrition at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital since 1996. Until recently, she led the Nutrition Support Team (which won the NHS Team of the Year award in 2000) and chaired the Nutrition Steering Committee in Luton, dealing with all aspects of nutrition care in the hospital. She has interests in training junior doctors in nutrition and in ethics in relation to nutrition.
Nicki was introduced to BAPEN when it was founded in 1992 and in recent years has been a member of the Education and Training Committee and is currently Honorary Secretary of BAPEN Medical.
She has written the educational modules for junior doctors that are currently available on the BAPEN website (http://www.bapen.org.uk/e-learning/) and been involved in the BAPEN Quality Group and writing the Commissioning Toolkit.
Andrea Cartwright, Honorary Officer: Membership
Andrea took a lead role for membership on BAPEN Exec in 2012 and is a Consultant Nurse - Nutrition Support at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition Support, is a registered Specialist Practitioner in Adult Care and a Nurse Independent and Supplementary Prescriber.
Andrea was Chair of the National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG) 2006 – 2009 and has represented the NNNG on BAPEN Council since 2001 as both NNNG Secretary and Chair.
Andrea has been involved in many national working parties, most notably the NICE nutrition support guidelines (2006), and The Royal College of Physicians Feeding Oral Dilemmas (2010).
Dr Sheldon Cooper: Honorary Officer: Good Practice Guidance
Sheldon is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Nutrition Lead at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust in the West Midlands. During specialist training in the West Midlands he completed a Masters degree in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey. Subsequently he has undertaken an MD performing various epidemiological studies examining the aetiology of oesophageal adenocarcinoma; the research is currently being written up for completion of an MD, with several publications already achieved, and others in progress.
In 2009 he became a member of the BAPEN Medical committee (now ex-officio) and in 2010 joined the BAPEN Education and Training Committee, becoming Chair later that year, as well as Programmes Committee and BAPEN Council. This led to Sheldon being elected to BAPEN executive in 2011, and he is leading the development of BAPEN Good Practice Guidance.
Wendy-Ling Relph, Honorary Officer: Communications
Wendy is currently Matron for Nutrition and Quality at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. Over the last four years she has been a founding member of the lead group for implementing Essence of Care and sharing best practice across the Kent Health Economy. She leads on nutritional issues throughout the Trust, but is also involved in leading improvements by embedding the concepts within the national programmes of Harm Free Care and the Productive Wards.
Wendy has led multi-disciplinary teams including patients and their representatives to describe the Nutritional Quality Strategy for East Kent Acute Trust, including setting up a Nutritional Steering Group and Operational Groups, ensuring clear lines of responsibility and accountability from Ward to Board. She is currently working with the Community Teams to describe and embed a cross-boundary nutrition strategy for East Kent. Wendy is leading Communications for BAPEN and will be focusing on both internal and external Communications and working closely with Helen Lawn & Associates, BAPEN’s PR Company.
Dr Trevor Smith, Honorary Officer: Data and measurement
Trevor is a Consultant Gastroenterologist working in Southampton and, together with Dr Mike Stroud, leads a clinical nutrition and regional intestinal failure service. Trevor chairs the British Artificial Nutrition Survey (BANS) and is a member of BAPEN Council. He is also a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology Small Bowel and Nutrition Committee and the British Intestinal Failure Alliance (BIFA).
Trevor leads on data and measurement for BAPEN; in addition to exciting initiatives within BANS, BAPEN is focusing on the development of a nutrition ward to board dashboard and is exploring national data collection options for measuring performance and quality improvements in nutritional care.