The BAPEN Executive Team
- Last Updated: 25 April 2016
Dr Simon Gabe, BAPEN President
Simon is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at St Mark's Hospital in Harrow. He Co-Chairs the Nationally commissioned Intestinal Failure service at St Mark’s, one of two centers in the UK funded to provide this service. Dr Gabe has a wide clinical experience in dealing with complex inflammatory bowel disease, especially with fistula development as well as intestinal failure, clinical nutrition, home parenteral nutrition and consideration of intestinal transplantation.
Ruth McKee, BAPEN Secretary
Ruth is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and has been involved in the nutrition team there for many years. Having trained in the West of Scotland, Aberdeen, Inverness and at St Mark’s, she has developed an interest in intestinal failure as a consultant surgeon and receives regular referrals of patients with acute and chronic IF. The GRI nutrition team looks after around 60 HPN patients from throughout the West of Scotland.
Her interest in training led to membership of the General Surgery Specialty Advisory Committee from 2000-2007, the Scottish Surgical Training Board, and the Education Committee of the Association of Coloproctology, all of which meant that nutrition appears in the syllabuses of various surgical specialties.
She was the Lead Clinician of the Scottish HPN Managed Clinical Network from 2002 until 2007 and is currently a member of the Scottish National Nutritional Care Board. Over the years her involvement in BAPEN has included the Education and Training Committee and the BAPEN teams course, Bapen Medical Committee and LLL teaching course.
Dr Nicola Burch, BAPEN Treasurer
Nikki is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and the Clinical Lead for Nutrition at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. As Chair of their Nutrition Steering Committee she oversees all aspects of nutrition in her Trust ensuring a high quality service. She has a specialist interest in intestinal failure and inflammatory bowel disease and leads the twice-weekly MDT Nutrition round across the Trust.
Prior to taking up her role as BAPEN Treasurer she was responsible for organising the annual BAPEN Medical Teaching Day and has been a member of the BAPEN Medical Committee for the past 3 years. She is also a member of the Undergraduate Nutrition Education Implementation Group at the Royal College of Physicians, which aims to improve standards of nutritional training and education in the undergraduate stage of medical training. In her spare time she enjoys cycling and taking part in triathlons and adventure races.
Wendy-Ling Relph, Officer
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.
Dr Trevor Smith, 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.
Ailsa Brotherton, Officer & Chair of Quality and Safety Group
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.
Ailsa is a member of BAPENs Quality and Safety Group and is involved in developing national nutrition policy and appropriate system levers.
Dr Andrew Rochford, Officer & Chair of Education and Training Committee
Andrew Rochford is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Newham University Hospital and Barts Health NHS Trust. He has been involved in BAPEN for several years as part of the Pan-London group and more recently through BAPEN Medical. His clinical interests include all aspects of nutrition and inflammatory bowel disease. Andrew holds a number of leadership roles within Barts Health and is particularly interested in quality improvement. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys music and is the Musical Director of the Hamsptead Sinfonietta.
Andrew has a strong reputation for multi-professional clinical education at both postgraduate and undergraduate level and took over as Chair of the Education & Training Committee in February 2014. The committee is keen to build on the success of the Decision Trees and will be working more closely with the regional reps and other BAPEN committees to ensure that education and training becomes a fundamental, and accessible benefit for our members.
Kate Hall MSc RD, BAPEN Communications Officer
Having previously worked as a dietitian within the NHS, I now work for a medical nutrition company using my dietetic background/experience in a different way. It is great to be part of such an active and passionate team within BAPEN and I have learned a lot whilst serving as Communications Officer for PENG, having previously liaised with BAPEN on communications-related topics on behalf of PENG; I now look forward to working with everyone in the role of BAPEN communications officer.
I have a keen focus on patients (and their carers), and also on increasing the profile of healthcare professionals in the front line, in getting us a greater voice in healthcare matters of national significance: I strongly believe that, with the coming changes in commissioning of services within the NHS, some of which are already coming into force, now is the time for us to secure higher profile in healthcare, so that our knowledge can be brought to bear and as a result that patient outcomes are improved. As Communications Officer I hope to represent members generally, support and work with the core groups, BAPEN office and BAPEN Council and others within BAPEN to encourage shared working.
Being a strong team player and with a drive to get others involved, I relish the opportunity to work together to help us achieve BAPEN's aims - putting patients at the centre of good nutritional care - and further build on the membership to both meet the needs of current/new members and also encouraging active members to be the voice of BAPEN locally. With the current challenging environment in which we all work it is now that we have the opportunity to make a real difference and the chance to play my part in the role of Communications Officer is really exciting.