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.
Dr Daniel Rogers, BAPEN Secretary
Dan is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at University Hospitals of Leicester and has a particular interest in patients with intestinal failure. He co-runs the home parenteral nutrition clinic and also runs a multi-disciplinary high output stoma clinic as well as regularly providing specialist nutrition input on the surgical wards. He also champions good nutrition, the posh tea round initiative and homegrown produce.
Dan is the Undergraduate Lead for Gastroenterology at the University of Leicester Medical School and has been steadily increasing the amount of nutritional care that medical students are taught and examined on.
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.
Liz Anderson, Officer
Liz Anderson is the Nutrition Nurse Specialist for Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust. Her role is to ensure that patients in her organisation have the correct nutrition via the correct route safely and to their comfort. This involves both clinical and educational work as well as developing policies and guidelines. It encompasses oral, enteral and parenteral nutrition. She works with all members of the MDT in promoting excellence and safety in nutritional care. She has a BA (Hons) in Nursing Practice, completing her dissertation in “Trained nurse’s attitudes to nutrition in hospital patients”. She also recently finished a Post Graduate certificate in Specialised Practice entitled ‘Nutrition In Nursing’.
Liz is the Chair of the National Nurses Nutrition Group as well as being a council member for BAPEN, a member of the Royal College of Physicians Nutrition Committee and represented Bucks Healthcare on the Department of Health Hospital Food Standards Panel which looked at patients’ experiences of hospital food and nutritional care. This resulted in the publication of the Hospital Food Standards Report.
She has represented the NNNG on a number of projects with NHS England, the Department of Health, NICE and the RCN. She is also a member of the NHS England Nutrition and Hydration Strategy Group. She has been published in a number of journals and speaks regularly at conferences nationally.
Dr Trevor Smith, Officer: Data and measurement
Trevor is a Consultant Gastroenterologist working in Southampton and, together with Professor 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.
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.