British Artificial Nutrition Survey (BANS)
Spotlight On... BANS Committee
Trevor Smith, BAPEN's BANS Committee Chair talks about the work of this important multi-disciplinary Committee, the benefits of BANS to healthcare professionals and the work that is underway to ensure BANS is fit for purpose going forward. Hear what he has to say and how you can get involved with BANS.
Members of the Committee are drawn from:
- BAPEN Medical – adult and children’s medical representatives
- BPNG (British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group)
- NNNG (National Nutrition Nurses Group)
- PEN Group (Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition of the British Dietetic Association)
- PINNT (Patients on Intravenous and Nasogastric Nutrition Therapy)
- One member representing the Nutrition Companies
- Four reporter representatives (one from each UK country)
- Academic representative
- ESPEN (European Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition) HANS representative
- Representative of Streets-Heaver Healthcare Computing
The British Artificial Nutrition Survey (BANS) was established in 1996 and consolidated work previously undertaken by the Salford HPN register and the Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Group (PEN Group) Home Enteral Tube Feeding (HETF) register. The BANS Committee, which reflects the multidisciplinary nature of BAPEN, publishes an Annual Report that can be accessed on the BAPEN website. BANS relies on the voluntary contributions of health care professionals to report data on adults and children receiving long term enteral tube feeding or parenteral nutrition.
The aims of BANS are to:
- Monitor trends in artificial nutrition support (ANS)
- Track treatment outcomes
- Establish structure of ANS services
- Identify problems associated with the use or lack of ANS
- Assess standards of care
BANS has been very successful at reporting trends in ANS over the last 10 years; reporting rates have been validated from anonymised data provided by nutrition companies. Detailed questionnaires have identified strengths and weaknesses in the structure of ANS services and highlighted regional variations in service provision. BANS data demonstrating inequity of access to home parenteral nutrition (HPN) services in England were instrumental in the development of the Strategic Framework for Intestinal Failure and Home Parenteral Nutrition Services for Adults in England.
BANS is a Standing Committee of BAPEN and is registered with the Data Protection Act through the Charity.