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The Programmes Committee is made up of representatives from each of BAPEN's Core Groups and from the Good Practice Guidance (previously known as the Education and Training) Committee. Representatives from the Core Groups are nominated by their Committee and bring their group’s suggestions for conference content and report back to their Groups on the Programmes Committee’s activities. Although the committee does not always include representatives from each of the home nations, it strives to ensure that the conference programme covers issues affecting all four home nations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).

The Programmes Committee meets four times a year to deliver a topical conference, packed with sessions to appeal to anyone involved in clinical nutrition. The programme is designed to cover a broad range of topics, ranging from initiatives to raise awareness of the problem of malnutrition and service delivery to the specifics of delivering good nutritional care. The conference incorporates sessions and training days to provide CPD accreditation. The Annual Conference is a unique opportunity to network across a broad range of professionals and patients with an interest in nutritional care.

More specifically, the Committee:

  • Develops the programme for the Annual Conference, ensuring it is relevant to multi-professional groups working in all areas of healthcare and in all of the home nations
  • Organises speakers
  • Organises the scoring of abstracts
  • Liaison regarding venue sourcing, booking and the BAPEN annual dinner
  • Liaison with Press Office regarding Conference promotion and post Conference publications

Suggestions for future topics for BAPEN meetings are welcome:
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Aims / Objectives of the Committee

To ensure that the BAPEN Annual Conference and other BAPEN meetings are multidisciplinary, educational, entertaining and represent good value for money.

Members of the Committee

Pete Turner Pete Turner, Specialist Dietitian, Royal Liverpool University Hospital (Chair) Dr Sheldon Cooper Dr Sheldon Cooper,  Consultant Gastroenterologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, representing BAPEN Good Practice Guidance
Barbara Dovaston Barbara Dovaston, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Heartlands Hospital Heart of England NHS Foundation, – representing the National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG) Jennie Mort Jennie Mort (Sovereign Conference) – conference organizer
Tony Murphy Tony Murphy, Principle Pharmacist, University College Hospital, London – representing The British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group (BPNG) Dr Joanne Sayer

Dr Joanne Sayer, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Doncaster Royal Infirmary representing BAPEN Medical

Dr Nicola Simmonds Dr Nicola Simmonds, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Honorary Secretary BAPEN Medical Professor Chris Seal Professor Chris Seal, Professor of Food and Human Nutrition, Newcastle University – representing the Nutrition Society
Carolyn Wheatley Carolyn Wheatley, representing Patients on Intravenous and Nasogastric Nutrition Therapy (PINNT)