BAPEN is a multi-disciplinary Charitable Association, made up of a coherent network of highly motivated healthcare professionals working with patients (of all ages) and their carers across a range of inter-connected disciplines, including:

  • Dietitians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Doctors
  • Surgeons
  • Consultants
  • Scientists
  • Patient Groups

We are able to provide a wide range of speakers, authors and spokespeople who are able comment on a broad range of topics relating to nutritional care.

Below please find details of some of our key spokespeople. If you would like to speak to us or would like further information please contact the press office.

Dr Simon Gabe, BAPEN Treasurer 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.

Wendy-Ling Relph, OfficerWendy-Ling Relph, Officer

Wendy-Ling Relph is 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 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 leading on the development and implementation of the new catering contract for the Trust, including the tendering process, evaluation and liaison with the preferred industry provider.

On a national level, Wendy has been working with the Care Quality Commission to develop the processes for the Dignity and Nutrition Inspection programme across health and social care. She is currently a member of the inspection teams for acute hospitals and nursing and care homes.

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