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.

Ruth McKee, BAPEN Secretary 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 Ailsa Brotherton PhD RD FHEA, BAPEN Quality Group Dr Ailsa Brotherton PhD RD FHEA, 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.

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.