Pictured: Dr Ruth McKee receiving the JLJ medal from Dr Barry Jones Chair of BAPEN
Congratulations to Dr Ruth McKee who was awarded the prestigious John Lennard-Jones Medal for her significant and consistent contribution to the British Association of Parental and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN).
Ruth is a colorectal surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) who has always had a passion for nutrition and found time throughout her career to contribute to the development and delivery of excellent clinical nutritional care at both a local and national level. Patient care and improving the quality of their lives has always been at the heart of Ruth’s desire to provide excellent nutritional care however from her early days as a junior doctor Ruth identified that in order for delivery of good care to be sustainable and effective there had to be buy in from the multidisciplinary team along with the patient themselves. As this is the foundation of BAPENs believes Ruth was an active member of the organisation from its inception 25 years ago.
She chairs the Nutrition Support Team at the GRI providing an inpatient service to those with complex nutrition needs and an outreach service to 60 patients on Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN). From 2002-2007 she was the lead clinician of the national HPN Managed Clinical Network in Scotland. During this time she was instrumental in working with colleagues from several disciplines to run annual regional meetings which were given BAPEN recognition. When the HPN network funding came to an end Ruth was involved in a group who established BAPEN Scotland as a recognised regional group of BAPEN to ensure the education and training support network continued. She was always active in medical education to ensure that nutrition is part of all surgical syllabuses.
Ruth is also Chair of the NHSGGC Clinical Nutrition Group which steers practice in clinical nutrition in the largest health board in Scotland. In this role she was invited to be part of a group of dedicated individuals who in 2015 developed the Health Improvement Scotland Food Fluid and Nutritional care complex nutritional care standards which translated many of BAPEN's messages on safe and effective delivery of enteral and parenteral nutrition and ethical care of patients into auditable and measurable standards.
She was nominated by Colleagues she has worked with locally and nationally who were delighted when she was presented with the award in November 2017 at the annual BAPEN conference.