BAPEN policy and business are directed by its Governing Council. Members of BAPEN Council are all full members of BAPEN and include elected representatives of the Core Groups and Associate Societies of BAPEN, the Chairs of the Standing Committees and the elected members of the Executive Team. Members of Council are usually appointed annually and serve a maximum term of three years.

BAPEN Council meets at least twice a year and has the following responsibilities:

  • To approve or reject applications for membership
  • To maintain a list of all BAPEN members
  • To elect the Executive Officers of BAPEN
  • To appoint a BAPEN representative to the European Nutrition Society (ESPEN)
  • To appoint Standing Committees and determine their terms of reference, duration and composition
  • To select members of BAPEN for special acclaim, including the BAPEN Roll of Honour, Honorary Life Membership and the invitation to become a member of BAPEN Independent Advisory Committee (IAC).

BAPEN Council receives regular reports from the Executive Team, the Standing Committees and Associate Societies and helps to support and direct their work. Significant achievements over the last few years have included:

  • In 2016 the Intestinal Failure Registry was launched, developed by BANS and part of the NHS England strategy for intestinal failure – this extended the dataset to enable collection of acute intestinal failure data in addition to home parenteral nutrition and represented a major collaboration with NHS England.
  • Ailsa Brotherton secured a grant for BAPEN from the Health Foundation, which was used to run a series of regional meetings in 2016 designed to support clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and providers implement NHS England’s guidance ‘Commissioning Excellent Nutrition and Hydration 2015-2018’. Three films were produced
  • A public self-screening tool for malnutrition has been developed with linked advice at
  • In 2015, building on the work undertaken during the Nutrition Screening Weeks, which really helped create a country-wide picture of the prevalence of malnutrition in the UK, BAPEN developed a new web-based Nutritional Care Tool which will enable organisations to monitor nutritional screening, the effectiveness of nutritional care they provide and patient experience.
  • During Nutrition & Hydration week 2015, BAPEN launched its new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) website. Through this e-learning portal members can access a range of e-learning modules which are designed for both doctors and other health and social care workers including 3 modules covering disease related malnutrition and nutritional support, 3 interactive SCORM compliant modules on Nutritional Screening using ‘MUST’ and a third section of select presentations from the BAPEN annual conference with multiple choice questions for learners.
  • The Malnutrition Taskforce is an independent group of experts across health, social care and local government united to address preventable malnutrition in older people. BAPEN has been a key member of the taskforce since it was established in 2012. The aim of the task force is to share expertise from different sectors and to work with partners in hospitals, care homes, local authorities and private and voluntary organisations. For further information on the malnutrition task force and to access their resources please visit
  • Engagement with the NHS and Social Care Quality Agenda leading to the production of the BAPEN Toolkit for Commissioners and Providers “Malnutrition Matters: Meeting Quality Standards in Nutritional Care” launched in May 2010 with an updated Second Edition launched in 2012.
  • Members of BAPEN were involved in producing the NCEPOD (National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death) report on the care of hospital patients receiving parenteral nutrition, published in June 2010
  • BAPEN took an active role in the consultation on NHS outcomes and are delighted that nutrition has been included in two of the five domains of the Department of Health NHS Outcomes Framework
  • BAPEN has worked to support the development of a regionally based intestinal failure network, through the British Intestinal Failure Alliance (BIFA), led by Jeremy Powell-Tuck
  • BAPEN undertook four Nutrition Screening Weeks (one in each season) to give robust  data on the prevalence of malnutrition and those at risk of malnutrition in the UK. A data review was published in 2014. NSW Reports
  • BAPEN’s Malnutrition Action Group has continued to develop and promote 'MUST', our nutrition screening tool. There are now both hospital and community e-learning tools and a SCORM compliant version that allows the record of training to be incorporated in the NHS electronic staff record. There is a MUST calculator available on the BAPEN website and now a MUST ‘app’ for the i-Phone. ‘MUST’ scooped the 2008 NHS Business Award in the Innovation category and is now the most widely used nutrition screening tool in the UK.
  • Our British Artificial Nutrition Survey (BANS) Committee solved the difficulties relating to consent and data protection with the development and launch of e-BANS which allows the electronic recording of all patients on home enteral and parenteral feeding
  • BAPEN has published a number of influential reports including:
  • BAPEN contributed to the Nutrition Fact Sheets published by the NPSA with Christine Russell drafting the Factsheet on Nutritional Screening
  • BAPEN Medical (chaired by Jeremy Powell-Tuck) led the development of the British Consensus Guidelines on Intravenous Fluid Therapy for Adult Surgical Patients, working with the Association for Clinical Biochemistry, the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and Society of Academic and Research Surgery, the Renal Association and the Intensive Care society. These guidelines were launched in 2008 and updated in 2011.
  • BAPEN took an active and prominent role in the development of the Nutrition Action Plan and in the publication of “Improving Nutritional Care: A Joint Action Plan from the Department of Health and Nutrition Summit stakeholders”  published in October 2007
  • BAPEN developed e-learning modules on nutrition for junior doctors and made them freely available on its website
  • BAPEN continues to hold a successful Annual Conference and in 2012 embarked on an exciting joint venture with the British Society of Gastroenterology, the British Association for the Study of the Liver and the Association of Upper GI Surgeons to hold a joint meeting (Digestive Diseases Foundation or DDF) in June 2012 – the first of its kind in the UK. Due to its success, the second DDF meeting was held in June 2015.
  • BAPEN Core Groups all hold their own meetings and teaching days during the year, as do many of the BAPEN regions.

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