Dr Trevor Smith, BAPEN President
Trevor is a Consultant Gastroenterologist working in Southampton where he leads a clinical nutrition and regional intestinal failure service. Trevor previously chaired the British Artificial Nutrition Survey (BANS) and is also a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology Small Bowel and Nutrition Committee and the British Intestinal Failure Alliance (BIFA).
Trevor has previously led on data and measurement for BAPEN and has focused on the development of a nutrition ward to board dashboard and exploring national data collection options for measuring performance and quality improvements in nutritional care.
Dr Daniel Rogers, BAPEN Secretary
Dan is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at University Hospitals of Leicester and has a particular interest in patients with intestinal failure. He co-runs the home parenteral nutrition clinic and also runs a multi-disciplinary high output stoma clinic as well as regularly providing specialist nutrition input on the surgical wards. He also champions good nutrition, the posh tea round initiative and homegrown produce.
Dan is the Undergraduate Lead for Gastroenterology at the University of Leicester Medical School and has been steadily increasing the amount of nutritional care that medical students are taught and examined on.
Dr Chris Mountford, BAPEN Treasurer
Chris is a Consultant Gastroenterologist in Newcastle upon Tyne and works at both the Freeman and RVI Hospitals in the city. He is Co-lead of the Intestinal Failure Service, serving a population of over 2.5 million patients across the North East and Cumbria. His other clinical interests include Inflammatory Bowel Disease and he is an accredited Bowel Cancer Screening Colonoscopist.
Chris runs an annual 3 day clinical nutrition course in Newcastle which receives consistently positive feedback from those attending.
Prior to taking up his role as Treasurer, Chris was a member of the BAPEN Medical Committee for the past 3 years, with particular responsibility for supporting the BAPEN trainee group (a group which he was founder member of in 2012).
Dr Barry Jones, Chair Independent Advisory Committee
Barry is the Chair of the BAPEN Independent Advisory Committee, a past chair of the British Artificial Nutrition Survey (BANS), BSG small bowel/nutrition and RCP nutrition committees and past BAPEN HPN coordinator. He is a retired Consultant Gastroenterologist in Dudley, West Midlands, and is the Lead of the PINNT Virtual Nutrition Team.
Sarah-Jane Hughes BANS Co-Chair (Intestinal Failure)
Sarah-Jane is Principal Dietitian and Clinical Lead for Intestinal Failure, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland. Serving a population of 1.8million this service has grown over 20 years and achieved regional recognition in 2014 and secured ongoing funding for a 10 bedded unit and weekly IF clinic. Sarah-Jane was a lead business case developer for this process.
She is involved in the Trusts Nutrition Steering Committee and delivers education and training to undergraduate and postgraduate dietitians, nutritionists, nurses and doctors both locally and nationally.
Sarah-Jane has been involved with BAPEN for the last 9 years both as Northern Ireland representative and member of the British Artificial Nutrition Survey (BANS) committee, where she is a key developer of the Intestinal Failure Register. She, alongside Emily Walters, succeed President Trevor Smith as co-chairs of BANS for the next term.
In her limited (mum of 4) spare time, she enjoys weightlifting and a plant based lifestyle.
Emily Walters BANS Co-Chair (Home Enteral Feeding)
Emily is a registered dietitian with specialist interest in disease related malnutrition. She is currently a Doctoral Research Fellow (NIHR CLAHRC) at the University of Southampton. Emily co-chairs the British Artificial Nutrition Survey committee with Sarah-Jane Hughes having previously held the secretarial role. She also sits on the Department of Health Advisory Committee for Borderline Substances.
Emily's NHS dietetic practice focused on supporting individuals requiring nutrition support both in hospital and at home. She led the adult Nutrition and Dietetic Service at Southampton General Hospital for ten years with a track record of successful service improvement and research projects related to malnutrition risk and nutrition support. She continues with her desire to improve the quality of life and care of those with and at risk of malnutrition through her committee work, educational and research activities.
Liz Anderson, Officer
Liz Anderson is the Nutrition Nurse Specialist for Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust. Her role is to ensure that patients in her organisation have the correct nutrition via the correct route safely and to their comfort. This involves both clinical and educational work as well as developing policies and guidelines. It encompasses oral, enteral and parenteral nutrition. She works with all members of the MDT in promoting excellence and safety in nutritional care. She has a BA (Hons) in Nursing Practice, completing her dissertation in “Trained nurse’s attitudes to nutrition in hospital patients”. She also recently finished a Post Graduate certificate in Specialised Practice entitled ‘Nutrition In Nursing’.
Liz is the Chair of the National Nurses Nutrition Group as well as being a council member for BAPEN, a member of the Royal College of Physicians Nutrition Committee and represented Bucks Healthcare on the Department of Health Hospital Food Standards Panel which looked at patients’ experiences of hospital food and nutritional care. This resulted in the publication of the Hospital Food Standards Report.
She has represented the NNNG on a number of projects with NHS England, the Department of Health, NICE and the RCN. She is also a member of the NHS England Nutrition and Hydration Strategy Group. She has been published in a number of journals and speaks regularly at conferences nationally.
Dr Andrew Rochford, Officer
Andrew Rochford is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Newham University Hospital and Barts Health NHS Trust. He has been involved in BAPEN for several years as part of the Pan-London group and more recently through BAPEN Medical. His clinical interests include all aspects of nutrition and inflammatory bowel disease. Andrew holds a number of leadership roles within Barts Health and is particularly interested in quality improvement. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys music and is the Musical Director of the Hamsptead Sinfonietta.
Andrew has a strong reputation for multi-professional clinical education at both postgraduate and undergraduate level and took over as Chair of the Education & Training Committee in February 2014. The committee is keen to build on the success of the Decision Trees and will be working more closely with the regional reps and other BAPEN committees to ensure that education and training becomes a fundamental, and accessible benefit for our members.
Kate Hall MSc RD, BAPEN Communications Officer
Having previously worked as a dietitian within the NHS, I now work for a medical nutrition company using my dietetic background/experience in a different way. It is great to be part of such an active and passionate team within BAPEN and I have learned a lot whilst serving as Communications Officer for PENG, having previously liaised with BAPEN on communications-related topics on behalf of PENG; I now look forward to working with everyone in the role of BAPEN communications officer.
I have a keen focus on patients (and their carers), and also on increasing the profile of healthcare professionals in the front line, in getting us a greater voice in healthcare matters of national significance: I strongly believe that, with the coming changes in commissioning of services within the NHS, some of which are already coming into force, now is the time for us to secure higher profile in healthcare, so that our knowledge can be brought to bear and as a result that patient outcomes are improved. As Communications Officer I hope to represent members generally, support and work with the core groups, BAPEN office and BAPEN Council and others within BAPEN to encourage shared working.
Being a strong team player and with a drive to get others involved, I relish the opportunity to work together to help us achieve BAPEN's aims - putting patients at the centre of good nutritional care - and further build on the membership to both meet the needs of current/new members and also encouraging active members to be the voice of BAPEN locally. With the current challenging environment in which we all work it is now that we have the opportunity to make a real difference and the chance to play my part in the role of Communications Officer is really exciting.
Carolyn Wheatley, Patient Representative
Carolyn is a home parenteral nutrition patient currently chair of PINNT. She has been involved with BAPEN since its inception, previously having served a term of office on BAPEN executive. She has been involved in many BAPEN projects, reports, guidelines and activities over the years. Carolyn not only advocates for patients in the UK, she has now been able to share the UK experience across Europe.