2013 has seen the introduction of a new Trainee Committee as part of BAPEN Medical. This exciting development has seen a cross-specialty group of trainees form with the aim of the group being to raise awareness of BAPEN amongst trainees and develop nutrition training resources for them. To date the group has met once in person and regularly communicate via an on-line working group. Highlights of the work we have carried out to date include:
1st UK BAPEN Medical Trainee Group Survey
To establish current perceptions of BAPEN and nutrition training amongst trainees the group recently conducted a UK-wide survey. To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest UK nutrition training survey to date with almost 400 respondents from every training deanery across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This is a fantastic result for our first venture as a group, which at the time of disseminating this survey had only met via online communication. Thanks to all of those who helped publicise this survey amongst trainees.
Perception amongst trainees across a variety of specialties is that their nutrition training remains deficient and opportunities are identified for BAPEN as well as other organisations to engage trainees in their future nutrition training. Results will be presented in full at BAPEN Conference and we would like to encourage anyone interested to visit our poster stand on Tuesday 26th November lunchtime to discuss the results further.
Inaugural Trainee Event at BAPEN conference
The Trainee Committee officially launches at BAPEN conference in November with the inaugural BAPEN Medical Trainee Committee symposium on Tuesday 26th November 2013 from 1730 to 1830. Further details of this event, primarily aimed at trainees but which may also appeal to a wider audience, are included within this newsletter. We are delighted to have secured three fantastic speakers in the form of Simon Gabe, Ruth McKee and Michael Colley to take part in a balloon debate: “This house believes that nutrition support is best led by...”. We are certain this topic will stimulate lively debate as well as to highlight some of the training opportunities within the field of nutrition.