BAPEN Trainee Committee was first established in 2013 as part of BAPEN medical. The committee consists of trainees from all levels in medical, surgical and critical care specialties who work together with the aim to raise awareness of BAPEN amongst trainees and develop nutrition training resources for them.
Committee members meet quarterly, mostly virtually, with an annual meeting at the BAPEN conference in November. As a committee we contribute actively to tasks including developing educational toolkits, organisation of training days and BAPEN symposia/conferences. BAPEN trainee committee has its own twitter account where we aim to keep our followers up to date with the latest nutritional guidelines and information about upcoming nutrition courses and conferences. Follow us at @BAPENtrainees!
We share the aims of BAPEN:
- To support the education and training of clinicians at all levels
- To encourage research & development and to foster collaborations between members’ research groups
- To foster inter-disciplinary links and collaboration between medical specialties
- To foster multi-professional links and collaboration between health professionals
Dr Jennifer Tham (BAPEN trainee committee chair)
I am a gastroenterology trainee in the West of Scotland, where I am currently working in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Clinical nutrition has been a passion of mine for a number of years. I have completed a Postgraduate certificate in clinical nutrition from the University of Aberdeen. As trainee committee chair, I hope to increase awareness of nutrition and to promote education of this subject to all other gastroenterology and surgical trainees.
Dr Lovesh Dyall (BAPEN trainee committee vice-chair)
Lovesh is a clinical research fellow in IBD working under the supervision of Dr Naila Arebi at St Mark’s Hospital. His research focusses primarily on stricture related to Crohn’s disease.
Dr Stephanie Sartain (BAPEN trainee secretary)
I am a Gastroenterology Registrar in Wessex deanery currently OOP in Southampton as an IBD Nutrition research fellow.
Dr Tim Eden (BAPEN trainee committee member)
I am currently working in North West Anglia in Gastroenterology. Having previously been a full-time dietitian, nutrition has and always will be a key passion and inevitably led me to gravitate to an interest in gastroenterology. My previous experiences in gastroenterology and ICU nutrition have been enhanced by further opportunities by working in these specialties as a junior doctor too. I am passionate about medical education and have been actively involved at Bart's and the London Medical school through teaching and developing online resources showcasing nutritional cases and online lectures. I am a proud member of NNEdPro a global nutrition think-tank and have contributed to a variety of research outputs, podcasts and teaching resources specialising in nutritional assessment.
Dr Anton Queen (BAPEN trainee committee member)
I am a clinical development fellow in general medicine, working at Crosshouse Hospital in the West of Scotland. I became interested in nutrition after spending 8 months working with the intestinal failure team at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in the second year of my foundation training. Prior to working with the I.F. team, I had very little experience or idea of what patients with intestinal failure experience and the knowledge required to deliver good care to this patient group. I greatly enjoyed learning about how best to deliver care to this patient group and the multidisciplinary team working that is required to ensure patients’ needs are met. This enjoyment spurred me to continue learning about malnutrition and increase awareness about the need for good nutritional care amongst all healthcare professionals and the wider public.
Dr Flora Kokwaro (BAPEN trainee committee member)
Flora Kokwaro obtained her MBChB from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and MSC in Tropical Medicine from the Institute of Tropical & Infectious diseases- University of Nairobi, Kenya. She went on to join core medical training in South Wales deanery, during which an interest in gastroenterology developed and is now pursuing her gastroenterology training in KSS & South London Deanery. Having completed her ST5 year of training in September 2020, she is currently undertaking an Advanced Fellowship in Nutrition at St. Marks/ Addenbrookes.
Flora is keen on promoting education and training and development of nutrition in the gastroenterology world and has been involved in teachings at her local hospitals, and development of quality improvement projects & audits, both nutrition related and from other areas of gastroenterology. This has also involved participation at local- regional conferences like BAPEN to present audit work undertaken in poster form. She is the current chair of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Trainee network – “GETLINKed to KSS” aiming to promote education and collaborative QIPs across the deanery. As a lover of classical music, she enjoys playing the flute.
David Leiberman (BAPEN trainee committee member)
I am a General Surgery trainee in Manchester, currently working at Salford Royal. Clinical nutrition has been an interest of mine since FY1, especially in its relation to G.I. surgery. I am especially passionate about nutritional care improving surgical outcomes, and occasionally surgery improving nutritional outcomes! I hope to increase both formal and informal education and training about nutrition within surgical curricula.