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The Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition PENG was established in 1983 as a specialist group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). It is a founder group of BAPEN. Over the years PENG has gained national and international reputation as a recognised authority on both practical and academic aspects of nutritional support. Today, PENG strives to support its network of Dietitians to deliver excellence in nutritional care through appropriate oral, enteral and parenteral nutrition.

It aims to achieve this through:

  • providing a forum in which dietitians working in oral, enteral and parenteral nutrition can exchange ideas and develop best / evidence based practice
  • acting as a voice of professional expertise and authority for and on behalf of dietitians working in oral, enteral and parenteral nutrition support
  • working in partnership with key organisations including BAPEN, patient groups and the BDA to raise the profile of the importance of good nutritional care in all care settings
  • supporting the development of resources for use by its members, patients and other healthcare professionals
  • actively supporting dietitians to enhance knowledge and skills of clinical nutrition and nutrition support through the PENG educational events, bursaries, virtual networks such as the home enteral feeding network, Dietetic Outcomes Toolkit working group, the PENG research mentoring scheme and grants.

To become a member of PENG or to find out more please visit or contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


PENG have developed, and continue to work with other core groups of BAPEN to produce key resources for both healthcare professionals and patients. These can be found at -

Information for dietitians can also be found on the PENG website which has been developed in response to members and patients.

More information can also be found on the PENG website about current projects.

Key publications

Considered a must for Dietitians and healthcare professionals specialising in nutrition support, the 'PENG Pocket Guide to Clinical Nutrition’ provides essential information at your fingertips, to assist clinical decision-making in everyday practice. The New Updated PENG Pocket Guide to Clinical Nutrition is due to be published in Spring 2018. Further information including how to purchase your own copy is available at:

Courses and study days

PENG offers study days open to members and non-members and also plays a role in contributing to the BAPEN Annual conference and programme. PENG also runs a highly successful Clinical Update course annually. Aimed at Dietitians specialising in nutritional support and taught at Masters level, the Clinical Update course runs over a 7 month period and combines residential with distance learning. For more information on the Clinical Update course visit

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Committee Members

All committee members are registered Dietitians with considerable experience in the field of nutrition support.

  • Chair – Co-opted: Kate Hall
  • Secretary: Linda Cantwell
  • Treasurer supported by BDA accounts: Imogen Watson
  • HETF Clinical Lead (incl BANs): Ailsa Kennedy
  • HETF Clinical Lead (incl BANs) (shared with Ailsa): Sean White
  • Quality/Resource Officer, Governance, Standards & patient Safety: Vera Todorovic
  • Clinical Lead in Audit and Research: Jacklyn Jones
  • Parenteral Nutrition Lead: Lisa Gemmell
  • Clinical Update Course Lead: Alison Culkin
  • Education & Training: Carole-Anne Fleming
  • BAPEN Programmes: Pete Turner
  • Ordinary member: Paula Young
  • Ordinary member: Bruno Mafrici
  • Ordinary member: Kate Glen
  • Ordinary member: Long Li
  • Ordinary member: Nicola Cunnigham
  • Ordinary member: Eleanor Holmes
  • Vacant: Communications Officer
  • Vacant: BAPEN Education & Training
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