British Artificial Nutrition Survey (BANS)

Spotlight On... BANS Committee

Trevor Smith, past BANS Committee Chair and current BAPEN President talks about the work of this important multi-disciplinary Committee, the benefits of BANS to healthcare professionals and the work that is underway to ensure BANS is fit for purpose going forward. Hear what he has to say and how you can get involved with BANS.

BANS is a multi-professional Committee of BAPEN and the Chair or Secretary may be contacted at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members of the Committee are drawn from:

  • Sarah-Jane Hughes (Co-Chair - Intestinal Failure; PENG; Northern Ireland)
  • Emily Walters (Co-Chair - Home Enteral Feeding; Academia)
  • Nicola Cunningham (PENG; England)
  • Venetia Simchowitz (BPNG)
  • Mia Small (NNNG)
  • Mani Naghibi (BAPEN Medical)
  • Tony Wiskin (BSPGHAN)
  • Rachel Russel (BSPGHAN)
  • Phil Scott-Townsend (IT consultant)
  • Geoff Cooke (Streets-Heaver)

BANS Reports

About BANS

The British Artificial Nutrition Survey (BANS) was established in 1996 and consolidated work previously undertaken by the Salford HPN register and the Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Group (PEN Group) Home Enteral Tube Feeding (HETF) register. The BANS Committee, which reflects the multidisciplinary nature of BAPEN, publishes an Annual Report that can be accessed on the BAPEN website. BANS relies on the voluntary contributions of health care professionals to report data on adults and children receiving long term enteral tube feeding or parenteral nutrition.

Overall Aim of BANS:

To audit nutrition support modalities across the United Kingdom and to publish national and regional findings on an annual basis and provide ad hoc reports as required by interested parties.

1. Specific Objectives:

  • To monitor at national and regional level the growth of artificial nutrition  support in hospitals and the community
  • To track treatment outcomes
  • To establish the structure of artificial nutrition support services (ANS) in the UK 
  • To identify problems associated with the use/lack of ANS
  • To assess standards of care
  • To publish an annual report that brings these findings into the public domain
  • To review practice against accepted guidelines.

BANS has been very successful at reporting trends in ANS over the last 10 years; reporting rates have been validated from anonymised data provided by nutrition companies. Detailed questionnaires have identified strengths and weaknesses in the structure of ANS services and highlighted regional variations in service provision. BANS data demonstrating inequity of access to home parenteral nutrition (HPN) services in England were instrumental in the development of the Strategic Framework for Intestinal Failure and Home Parenteral Nutrition Services for Adults in England.

BANS is a Standing Committee of BAPEN and is registered with the Data Protection Act through the Charity.

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