Glossary of Terms

This is a list of the terms and acronyms used on this website. If there are other terms or acronyms which are not explained, please contact and we will add the explanation to this list.

Medivents LtdSecretariat Company for BAPEN business, overall office functions, liaison with other parties; Key contact Karen Anthony.
M+F HealthA health and wellbeing communications agency, contracted to BAPEN for publicity/press and media communications.
CMMComplete Media and MarketingCompany contracted to BAPEN for publications – In Touch and Annual Report, but may also be asked to produce other publications on an ad hoc basis
John ListerContracted to BAPEN to deal with the technical side of the BAPEN website and e-Learning portal, maintenance of this and updating.
NHAANutrition and Hydration Action AllianceAn alliance of organisations to promote good practice in nutrition and hydration, including BAPEN and other professional organisations with industry support.
MTFMalnutrition Task ForceA group set up at the instigation of the DoH to improve nutritional care for older people in all settings, hosted by Age UK. 
DoHDepartment of HealthGovernment agency for health in England – separate departments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
ESPENEuropean Society for Clinical Nutrition and MetabolismEuropean professional organisation for healthcare professionals and scientists with an interest in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.
MUSTMalnutrition Universal Screening ToolThe most common Nutrition Screening Tool used in the UK, developed by the Malnutrition Action Group of BAPEN and widely validated in both hospital and community settings.
NCEPODNational Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and DeathA government funded but independent organisation which looks into outcome of medical care in England and Wales and Northern Ireland – particularly associated with audit of initially deaths but more recently other outcomes. In nutrition, organised an audit of parenteral nutrition management “A Mixed Bag”
NSWNutrition Screening WeekA BAPEN initiative to collect data on malnutrition risk in patients being admitted to hospitals, mental health trusts and care homes, from 2007 until 2011. NSW Overview
GIFTASUPGuidelines on Intravenous Fluid Therapy in Adult Surgical PatientsGuidelines published in 2007 by a concensus group including BAPEN; Association for Clinical Biochemistry, Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, The Society of Academic and Research Surgery, the Renal Association and the Intensive Care Society.
LLLLifelong LearningLifelong learning programme in nutrition run by the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism – training both on ine and at live courses, initially aimed at doctors but now widened to other healthcare professionals and can lead to a degree qualification ESPEN LLL
OFNOSHOrganisation of Food and Nutritional Support in HospitalsA resource developed by BAPEN describing how nutrition support services could be organised in hospitals.
QOFQuality and Outcomes FrameworkThe annual reward and incentive programme for GP practices in England – similar programmes run in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
NPSANational Patient Safety AllianceAn organisation aiming to identify and reduce risks to patients in the NHS in England. Recommendations are also sent to Health Boards in Scotland. 
NICENational Institute for Clinical ExcellenceA Department of Health agency which develops guidance and advice on NHS treatments in England. Healthcare Improvement Scotland has a similar role.
RCPRoyal College of PhysiciansProfessional organisation for physicians.
BSGBritish Society for GastroenterologyProfessional organisation for gastroenterologists.
ACBAssociation of Clinical BiochemistsProfessional organisation for biochemists.
ASGBIAssociation of Surgeons of Great Britain and IrelandProfessional organisation for general surgeons.
NACCNational Association of Care CateringProfessional organisation for caterers within care catering.
CQCCare Quality CommissionIndependent regulator of health and social care in England – The Care Inspectorate has this role for care services in Scotland.
CQUINCommissioning for Quality and InnovationA framework to allow commissioners in England to reward healthcare providers for acieving quality improvement goals.
NHWNutrition and Hydration Week
ENHAThe European Nutrition for Health AllianceThe European Nutrition for Health Alliance works with key stakeholders to improve nutritional care across Europe by actively promoting:

1. Implementation of nutrition risk screening across Europe
2. Public awareness
3. Appropriate reimbursement policies
4. Medical education
ONCAOptimal Nutritional Care for All campaignLaunched in 2014, the Optimal Nutritional Care for All (ONCA) campaign is a multi-stakeholder initiative to facilitate greater screening for risk of disease-related malnutrition/undernutrition and nutritional care implementation across Europe. ENHA is the driving force behind the campaign.
SHCAThe Specialised Healthcare AllianceThe Specialised Healthcare Alliance is a coalition of patient-related groups and corporate supporters which campaigns on behalf of people with rare and complex conditions in need of specialised care. BAPEN is a member.
UKHACCUK Health Alliance on Climate ChangeAn alliance of UK-based health organisations representing about 1 million health professionals, who advocate for just responses to the climate and ecological crisis. BAPEN is a proud member of the UKHACC.
UKMAWUK Malnutrition Awareness WeekAn awareness campaign run by the Malnutrition Task Force and BAPEN to raise awareness of the signs, risks and impact of malnutrition.