BAPEN Objectives

BAPEN Objectives 2022 – 2027

Our new strategy for 2022-2027 sets out ambitious plans for growth in membership, reach, impact, knowledge, and longevity for BAPEN.

We have agreed three strategic priorities to guide our work, and our objectives, over the next five years. These have been developed based on our progress over the last 30 years, and from our collaboration with stakeholders including individuals with malnutrition, carers, professionals, healthcare leaders and providers at local, regional, and national levels.

The three strategic priorities and the objectives which underpin them follow.


BAPEN will facilitate and support improvements in knowledge and understanding to deliver excellent nutritional care to all those in need. Through this strategic priority:

  • BAPEN will drive improvements in knowledge by continuing the rigorous approach to gathering, analysing, and learning from data collected on routine care
  • BAPEN will take a leadership position, striving to facilitate significant improvements in the way knowledge of malnutrition is developed and spread
  • BAPEN will work collaboratively; listening and learning from each other and harnessing the breadth and depth of skills and knowledge within the Core Groups, Standing Committees, Special Interest Groups and expert members
  • BAPEN will continue to build a best-in-class suite of tools and resources that are evidence-based, and which influence the knowledge of the health and care workforce on clinical nutrition and the identification, treatment, and prevention of malnutrition
  • BAPEN will work with key stakeholders to influence the training curriculum for health and care professionals
  • BAPEN will develop training events and materials for health and care professionals (doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, care staff), using a range of platforms to improve the access and delivery of education and learning
  • BAPEN will dedicate funding for a series of specific innovation projects that increase knowledge and understanding of malnutrition, and support the delivery of excellent nutritional care
  • BAPEN will work jointly with PINNT, a support & advocacy group for people on Home Artificial Nutrition (HAN), and collaboratively with other patient organisations to ensure accessibility to resources that empower people affected by malnutrition – and their carers – to be advocates of high quality nutritional care


BAPEN will extend reach to raise awareness of malnutrition and influence consistent and equitable access to excellent nutritional care across the four nations. Through this strategic priority:

  • BAPEN will rotate its conference location across the four nations to increase reach and engagement with members and health care professionals throughout the UK
  • BAPEN will work collaboratively with partners to speak in one voice – refining narrative such that communication is accessible to patients, and professionals alike
  • BAPEN will enhance overall communication efforts and promote BAPEN’s leadership position by profiling executive members, chairs of BAPEN’s Standing Committees and Special Interest Groups. Within this, BAPEN will also look to enhance the sharing of research-based data with national and regional media
  • BAPEN will optimise its social media channels, by developing engaging content that leverages BAPEN’s authoritative voice around malnutrition and nutritional care
  • BAPEN will continue to work with PINNT, a support & advocacy group for people on Home Artificial Nutrition (HAN), to better understand the holistic needs of patients, people on home artificial nutrition, and carers, and develop a joint, patient-focused delivery plan
  • BAPEN will continue to work collaboratively with the Malnutrition Task Force to run UK Malnutrition Awareness Week each year, raising awareness of malnutrition, encouraging greater uptake of screening in health and social care settings, and highlighting the importance of implementing and delivering a nutritional care plan
  • BAPEN will support and influence work of national importance including the COVID-19 Airborne Transmission Alliance (CATA)
  • BAPEN will develop, and work closer with, its professional networks


  • BAPEN will work to increase membership, listening to and working with members and more clearly articulating membership benefits
  • BAPEN will look to actively engage with members, encouraging them to get involved in the work of BAPEN and its committees
  • BAPN will make a commitment to minimise the impact of its work on the environment, listening to patients and members to understand their views
  • BAPEN will measure and adopt tactics to reduce its carbon footprint, including innovating around digital solutions
  • BAPEN will identify, and deliver on, a reduction in plastics commitment together with industry partners
  • BAPEN will amplify and make improvements to its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies and commitments
  • BAPEN will focus on developing people through a mentorship programme
  • BAPEN will ensure financial sustainability, including maximising income whilst increasing cost effectiveness and return on investment

BAPEN Strategy 2022-2027