The Programmes Committee is made up of representatives from each of BAPEN’s Core Groups and Officers. Representatives from the Core Groups are nominated by their Committee and bring their group’s suggestions for conference content and report back to their Groups on the Programmes Committee’s activities. Although the committee does not always include representatives from each of the home nations, it strives to ensure that the conference programme covers issues affecting all four home nations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).

The Programmes Committee meets four times a year to deliver a topical conference, packed with sessions to appeal to anyone involved in clinical nutrition. The programme is designed to cover a broad range of topics, ranging from initiatives to raise awareness of the problem of malnutrition and service delivery to the specifics of delivering good nutritional care. The conference incorporates sessions and training days to provide CPD accreditation. The Annual Conference is a unique opportunity to network across a broad range of professionals and patients with an interest in nutritional care.

More specifically, the Committee:

  • Plan and deliver a suitable programme of plenary and parallel sessions for the Annual Conference, ensuring it is relevant to multi-professional groups working in all areas of healthcare and in all of the home nations
  • Identify and organise speakers
  • Organise the scoring and placement of abstracts for the programme and poster sessions
  • Liaise with the conference organisers regarding venue sourcing, booking and the BAPEN annual dinner
  • Liaise with conference organisers regarding Conference promotion and post Conference publications
  • To manage all arrangements and logistics for the Annual Conference in conjunction with the conference organiser

Suggestions for future topics for BAPEN meetings are welcome: please e-mail the conference organisers:

Aims / Objectives of the Committee

To organise an exciting, clinically relevant annual conference that will be well attended and appeal to members of all the core groups. Meetings to be multidisciplinary and represent good value for money. Members of the Committee are responsible for the organisation of the programme and are assisted by a professional conference company, Medivents, who coordinate the exhibition, accommodation and event arrangements.

Members of the Committee

  • Pete Turner (Chair)
  • Nick Thompson (BAPEN President)
  • Emma Parsons (BAPEN Education Officer)
  • Anne Holdoway (BAPEN Education Officer)
  • Akash Mehta (BAPEN Medical)
  • Lovesh Dyall (BAPEN Medical Trainees)
  • Jeremy Nightingale (BIFA)
  • Priya Mistry (BPNG)
  • Dave Sawbridge (IrSPEN)
  • Ben Booth (NNNG)
  • Jo Wakeling (Nutrition Village Representative/NNNG)
  • Rebekah Smith (PENG)
  • Carolyn Wheatley (PINNT)
  • Caroline Childs (The Nutrition Society)