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The Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition PENG was established in 1983 and became a specialist group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) in 1984. 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 PENG educational events, bursaries to attend present research at conferences, virtual networks such as the home enteral feeding network, development of resources including The Dietetic Outcomes Toolkit and Blended Diet Practice Toolkit.

To become a member of PENG or to find out more please visit or contact us at:


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 latest version of the PENG Pocket Guide to Clinical Nutrition 5th Edition is currently available to order.  Further information including how to purchase your own copy is available at:

Courses and study days

PENG offers an annual study day and regular webinars open to members and non-members. PENG plays a large role in contributing to the BAPEN Annual conference and programme. Annually PENG also delivers a highly successful and award winning Clinical Update Course.  The Clinical Update Course is aimed at Dietitians specialising in nutritional support and taught at Masters level, the course runs over a 7 month period and combines residential with distance learning. 

For more information on the Clinical Update course visit and/or contact PENG via email

Committee Members

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

  • Chair: Linda Cantwell
  • Treasurer supported by BDA accounts: Long Li  
  • Secretary: Hayley Williams
  • Communications Officer: Rebekah Smith
  • Social Media Officer: Helen Beagan
  • Education & Training, plus link to MAG and BAPEN’s education officer: Eleanor Holmes
  • Education & Training Officer– Anna Julian
  • Research & Audit: Nicky Wyer, Long Li
  • HEF Lead/ CUC Treasurer: Ailsa Kennedy
  • HEF Lead: Sean White
  • PN Lead: Lisa Gemmell
  • Pocket Guide to Clinical Nutrition Editor and lead: Bruno Mafrici
  • Website Officer: Kosta Eleftheriadis
  • Ordinary member: Jenny Towey 
  • Ordinary member social media officer: Rhiannon Bullen
  • PENG Clinical Update Course lead: Alison Culkin
  • BAPEN programmes committee: Pete Turner
  • BAPEN communications link: Kate Hall
  • Student representative: Vacant