Sustainability SIG

Following on from the appointment of the BAPEN Sustainability Lead, we are pleased to announce the intention to form the new BAPEN Sustainability Specialist Interest Group (SSIG). 

The SSIG will be a multidisciplinary group for professionals that together aim to:

  • Develop a sustainability strategy for BAPEN
  • Foster the development of work streams and change of practice in order to improve sustainability within clinical nutrition
  • Assist BAPEN in collaboration with external organisations, including industry partners, in matters relating to sustainability and development
  • Consider the potential for sustainability impact outside of climate change, including wider society and nutrition as preventative health measures.

The SSIG is a new committee within BAPEN, and we welcome applications from any member with an interest in sustainability. Support is available for those new to committee positions.

Eligibility to apply: A registered healthcare professional and member of one of BAPEN’s core professional groups, with current BAPEN membership.

Application process: To apply for this position, please send a short CV along with a letter of interest to the BAPEN office by email bapen@bapen.org.uk. The letter of interest should detail your suitability for the role and your initial thoughts on areas for action within BAPEN itself and the wider sector of nutrition care. These ideas should fill no more than a single side of A4. Deadline for applications: 5pm on Friday 31st May 2024.

More details: You can find more information on the SSIG below and enquiries can be made to the SSIG Chair, Dr Ashley Bond, via the BAPEN office bapen@bapen.org.uk.

S-SIG is a multiprofessional special interest group within BAPEN. It consists therefore of healthcare professionals involved or interested in artificial nutrition, both enteral and parenteral. Membership of the SSIG is open to those who are individual members of BAPEN or affiliate members through a Core Group of BAPEN. Furthermore, it may consist of external non-BAPEN members who are industry partners or stakeholders involved in the provision of enteral and parenteral nutrition. The required makeup of the S-SIG members is:

  • S-SIG Lead
  • Clinician
  • Gastroenterology specialty Trainee Doctor
  • Surgical specialty Trainee Doctor
  • Specialist pharmacist
  • Specialist dietitian
  • Specialist nurse
  • Industry stakeholders (optional)

Aims

  1. To provide a multi-professional forum enabling the development of sustainability strategy for BAPEN
  2. To foster the development of work streams and change of practice in order to improve sustainability within clinical nutrition.
  3. To assist BAPEN in collaboration with external organisations, including industry partners, in matters relating to sustainability and development.
  4. To consider the potential for sustainability impact outside of climate change, including wider society and nutrition as preventative health measures.
  5. To understand and reduce the environmental impact of BAPEN as an organisation and the wider clinical nutrition community.

Objective

  • To develop the working relationship with UKHACC.
  • To focus upon sustainability and environmental impact of the annual BAPEN conference.
  • To support audit and quality improvement projects conducted by BAPEN members that focus upon sustainability and climate change impact.

Operation:

  1. Membership of the group will be open free of charge to any health professional who has an interest in enteral and/or parenteral nutrition and who is a member of BAPEN.
  2. The group will be a deemed a Special Interest Group within BAPEN, and therefore will adhere to the BAPEN Constitution.
  3. The group as a whole will communicate via email.
  4. The group will hold regular meetings to support its aims and objectives. Between which communication via email is the desired modality.
  5. The activities of the group will be reported to the BAPEN Executive Committee and to Council by the Chair of the committee.
  6. Finances: Expenses incurred by Committee members will be reimbursed by BAPEN following receipt of an expenses claim form. Meetings of the group will be organised in line with BAPEN guidelines, and all costs involved recorded in the BAPEN accounts.
  7. Terms of office: for all positions there is a 3-year term with the option to be re-appointed for 2 further terms.
  8. Meetings: will be initially quarterly, with the option to increase the frequency according to need and work streams.
  9. Expectations:
    1. All committee members activity will be conducted in line with the BAPEN values and EDI policy.
    2. Members will engage with their relevant profession and BAPEN subgroup to promote and support S-SIG and associated activities, share relevant information, seek agreement from and encourage engagement of colleagues with related work streams.
    3. Core members will be expected to attend at least one of the two core committee meetings each year except in exceptional circumstances when a deputy should be briefed to attend. Unless there are exceptional circumstances a member who does not attend at least one committee meeting per calendar year will be asked by the Chair or Co-Chair to step down.

Members of the Committee

  • Ashley Bond (Chair)
  • Andrew Rochford
  • Lauren Weston Simons
  • Anita Sangera
  • Amelia Jukes
  • Laura Stevenson
  • Hardip Malhi