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Sovereign conference Main company dealing with BAPEN business - overall office functions, liason with other parties; Key contact Jennie Mort.
M&F Health
A health and wellbeing communications agency, contracted to BAPEN for publicity/press and media communications.
CMM Complete Media and Marketing Company contracted to BAPEN for publications - In Touch and Annual Report, but may also be asked to produce other publications on an ad hoc basis
Chris Elkin Has developed the e-Learning website which is separate from the main BAPEN website though accessed through it - contains MUST e-Learning; basic nutrition modules and conference modules.
John Lister
Contracted to BAPEN to deal with the technical side of the BAPEN website, maintenance of this and updating.
NHAA Nutrition and Hydration Action Alliance An alliance of organisations to promote good practice in nutrition and hydration, including BAPEN and other professional organisations with industry support.
MTF Malnutrition Task Force A group set up at the instigation of the DoH to improve nutritional care for older people in all settings, hosted by Age UK. 
DoH Department of Health Government agency for health in England - separate departments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
NHSE Nutrition Nutrition Commissioning Strategy Board Advisory board to English DoH on matters relating to nutrition; Scotland has NNCAB National Nutritional Care Advisory Board.
NHS England Responsible for overseeing the commissioning of services in England and work with CMG.
Public Health England Responsible for the national view of Public Health in England.
Faculty for Public Health Professional organisation for healthcare staff who work in public health.
NHS Improvement NHS Improvement brings together Monitor and the Trust Development Authority. They support foundation trusts and NHS trusts in England to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. They hold trusts to account for delivery, co-ordinate annual planning and deliver a wide range of improvement programmes, including a current programme focused on improving nutrition.
ESPEN European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism

European professional organisation for healthcare professionals and scientists with an interest in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.

MUST Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool The 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.
NCEPOD National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death A 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"
NSW Nutrition Screening Week A 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
GIFTASUP Guidelines on Intravenous Fluid Therapy in Adult Surgical Patients Guidelines 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.
LLL Lifelong Learning Lifelong 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
OFNOSH Organisation of Food and Nutritional Support in Hospitals A resource developed by BAPEN describing how nutrition support services could be organised in hospitals.
QOF Quality and Outcomes Framework The annual reward and incentive programme for GP practices in England - similar programmes run in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
NPSA National Patient Safety Alliance An organisation aiming to identify and reduce risks to patients in the NHS in England. Recommendations are also sent to Health Boards in Scotland. 
NICE National Institute for Clinical Excellence A Department of Health agency which develops guidance and advice on NHS treatments in England. Healthcare Improvement Scotland has a similar role.
RCP Royal College of Physicians Professional organisation for physicians.
BSG British Society for Gastroenterology Professional organisation for gastroenterologists.
ACB Association of Clinical Biochemists Professional organisation for biochemists.
ASGBI Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland Professional organisation for general surgeons.
NACC National Association of Care Catering Professional organisation for caterers within care catering.
CQC Care Quality Commission Independent regulator of health and social care in England - The Care Inspectorate has this role for care services in Scotland.
CQUIN Commissioning for Quality and Innovation A framework to allow commissioners in England to reward healthcare providers for acieving quality improvement goals.
NHW Nutrition and Hydration Week
ENHA The European Nutrition for Health Alliance The 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
ONCA Optimal Nutritional Care for All campaign Launched 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.
SHCA The Specialised Healthcare Alliance The 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.

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