BAPEN has just unveiled its new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) website ( or access via the e-learning portal on the BAPEN website) and availability of the 2014 BAPEN Annual Conference E-Learning modules.

Increased demands in today’s NHS mean that Healthcare professionals are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain study leave to attend external meetings such as the BAPEN Annual Conference. This results in them missing out on hearing about valuable data and opinion that can inform improvements to nutrition and hydration care in their workplaces. In future, all healthcare professionals will have access to some of the key presentations via the VLE on the BAPEN Website. These interactive presentations will be available to all BAPEN members free of charge and to non-members on payment of a nominal fee (£10 for a full symposium, £5 for the Keynote or Pennington lecture).

BAPEN has invested in the development of its new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) website to enable an interactive experience with users able to view the slide presentations and listen to the speaker commentary at a time and in a place that suits each individual. As these have been designed as e-learning modules, there will also be accompanying multiple choice questions that can be completed to demonstrate learning, for inclusion in personal portfolios.

To access the 2014 Annual Conference E-Learning modules please go to

BAPEN is planning to produce further modules from its planned sessions at DDF 2015 – but for those who are able to get to DDF, don’t forget that Early Bird registration ends on 20th March and that being a BAPEN member ensures significant discounts on the costs of registration.

For more information, interviews and comment:
Philippa Cahill, on 07958 360 112, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


BAPEN is a charitable association that raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community.

The association is made up of influential professional and patient organisations, which work in collaboration to improve and deliver safe and effective nutritional care throughout the UK: 

  • BAPEN Medical is primarily aimed at doctors but is open to all those with an interest in clinical nutrition. Its aims are: Education and training of clinicians at all levels; to encourage research and development and to foster collaborations between members’ research groups; to foster inter-disciplinary links and collaboration between medical specialties; to foster multi-professional links and collaboration between health professionals.
  • BAPEN regional reps are a multidisciplinary team of professionals working in the field of nutrition. Providing a local resource for education, training and support in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, they can be contacted via the BAPEN website. 
  • The British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group (BPNG) is a specialist group for primarily pharmacists and scientists, but open to all with an interest in clinical nutrition. The group was founded in 1988 following growing concerns about the stability of parenteral nutrition feeds. BPNG has published position statements on ‘multichamber bags’, in-line filtration of PN and calcium phosphate stability. Education is now a focus for the group which runs multidisciplinary ‘fundamental parenteral nutrition’ and ‘advanced’ nutrition courses. Publications include the ‘Handbook for drug administration via enteral feeding tubes’ and a competency framework for pharmacists working within clinical nutrition.
  • The British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) provides professional leadership and promotes standards of care for children with nutritional, gastrointestinal and hepatological disorders. Its membership includes consultants and specialist trainees in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition as well as specialist dietitians, nurses and nutrition pharmacists. The society supports research, training and education for members and the development of standards of care for children with nutritional disorders; it also gives advice and support to implement child-centred strategies to deliver nutrition assessment and nutrition support through the Nutrition & Intestinal Failure Working Group.
  • The National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG) The NNNG was established in 1986. It is a registered charity which aims to promote education and the nursing role in nutrition and related subjects for the nursing profession for the benefit of patients in hospital and community environments. Over recent years the focus of the group has widened to reflect the increasing profile of nutrition: from screening strategies and mealtimes to the complex nature of artificial feeding.
  • The Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Group (PENG) is a specialist group of the British Dietetic Association. The PENG strives to train, educate, support and represent dietitians working in oral, enteral and parenteral nutrition support in all care settings. The group acts as the professional voice on matters pertaining to nutritional support and is a founder group of BAPEN. Members are registered dietitians who aim to ensure that nutritional support for patients is safe and clinically effective both in hospital and at home. 
  • PINNT is the UK support group for patients on home enteral or parenteral nutrition. Established 25 years ago, PINNT has grown into a community that provides genuine understanding to help individuals and carers, deal with the many challenges faced on artificial feeding at home. They also work closely with healthcare professionals, suppliers and manufacturers in order to enhance the patient journey. The PINNT network provides a unique and united voice to campaign for a better, flexible and safer service.
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