BAPEN Annual Conference coming to you online

We have cancelled our in-person Annual Conference which was scheduled to take place in Brighton in November 2021, due to continued uncertainty around COVID-19.

We are, however, pleased to be bringing the BAPEN Annual Conference to you online and to try and fit around your working day and commitments, two webinars will be live streamed each day at 4.00 - 5.30pm and 6.30 – 8.00pm.

Webinar Series 2021


Free access to the entire series for BAPEN members*

Non-members access to the series for £35.00
including one year’s membership to BAPEN

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29th November to 2nd December

Including BAPEN AGM and Annual Awards

Join your colleagues for an exciting programme of virtual webinars, live streamed with Q&A participation.

*Free access if your BAPEN membership is up to date and valid at the time of broadcast not at the time of registration

Webinar Series 2021 programme

The opening webinar will highlight some of the major work streams of BAPEN over the last year. This will include the safe care of nasogastric tubes, national survey of malnutrition and nutritional care, the British Artificial Nutrition surgery and the collaborative work BAPEN has undertaken with other organisations relating to Covid-19.


Dr Rebecca Stratton, Chair of Malnutrition Action Group (MAG)

Further information to be announced.

Sarah-Jane Hughes and Emily Walters, Co-chairs of British Artificial Nutrition Survey (BANS)

Further information to be announced.

Dr Barry Jones, Chair, The Covid Airborne Protection Alliance (CAPA)

Presentation title: Nasogastric tube insertion during the Covid pandemic: surgical masks v respiratory protective equipment

This session will cover a state-of-the-art look at evaluation and treatment of the patient with suspected intestinal dysmotility; an expert review of the physiological effects of direct jejunal feeding; and an update from the cutting edge of regenerative medicine on the latest efforts to grow functional small bowel for implantation.


Dr Jeremy Nightingale, Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist, St. Mark’s Hospital, Harrow

Presentation title: Clinical management of small bowel dysmotility

Prof Carel le Roux, Co-Director Metabolic Medicine Group, University College Dublin

Presentation title: Neurohormonal consequences of jejunal feeding

Dr Laween Meran, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Gastroenterology, University of Oxford

Presentation title: Stem cell approaches to generation of functional small bowel

After a comprehensive look at nutritional requirements in liver diseases including cirrhosis, there will be a focus on intestinal failure and parental nutrition covering topics such as biochemical monitoring and liver biopsy.


Dr Lisa Sharkey, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Presentation title: When to carry out liver biopsy in home parenteral nutrition patients

Dr Simon Gabe, Consultant in Gastroenterology & Intestinal Rehabilitation, St Mark's Hospital, Harrow

Presentation title: Liver Dysfunction in Intestinal Failure – don’t blame the PN!

Jennifer Towey, Specialist Liver Transplant and HPB Dietitian, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust

Presentation title: Estimating nutritional requirements in liver disease

In this multidisciplinary symposium we will explore the nutritional care around intestinal surgery, including the role and considerations for surgery in abdominal malignancy, post-operative micronutrient provision and the role of clinical psychology in Intestinal Failure.


Dr Sarah Kelly, Intestinal Failure Psychologist, Salford IFU

Presentation title: Psychology of Intestinal Failure

Dr Karl Neff, Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

Presentation title: Micronutrient deficiencies after surgical interventions

Speaker to be confirmed

Presentation title: Surgical options for palliative bowel cancer and their nutritional consequences

Decisions about nutrition and hydration - when to start, continue or stop treatment - are some of the most challenging decisions we make in practice, particularly amongst patients who are palliative or end of life. Building on the newly updated Royal College of Physicians guidance ‘supporting people who have eating and drinking difficulties’ (2021) key authors of the guidance, representing a wide range of specialties, including neurology, dietetics, gastroenterology and law, provide their insights and discuss a range of challenging cases, including oral feeding with known risks, to illustrate how healthcare professionals need to work together with patients, their families and carers to make decisions around nutrition and hydration that are in the best interests of the patient.


Dr Aminda de Silva, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Presentation title: What’s new – an overview of changes to the RCP Eating and Drinking Dilemmas Guidance (2021).

Dr Tom Hughes, Consultant Neurologist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Presentation title: A refresh of swallowing physiology, mechanisms and what can go wrong.

Alex Ruck Keene, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers; Visiting Professor, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London

Presentation title: An overview of case law contributing to current position statements and guidance.

Interactive cases with expert panel

Case 1: Dr Andrew Rochford, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Barts Health NHS Trust

Case 2: Dr Nicola Burch, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospital Coventry


Alex Ruck Keene

Dr Tom Hughes

Dr Nicola Burch

Dr Andrew Rochford

Claire Campbell, Nutrition Clinical Nurse Specialist, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust; chair National Nutrition Nursing Group

Dr Anne Holdoway, Consultant Dietitian, BMI Bath Clinic, Dorothy House Hospice and Royal United Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Education Officer BAPEN

Dr Trevor Smith, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust; president of BAPEN

This year’s BSGPHAN paediatric symposium will focus on the nutrition management of IBD. Three experts in the field will be invited to talk about different topics relevant to physicians and allied health professionals caring for children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis:


Dr Kelsey Jones, Consultant paediatric Gastroenterologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust.

Presentation title: Exclusive enteral nutrition and diet in IBD.

Dr Anthi Thangarajah, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Presentation title: Body composition in children with IBD: impact on health and disease.

Professor Konstantinos Gerasimidis, Professor of Clinical Nutrition, School of Medicine, University of Glasgow.

Presentation title: Micronutrient deficiencies in children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: prevention, diagnosis and management.

What do you need to know when prescribing drugs for patients on enteral and parenteral nutrition? What are the challenges of managing fluid and hydration therapy in paediatric cancer patients both as inpatients and for palliative care? How do drugs affect appetite? These are some of the questions that this symposium will consider.


Uchu Meade, Pharmacy Manager, St. Mark’s Hospital Harrow & Roshni Patel, Senior Pharmacist, St Mark’s Hospital Harrow.

Presentation title: The prescribing of drugs for patients on parenteral and enteral nutrition – issues to consider.

Bhumik Patel, Specialist Palliative Care Pharmacist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Presentation title: The management of fluids in the paediatric / palliative cancer patient.

Priya Mistry, lead pharmacist, nutritional support and intestinal failure, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Presentation title: Drugs and appetite.

A myth busting session regarding parenteral nutrition (PN) homecare. Updates from the Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) Framework for England along with the innovation that is taking place to enhance the service received by those on HPN. A review as to what is happening around the UK; as well as discussing some of the dilemmas and challenges that have arisen, how they have been responded to and how this complex homecare service will continue to evolve as the fragile world of parenteral nutrition homecare needs to be responsive to changing times.


Mia Small, Nurse Consultant Nutrition and Intestinal Failure, St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow.

Presentation title: ‘Check out’ the updates on the HPN Framework in England.

Linda Hardy, Regional QA Specialist Pharmacist, Yorkshire & the Humber.

Presentation title: ‘Oh no – they’ve sent a substitute product again!’ – managing quality issues affecting the supply of compounded PN.

Sarah Zeraschi, Consultant Pharmacist Nutrition, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Presentation title: ‘That’s going straight in my basket’ – top tips for when things don’t go to plan.

Webinar Series 2021 Registration

BAPEN members can register for the BAPEN Webinar Series 2021 for free*.

There is a £35 fee for non-members which includes free BAPEN membership for 1 year, should you wish to take up this membership offer.

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*BAPEN membership should be valid at the time of broadcast not registration

The BAPEN webinar series are supported by unrestricted educational grants from our industry colleagues.

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Submitted an abstract for BAPEN Conference?

We are pleased to confirm that, whilst the in-person BAPEN Conference has been deferred, if you have submitted an Abstract or Late Breaking Abstract, these will still go through the abstract selection process and accepted abstracts will be required to prepare a poster and short digital presentation which will be added to the BAPEN website. An abstract booklet will still be available and all accepted abstracts will be submitted for publication in the online ESPEN Clinical Nutrition journal.

Authors of submitted abstracts will be contacted in due course.

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