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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.

BAPEN is a coherent network of highly motivated healthcare professionals working with patients and their carers across a range of inter-connected disciplines to deliver improvements in nutritional care in the UK.

BAPEN structure

BAPEN structure

Organisation of the Board of Trustees

Organisation of the Board of Trustees

BAPEN policy and business are directed by its Governing Council. Members of BAPEN Council are all full members of BAPEN and include elected representatives of the Core Groups and Associate Societies of BAPEN, the Chairs of the Standing Committees and the elected members of the Executive Team. Members of Council are usually appointed annually and serve a maximum term of three years.

BAPEN Council meets at least twice a year and has the following responsibilities:

  • To approve or reject applications for membership
  • To maintain a list of all BAPEN members
  • To elect the Executive Officers of BAPEN
  • To appoint a BAPEN representative to the European Nutrition Society (ESPEN)
  • To appoint Standing Committees and determine their terms of reference, duration and composition
  • To select members of BAPEN for special acclaim, including the BAPEN Roll of Honour, Honorary Life Membership and the invitation to become a member of BAPEN Independent Advisory Committee (IAC).

BAPEN Council receives regular reports from the Executive Team, the Standing Committees and Associate Societies and helps to support and direct their work. Significant achievements over the last few years have included:

  • In 2016 the Intestinal Failure Registry was launched, developed by BANS and part of the NHS England strategy for intestinal failure – this extended the dataset to enable collection of acute intestinal failure data in addition to home parenteral nutrition and represented a major collaboration with NHS England.
  • Ailsa Brotherton secured a grant for BAPEN from the Health Foundation, which was used to run a series of regional meetings in 2016 designed to support clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and providers implement NHS England’s guidance ‘Commissioning Excellent Nutrition and Hydration 2015-2018’. Three films were produced
  • A public self-screening tool for malnutrition has been developed with linked advice at
  • In 2015, building on the work undertaken during the Nutrition Screening Weeks, which really helped create a country-wide picture of the prevalence of malnutrition in the UK, BAPEN developed a new web-based Nutritional Care Tool which will enable organisations to monitor nutritional screening, the effectiveness of nutritional care they provide and patient experience.
  • During Nutrition & Hydration week 2015, BAPEN launched its new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) website. Through this e-learning portal members can access a range of e-learning modules which are designed for both doctors and other health and social care workers including 3 modules covering disease related malnutrition and nutritional support, 3 interactive SCORM compliant modules on Nutritional Screening using ‘MUST’ and a third section of select presentations from the BAPEN annual conference with multiple choice questions for learners.
  • The Malnutrition Taskforce is an independent group of experts across health, social care and local government united to address preventable malnutrition in older people. BAPEN has been a key member of the taskforce since it was established in 2012. The aim of the task force is to share expertise from different sectors and to work with partners in hospitals, care homes, local authorities and private and voluntary organisations. For further information on the malnutrition task force and to access their resources please visit
  • Engagement with the NHS and Social Care Quality Agenda leading to the production of the BAPEN Toolkit for Commissioners and Providers “Malnutrition Matters: Meeting Quality Standards in Nutritional Care” launched in May 2010 with an updated Second Edition launched in 2012.
  • Members of BAPEN were involved in producing the NCEPOD (National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death) report on the care of hospital patients receiving parenteral nutrition, published in June 2010
  • BAPEN took an active role in the consultation on NHS outcomes and are delighted that nutrition has been included in two of the five domains of the Department of Health NHS Outcomes Framework
  • BAPEN has worked to support the development of a regionally based intestinal failure network, through the British Intestinal Failure Alliance (BIFA), led by Jeremy Powell-Tuck
  • BAPEN undertook four Nutrition Screening Weeks (one in each season) to give robust  data on the prevalence of malnutrition and those at risk of malnutrition in the UK. A data review was published in 2014. NSW Reports
  • BAPEN’s Malnutrition Action Group has continued to develop and promote 'MUST', our nutrition screening tool. There are now both hospital and community e-learning tools and a SCORM compliant version that allows the record of training to be incorporated in the NHS electronic staff record. There is a MUST calculator available on the BAPEN website and now a MUST ‘app’ for the i-Phone. ‘MUST’ scooped the 2008 NHS Business Award in the Innovation category and is now the most widely used nutrition screening tool in the UK.
  • Our British Artificial Nutrition Survey (BANS) Committee solved the difficulties relating to consent and data protection with the development and launch of e-BANS which allows the electronic recording of all patients on home enteral and parenteral feeding
  • BAPEN has published a number of influential reports including:
  • BAPEN contributed to the Nutrition Fact Sheets published by the NPSA with Christine Russell drafting the Factsheet on Nutritional Screening
  • BAPEN Medical (chaired by Jeremy Powell-Tuck) led the development of the British Consensus Guidelines on Intravenous Fluid Therapy for Adult Surgical Patients, working with the Association for Clinical Biochemistry, the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and Society of Academic and Research Surgery, the Renal Association and the Intensive Care society. These guidelines were launched in 2008 and updated in 2011.
  • BAPEN took an active and prominent role in the development of the Nutrition Action Plan and in the publication of “Improving Nutritional Care: A Joint Action Plan from the Department of Health and Nutrition Summit stakeholders”  published in October 2007
  • BAPEN developed e-learning modules on nutrition for junior doctors and made them freely available on its website
  • BAPEN continues to hold a successful Annual Conference and in 2012 embarked on an exciting joint venture with the British Society of Gastroenterology, the British Association for the Study of the Liver and the Association of Upper GI Surgeons to hold a joint meeting (Digestive Diseases Foundation or DDF) in June 2012 – the first of its kind in the UK. Due to its success, the second DDF meeting was held in June 2015.
  • BAPEN Core Groups all hold their own meetings and teaching days during the year, as do many of the BAPEN regions.

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Regional representatives are your local contact with BAPEN. Use them to gain information or pass comments and/or queries to BAPEN. Look out for information on upcoming study days in your area.

Members of Committee

North East
Madeleine Lee – Nutrition Nurse Specialist
Mr Phil Stevens (Consultant Surgeon)
Northern Ireland
Sarah-Jane Hughes - Chief Dietitian/Clinical Team Lead
Tel: 02890 634 386
Amelia Jukes (Clinical Lead NST) and Dr Rhys Hewett (Consultant Gastroenterologist)
North West
Dr Marie McMahon, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Manchester Royal Infirmary
Tel: 0161 276 4316
Melanie Baker - Senior Specialist Dietitian
Tel: 0116 258 6988 or bleep 4600
West Midlands
Dr Sheldon Cooper
Yorkshire and Humber
Sarah Zeraschi - Pharmacist
Thames Valley
Marion O’Connor - Nutrition Support Dietitian
Tel: 01865 221 702/3
Email: marion.o'
East Anglia
Dr Crawford Jamieson - Consultant Gastroenterologist / NST
North Thames
Dr Andrew Rochford - Consultant Gastroenterologist
Tel: 07946 411 973
South Thames
South West
Richard Johnston - Consultant Gastroenterologist
Tel: 01803 654 865
Peter Austin - Senior Pharmacist
Tel: 02380 796 090
South East
Dr Paul Kitchen - Consultant Gastroenterologist
Tel: 01634 833 838
Industry Representative
Carole Glencorse - Medical Director
Tel: 01628 644 163 Mob: 07818 427 905


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Since its inception in 1992, the British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, now known as BAPEN, has had six pioneering Chairmen who have worked hard, alongside fellow committee members, to ensure the Charitable Association meets the challenges of an ever-changing healthcare environment.

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