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Introducing The Essentials of Clinical Nutrition – updated E-Learning Modules from BAPEN

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 10:30

Dr Simon Gabe, BAPEN President

We are pleased to announce that BAPEN has updated its Virtual Learning Environment platform and a range of e-learning modules that have been specifically designed to support nutrition education of health professionals. Although appropriate for all professions it is worth noting that they meet the requirements of the curricula for the foundation and core medical training years.

These modules are free to all those who work in the NHS.

In addition to these three modules, there are two other types of e-learning available:

  1. Education about nutritional screening and the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool

    A 'MUST' for Care Homes (SCORM compliant)
    A 'MUST' for Primary Care (SCORM compliant)
    A 'MUST' for Hospitals (SCORM compliant)
    (These modules are free to all those who work in the NHS)

  2. Selected conference sessions from the BAPEN meeting 2013, 2014 and DDF 2015

Topics include nutrition in cancer, dementia, HPN, eating disorders – a total of more than 30 modules. These modules are free to BAPEN members or have a nominal charge of either £5 or £10

Each module consists of:

  • Introductory information
  • Case studies with integrated questions and further supporting information
  • Supporting resources to download, including the introductory information and relevant references
  • A final quiz
  • A certificate to print off once the learner has passed the quiz.

There is now widespread recognition of the prevalence of malnutrition, and its impact as both a cause and consequence of disease, across the UK and yet we continue to see an increase in incidence levels and related costs. As such there has never been a greater need for more relevant training and education in this area.

If you are not already familiar with the Learning Environment we really hope that you will take time to review it and the modules available. http://www.bapen.org.uk/e-learning-portal. If you can please also share this information with your colleagues. If you have any questions about the modules and training available please do not hesitate to contact the BAPEN Secretary to discuss further: email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Questionnaire for clinicians and units directly treating very underweight patients with Anorexia Nervosa

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 14:51

Prof Alastair Forbes, Chairman of the Small Bowel and Nutrition Section

Most gastroenterologists find themselves dealing with patients with anorexia nervosa at least occasionally and many of you will be familiar with the MARSIPAN guidance produced in conjunction with and on behalf of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, Pathologists and Psychiatrists. MARSIPAN of course stands not for the confectionery but for MAnagement of the Really SIck Patient with Anorexia Nervosa!

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it heads the MARSIPAN group and is keen for feedback on how uptake of the guidance has affected patient care (if at all) and would be very grateful for your time in completing the attached short questionnaire. Please return it to him and not to the BSG.

  Download survey

BAPEN Nutritional Care Tool

Thursday, 04 February 2016 14:09

Many organisations have had a heavy reliance on auditing of nutritional screening but few organisations have really focused on measuring the quality of nutritional care delivered; hence few are able, with any degree of confidence, to be assured that they are fully compliant with current regulations. The new nutritional care tool, developed by BAPEN with support from the core groups; the national nurses nutrition group (NNNG), the Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition group (PENG) of the British Dietetic Association and Patients on Intravenous and Nasogastric Nutrition Therapy (PINNT) provides a local improvement measurement tool which enables the measurement of the quality of nutritional care.

New Global Enteral Device Connector

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:59

Dr Sheldon Cooper (Chair, BAPEN Medical) & Prof Alastair Forbes (Chair, BSG Small Bowel & Nutrition Committee)

A new International Standard (ISO 80369-3) is being published this year and covers all connectors on enteral devices.

In order to comply with the International Standard, a new global enteral feeding device connector design (named ENFit) will be introduced across the UK from September 2015. The ENFit introduction will be a 2-stage process, with transition giving sets and gravity sets made available from September 2015, followed by ENFit feeding tubes and syringes being introduced from March 2016.

To facilitate the smooth transition to the ISO standard, a group made up of industry, clinical and NHS stakeholders was formed and named the EPSG (Enteral Plastic Safety Group). The EPSG represents all leading UK enteral feeding devices suppliers, with clinical representation from the PENG of the BDA, NNNG and supported by PINNT, BAPEN and BPNG. The following companies are members of the EPSG: Abbott; Corpak; Covidien; Fresenius Kabi; GBUK Enteral (Enteral UK); Intervene; Medicina; Nutricia; Vygon. EPSG member companies and NHS Supply Chain have agreed not to place any ENFit enteral feeding device (other than transition giving sets and gravity sets) into the UK market until 14th March 2016. It is envisaged that this process will minimise disruption to the NHS, whilst maintaining patient safety at all times. For further information about ENFit and how the changeover affects you and your patients, please contact your current enteral devices supplier or any of the following represented clinical groups: PENG of the BDA, NNNG, PINNT, BAPEN, BPNG.

What's hot in coeliac disease?

Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:05

Coeliac disease occurs when genetically predisposed individuals are exposed to dietary gluten. The clinical presentation of coeliac disease can be diverse, extending far beyond the traditional malabsorptive symptoms, and asymptomatic disease is generally identified by screening. At present, a gluten-free diet is the only available therapy for coeliac disease.

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