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Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Group (PEN Group) of the British Dietetic Association – Supporting Excellence in Nutritional Care

Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Group


The Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (PEN) Group was established in 1983 as a specialist group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). It is a founder group of BAPEN. Over the years the PEN group has gained national and international reputation as a recognised authority on both practical and academic aspects of nutritional support. Today, the PEN group strives to support its network of Dietitians to deliver excellence in nutritional care through appropriate oral, enteral and parenteral nutrition

It aims to achieve this through:

  • providing a forum in which dietitians working in nutritional support  can exchange ideas and share and develop  best / evidence based practice
  • acting as a voice of professional expertise and authority for and on behalf of dietitians working in oral, enteral and parenteral nutrition support
  • working in partnership with key organisations including BAPEN and the BDA to raise the profile of  the importance of good nutritional care in all care settings
  • supporting the development of resources for use by its members, patients  and other healthcare professionals.

Courses and study days:

The PEN group offers study days open to members and non-members and also plays a role in contributing to the BAPEN Annual conference and programme. PEN group also runs a highly successful Clinical Update course annually. Aimed at Dietitians specialising in nutritional support and taught at Masters level, the Clinical Update course runs over a 7 month period and combines residential with distance learning. For more information on the Clinical Update course visit

Membership subscription details

Subscription Required? Yes. Members must be dietitians who are members of the BDA.

Subscription Fee?  £20 per year.

Subscription Frequency? Annually from Feb/March.