National Nurses Nutrition Group National Nurses Nutrition Group

Annual General Meeting

Monday 13th June 2011

Castlefield Rooms, Manchester




Apologies:  Ruth Brierly Angie Davidson, Tracy Earley. 


In attendance:  Committee – Liz Evans Chair, Neil Wilson Secretary, Anne Myers Treasurer, Carolyn Best Communications Officer, Barbara Dovaston, Winnie Magambo, Linda Warriner

Members  – 40 Members signed in


Chair’s reportLiz Evans gave her chairs report some of  the activities of the NNNG during recent months:

  • Linda Warriner joined the committee – Community background.
  • Roles and responsibilities will be reviewed in July meeting
  • Welcome pack to introduce new members to committee to be created
  • Constitution will be reviewed this year and members will be consulted
  • Liz attended BAPEN think tank, structure and organisation of BAPEN and its work with core groups
  • Annmarie Nunwa represents NNNG at education and training
  • UKDDW – American model of delivering a conference, idea is that all conferences come together ie; BSG and BAPEN.  NNNG to do symposium but will still hold NNNG conference next year.
  • Yahoo discussions demonstrate that roles are changing and NPSA and Hydration are impacting on these roles.
  • Liz presented at BJN awards and presented Tracy Earley an award which was independently selected as outstanding in nutrition.
  • Enteral plastics safety group – Barbara is representing us on this industry group
  • RCN Digestive Diseases Day – NNNG to work with them on providing a nutrition representative
  • Asked to link with Dementia group to build up stronger links in relation to complex patient assessment
  • Members only section on the website to provide members with an area to share ideas and policies.
  • Launching outstanding achievement award – anyone can be nominated that has made an outstanding impact in nutrition.


Vision for the future – to move with the political climate and ensure the NNNG and nursing are at the heart of decision making in nutrition.


Committee Posts:

Anne Myers due for re election in December 2012.


Financial reportAnne Myers gave her report as Treasurer.

In excess of £20,000 in accounts.

Conference has not been fully paid or income fully received but we should be cost neutral.


Unusual expenditure this year:

  • NNNG Advanced Study Day
  • Competency framework printing



Membership report / Yahoo Discussion Board  Neil Wilson, Secretary, gave a membership report.

Current number of members is 162 in total to date, with 65 NHS Nutrition Nurses, Hospital Based, 6 Community based and 28 both =99 Majority band 7, followed by band 6, 5 and 3 respectively.  48 industry nurses and 15 associate members with 5 dietitians and others.


Membership expires on 31st January each year. Fees to remain at £30 for full year and £20 for remaining year from July onwards.

Electronic renewal will be explored in relation to giving members the opportunity to pay by Paypal.


Member details kept on an Access Database on Neil’s drive at work. BAPEN database for some of the core groups membership will be launched very soon.  However the NNNG have opted out of this as the benefits provided to the group were limited and some required repetition which was not seen as beneficial for our members.

Andrea Cartwright fed back that the BAPEN database was reviewed last week and is much improved, Neil is surprised by this as he was told completion was some time ago and this was the final version and no further date would be made for delay.



CommunicationsCarolyn Best gave a report on the NNNG newsletter and other media. NNNG have been asked to contribute to the Nursing Times hydration and nutrition supplements later this year.

Members invited to write articles for the newsletter as committee is always on the lookout for support with its writing activities for varying journals.


Kate Pickering, Webmaster, gave a report on the NNNG website

Kate generally updates the website with new information 40,000 hits a year, 3200 downloads from the website per month.

Committee members want a member’s only section on the website and this will be password protected. This password would be changed annually and be generic so members could get it from their colleagues if they forget it.

Cost implication if we change hosts and update it in relation to membership, and we will need support to do this.



Any other businessNo other business


Meeting closed 1652

Thank you to all those who were able to attend.





Liz Evans                                                                  Neil Wilson

NNNG Chair                                                            NNNG Secretary