Critical Care Specialist Group - Annual Study Day - Let’s learn all a’bowel’ it! Including the CCSG Research Award and AGM

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Our annual study day is back face to face, something we hope many of you will be pleased to hear. If you can't attend in person you will also be able to watch virtually as we go hybrid! Those attending in Birmingham will recieve a goody bag too!

The day will cover the intestinal failure, be that through bowel obstruction, ileus, feed intolerances, parenteral nutrition and many exciting topics!  The AGM and Critical Care Specialist Group Research Award will also be part of the day so don't miss it.  More information to follow.  Find out more about the day


  • Dr Hazreen Abdul Majid, Associate Professor and Course Lead in Dietetics, AECC University College

Hazreen obtained his PhD from King’s College London. He was the Head of Centre for Population Health Research and a Professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Malaya. He was a visiting fellow at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and a faculty member for the Doctorate in Public Health program at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. As a trained dietitian, his doctoral dissertation made some scientific contributions to clinical nutrition in understanding the mechanisms of prebiotics in reducing diarrhoea for intensive care unit patients receiving enteral nutrition. This ongoing work has been extended to the usage of both pre and probiotics in intensive care units. In addition to some clinical work and research, he had experience in developing collaborative partnerships at the local and state levels for nationally and internationally funded cohort and community-based studies. He had also worked as a dietitian in the UK and in Malaysia.

Hazreen will present an update about the role of pre/ probiotics in altering microbiota in the management of intensive care patients

Hazreen will cover enteral nutrition, nutritional support given to critical care patients to prevent malnutrition. However, critically ill patients undergo early impairment of their gut microbiota due to routine antibiotic therapies and other environmental factors leading to intestinal dysbiosis. It is important to understand the latest updates on how pre or probiotics potentially help with the gut microbiota impairment.

  • Danni Bear, Consultant Dietitian – Critical Care, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Danni is a consultant dietitian in critical care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) with more than 10 years’ experience in the specialty. Danni has a keen interest in research and completed a prestigious NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2021 where she explored the measurement and prevention of skeletal muscle wasting during critical illness and the effect on recovery. Her research continues to focus on this area.

Danni will present Nutrition in the Critically ill – A Year in Review

Danni will provide an update of the most influential critical care nutrition trials published over the last year. The session will include study details, points of consideration and take home messages for clinical practice.

  • Annika Reintam Blaser, Associate Professor, Universiy of Tartu, Estonia and Senior Consultant in Lucerne Cantonal Hospital, Lucerne, Switzerland

Annika is currently working in the ICU of the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital as a senior consultant and at the same time as associate professor in University of Tartu, Estonia. She is leading the working group on gastrointestinal function in the FREM (feeding, rehabilitation, endocrinology and metabolism) section of the ESICM and is associate editor of the JPEN journal. Her main research topics are gastrointestinal dysfunction in critically ill patients, acute mesenteric ischaemia, and intra-abdominal hypertension.

Annika will present Enteral Feed Intolerance

  • Gavin Leahy, Pharmacy Operational Services Manager and Lead IF Pharmacist, Salford Royal Hospital, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

Gavin has worked as a pharmacist at Salford Royal Hospital for over 16 years. This includes 10 years' experience in nutrition and gastroenterology, firstly as a member of the hospital nutrition support team and, over the last 8 years, as lead intestinal failure pharmacist. In addition to this, he is a non-medical prescriber and the pharmacy operational services manager.

Gavin will present Pharmacological Management of High Output Stomas

Gavin will cover the various drug options in the management of high output stomas and fistulae, including pharmacological action and dosing. He will also cover the challenges with sufficient absorption in this group of patients and touch on issues specific to the critical care setting.

  • Emma Noble, Clinical Lead Dietitian for Intestinal Failure, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Emma has been working as an acute dietitian specialising in artificial nutrition support since graduating from the University of Surrey in 2006. Her specialist interest areas are intestinal failure, gastrointestinal surgery and parenteral nutrition. She has been the Clinical Lead Dietitian for Intestinal Failure at Leeds Teaching Hospitals for 5 years. She completed an MSc in 2021 when she evaluated the micronutrient status of patients on home parenteral support and recently became a supplementary prescriber.

Emma will present The Insides System, a patient journey

Emma will present a case study of a patient with intestinal failure receiving home parenteral nutrition support who successfully reduced his dependence on home parenteral nutrition with chyme reinfusion using the Insides System.

  • Mina Bharal, Lead Critical Care Dietitian & Team Lead for St. Mark’s Intestinal Failure / Gastroenterology Dietitians, London North West Hospitals University Trust. 

Mina has been working at Northwick Park & St. Mark’s Hospitals since 2007. She has a Master’s in Clinical Research and has published her findings on the efficacy and safety of Volume Based Feeding in critical care patients. Her ongoing research interests include energy requirements in the metabolic phases of critical illness and complex colorectal surgery and routinely uses indirect calorimetry in her critical care practice.

Mina will present Case Study - A type 3 if patient admitted to critical care

Mina will describe her experience of type 3 intestinal failure patients, why they are admitted to intensive care and will also discuss the nutritional management of a complex case study. 

  • Alison Culkin, Consultant Dietitian Intestinal Rehabilitation, St Mark's Hospital, London

Alison has worked at St Mark's since 1998. She completed her PhD in 2010 and qualified as the first supplementary prescriber in 2017. She is the clinical lead for the PENG clinical update and sits on the British Intestinal Failure Alliance committee representing dietetics.  

Alison will present an Overview of Intestinal Failure 

Alison will cover an overview of the 3 different types of intestinal failure; Difficulties identifying gut dysfunction on ICU and questions she gets asked by ICU Dietitians.

  • Ella Terblanche, Principal Critical Care Dietitian, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Dietetic Professional Lead, NHS Elect AHP

Ella is a critical care dietitian at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and is currently on a secondment with NHS Elect, developing an AHP capability framework for critical care. She has a passion for education and training as in actively involved in the CCSG introduction to critical care dietetics course.

Ella will present EN or PN – When to continue with EN vs when to consider PN

Ella will take us on a journey looking at the historical perceptions of parenteral nutrition in critical care, what relevant studies have been undertaken and how they should inform our practice. The talk will conclude with an interesting case study, demonstrating how these principles can be incorporated into clinical practice.

  • Phill Johnston, Dietetic Manager / Critical Care Extended Roles Dietitian, Salford Care Organisation, Part of the Northern Care Alliance

Phill is currently in a split role post. Half of his week is being the clinical lead dietitian for the critical care unit at Salford Royal. As part of this he performs some extended roles including nasogastric tube insertion, nasal bridle insertion and swallow screening. In the other part of his job he job shares managing the wider dietetic department. He has recently being successful in applying for the managerial position full time, but will be staying in his split post until his clinical backfill recruitment takes place.

Phill will present Case Study - Complications of bariatric surgery - An expanding problem

Obesity is an ongoing health problem and patients are keen to resolve this and achieve optimal quality of life. Waiting lists for surgery on the NHS continue to grow. As a result patients are looking at alternatives and seeking bariatric surgery privately or abroad. They frequently do not get the follow-up care they need and end up within our services whilst adverse events of their surgery are managed. We will explore a case study of a patient admitted to the critical care unit post bariatric surgery needing parenteral nutrition.

Find out more about the day


  • Critical Care Specialist Group Member £75
  • BDA Member £100 - Only tickets for Birmingham remain
  • Non Member £150 - Only tickets for Birmingham remain
  • Critical Care Specialist Group Student Member £25 - Only tickets for Birmingham remain

Important - Recordings will be emailed to all those who purchase tickets, these will not be available to purchase afterwards. Therefore please ensure you have bought your tickets prior to the event if you are planning on watching the recordings

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