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The PENG Award is an annual supportive educational grant sponsored by Abbott, Fresenius Kabi and Nutricia who each give £500 sponsorship to a PENG member.

The PENG committee has a mission to encourage more dietitians to conduct and publish quality improvement projects and audit. Many dietitians follow the latest evidence within their local service but frequently don't think to publish the great outcomes. The PENG committee wants to inspire all members to share their great work.

The PENG award is usually presented to the top three scoring BAPEN conference abstracts. However, this year, 2023, two of these awards will be granted to BAPEN conference abstract first authors who have not previously had an abstract accepted in a BAPEN conference. The goal of reserving awards for clinical dietitians new to abstract submission is to ensure all members of PENG have the ability to receive the award.

Not sure where to start! Here are some top tips that should help you get started:

  1. Don't do it alone - If you as the first author are doing this with support from clinicians experienced in writing abstracts you can still apply for the award. It is encouraged to make sure someone else reads your work and supports you through the process of audit/service improvement design.
  2. Contact PENG for support – The committee is keen to provide mentors to assist audit/service improvement design and conference abstract writing. Contact us on
  3. Watch our webinar – In 2022 we presented a webinar which steps you through how to write an abstract. See the recording here
  4. Real award-winning examples – Watching the 2022 PENG award winners will give you ideas on how to conduct audit or quality improvement projects.

This PENG award is an excellent opportunity for a PENG member to attend a prestigious conference, present their work in person and find inspiration for the next project. Apply now:

PENG Award Winners 2023

PENG Award winners 2023

Alison Culkin

A randomised controlled crossover trial comparing polymeric and semi-elemental oral nutritional supplements (ONS) in patients with short bowel.

Emma Noble

The vitamin and trace element status of intestinal failure patients receiving long-term home parenteral nutrition and home parenteral fluid.

Hayley Williams

Parenteral Nutrition (PN) use post cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)- preliminary results.

PENG Award winners 2022

  • Oscar Walton for Cross-Sectional Study of Registered Dietitians’ Perspectives on Training to Position Nasogastric Tubes
  • Kathleen McGrath for Putting the PENG 2018 refeeding syndrome guidance into practice
  • Kirstine Farrer for An innovative addition to the management of type 2 intestinal failure – chyme pump service evaluation

PENG 2021 Award Winners

PENG Award Winners 2019

PENG Award winners 2019

Congratulations to Robynne Cranston, Sorrel Burden and Veronica Maher who were awarded PENG Awards for 2019.

PENG Award Winners 2018

PENG Award winners 2018

Congratulations to the PENG Award Winners 2018 - awarded at the PENG AGM November

Pictured: Jennifer Leyland with Fresenius Kabi, David Gray with Abbott and Nutricia, Sean White's award picked up by Kate Hall with all sponsors.

PENG Award Winners 2017

PENG Award winners 2017

Congratulations to Bruno Mafrici, Jenny Gregg, Morag Pearson and Renita Kwong who were awarded PENG Awards for 2017.

PENG Award Winners 2016

PENG Award winners 2016

Congratulations to Sean White, Paula Young and Stephanie Richardson who were awarded PENG Awards for 2016.

2016 Winning Presentations

Developing an Extended Role in the Management of Enteral Feeding Tubes – a Dietitian's Journey

– Paula Young

Extended Role & Outcomes

Examining the Role of Patient Values in Decisions About Long-term Enteral Feeding: A Qualitative Study

– Sean White

Introducing Outcome Measures for Home Enteral Feeding (HEF) Patients in Chichester

– Stephanie Richardson

PENG are pleased to announce the winners of PENG Award 2015 who presented their abstracts at the PENG study day November 16th 2015

PENG Award winners 2015


  • Bruno Mafrici, Nottingham
  • Janet Gordon, Birmingham
  • Amy Eldrid, Edinburgh
  • Mel Baker, Leicester
  • Charlie Proctor, London
  • Lisa Goldie, Glasgow

PENG Award 2014

PENG Award winners 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 PENG Award Winners - Rhys White, Alison Culkin and Ruth Stow

PENG are also grateful to the supporters of the Award who are Abbott Nutrition, Fresenius Kabi and Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition.

PENG Award 2013

PENG Award winners 2013

PENG Educational Officer Update by Carole-Anne Fleming

PENG (PENG) in association with Abbott Nutrition, Fresenius Kabi and Nutricia would like to congratulate Ann Ashworth, Lucy Bartkowiak, Toril Ofstad and Rhys White (pictured from left to right) the winners of the PENG award 2013. Each winner will receive a £500 supportive educational grant which will allow then to attend the 21st Conference or another relevant educational conference/study day. Reports of how each winner has used their grant will appear in e- PENlines next year.

The FOUR winning abstracts that were submitted were:

An investigation into food and fluid provision and consumption in a Scottish rehabilitation hospital for older adults. By T.W.K. Ofstad, E. Bannerman, H.I.M. Davidson and J. Jones, Queen Margaret University, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 6UU, UK

A retrospective study investigating the impact of radical radiotherapy on the nutritional status of patients with lung cancer. By R. White and E. Palmgren, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, London SE1 9RT, UK

Dietary nitrate – an unrecognized nutrient? By A. Ashworth, S.J. Bailey, G.M. Hayward, F. DiMenna, A. Vanhatalo, A.M. Jones, Sport and Health Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2 LU, UK

Evaluation of food record charts used within the hospital setting to estimate energy and protein intakes. By L. Bartkowiak, J. Jones and E. Bannerman, Queen Margaret University, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6UU, UK.

PENG Award Winners Archive: