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About the BGS

The British Geriatrics Society is the professional body of specialist doctors, nurses, therapists and other professionals concerned with the health care of older people in the United Kingdom.

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Age & Ageing Journal

Age and Ageing  is the British Geriatrics Society’s international scientific journal. It publishes refereed original articles and commissioned reviews on geriatric medicine and gerontology.

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Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts for the BGS 2018 Autumn Meeting to be held in London in November 2018. The submissions facility closes at 17:00 on 29 June (extended from 18th).

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Falls and Postural Stability

This annual BGS event, being held on 14 September in Leeds is widely recognised as the leading meeting in the UK for clinicians working in the field of falls and mobility medicine. 

Managing Frailty and Delayed Transfers of Care in the Acute Setting

How are your services performing? The NHS Benchmarking Network offers you the opportunity to find out!

“The NHS Benchmarking Network provides a unique source of information in this key area. The joint experience of working with the Acute Frailty Network has highlighted that many of the issues relating to DToC can be overcome by early assertive holistic assessment. I strongly encourage all providers of older people’s acute care to sign up this year”
Professor Simon Conroy, Clinical Lead, Acute Frailty Network

What is NHS Benchmarking?

The Benchmarking Network works with its 330+ members to understand the wide variation in demand, capacity and outcomes evident within the NHS. It concentrates on areas that are poorly served by routine NHS statistics. Member organisations are able to take part in any of the Network’s benchmarking projects. The list of members can be found here.

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NHS can drop dozens of unnecessary tests and treatments, say doctors

Guardian (15 June 2018): List suggests no longer giving x-rays for sore backs or separate cataract operations

Patients with sore backs should no longer have x-rays, women who are on the pill should be given a year-long supply and older people should no longer get antibiotics at the end of their lives, according to new advice drawn up by doctors.

In addition, not just children and older people but everyone should take vitamin D supplements over the winter to reduce their risk of developing colds and flu, it says.

The move could prompt claims that the health service is increasingly rationing provision in order to save money. The recommendations are part of a list of 50 tests, procedures and treatments that doctors’ leaders want the NHS to stop undertaking because they say they have little or no value and in some cases harm patients.

Lower deaths overall but frailty is still ‘fatal’, say researchers

BGS London (14 June 2018): A study published today in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, found that despite death rates in the UK now being much lower than in the 1990s, the relationship between higher levels of frailty and mortality remains unchanged. Reduced mortality rates in older age appear to apply to those with little frailty, while older people with higher levels of frailty are not seeing a benefit.

The study, conducted by a researchers at Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing, drew their conclusions from two large studies of older people in England, conducted 20 years apart to test whether the amount of frailty has changed over time, and whether the relationship between frailty and death has changed.

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Clinical Examiners sought for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM)

BGS and RCP London are seeking clinicians with an interest in geriatric medicine to become a clinical examiner for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM).

The DGM examination is designed to give recognition of competence in the provision of healthcare for older people. It is run jointly by the BGS and Royal College of Physicians London.

In offering doctors the opportunity to review and consider all aspects of healthcare, the DGM is aimed at any medical practitioner in the UK whose clinical practice brings them into contact with older people. This may include:

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The European Academy for Medicine of Ageing (EAMA):  Advanced Postgraduate Course 2019-20

The European Academy for Medicine of Ageing is an Advanced Postgraduate Course in Geriatrics.

The EAMA’s goals are to:

  • Improve knowledge and skills in geriatric medicine for junior faculty members and promising candidates for future teachers in geriatrics
  • Attune the attitudes and goals of future opinion leaders in geriatric medicine throughout Europe
  • Establish a network among medical doctors responsible for the care of elderly persons and those responsible for student instruction
  • Develop new ideas for geriatric health programmes and harmonise practices
  • Encourage scientific interest in gerontology and geriatrics at local, national and international levels.

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APPG Inquiry into improving access to hospice and palliative care - BGS submission

The BGS has responded to an APPG Inquiry, calling for evidence into improving access to hospice and palliative care.

Context

Older people are less likely than younger people to be offered hospice care, even if they have cancer, and older people living with frailty are very unlikely to receive such care.

An average GP’s workload will include approximately 20 deaths per year. Of these 5 will be from cancer, 5 from single organ failure, 2 will be sudden, and 8 will be among people living with frailty and multi-morbidity, including dementia.

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BGS response to the consultation on workforce strategy

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is the professional body of specialists in the healthcare of older people in the United Kingdom. Our membership is drawn from doctors practising geriatric medicine including consultants, doctors in training and general practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals, researchers and scientists with a particular interest in the care of older people and the promotion of better health in old age. BGS has 3,500 members who work across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This means we have a strong interest in the development of a workforce strategy that meets the needs of our ageing society.

We very much welcome the commitment to a sustainable, free, universal healthcare system expressed in the consultation document.

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Spring 2018: Powerpoint files now available

The powerpoint files supporting presentations at the BGS 2018 Spring Meeting are now available for download. We publish only those files which have been authorised for publication by the authors. The files are published in secured pdf format to obviate plagiarism as far as this is possible. (updated 25 Apr 2018).


Guest Lecture:

John Gladman: The meaning of life expectancy

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2018 End of Life Care

The powerpoint files supporting presentations at the BGS 2018 End of Life Care conference are now available for download. We publish only those files which have been authorised for publication by the authors. The files are published in secured pdf format to obviate plagiarism as far as this is possible. (updated 28 March 2018)

Adrian Hopper: AMBER Care Bundle

Adrian Treloar: Joined up care; lessons for dementia

Dawn Moody: Using population sub-segmentation to promote tailored end of life care in later life

Caroline Nicholson: Attending to living and dying: improving end of life care for older people with frailty in the community

Sustainability and transformation in the NHS Contents

The Department of Health and Social Care (the Department) is ultimately responsible for securing value for money from healthcare services. It sets objectives for the NHS through an annual mandate to NHS England and in 2016–17 gave it £105.7 billion to plan and pay for services and patient care delivered by the NHS. NHS England allocated the greatest share of this budget to 209 clinical commissioning groups, which largely bought healthcare from 235 hospital, community and mental health trusts. Trusts manage their expenditure against the income they receive, while NHS Improvement oversees and monitors the performance of trusts. The Department has made NHS England and NHS Improvement responsible for ensuring the NHS balances its budget.

In 2016–17, NHS England, clinical commissioning groups and NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts (trusts) reported a combined surplus of £111 million against their income, a significant improvement compared to the combined deficit of £1,848 million they reported in 2015–16. This improvement was the direct result of the Department’s £1.8 billion Sustainability and Transformation Fund, paid by NHS Improvement to trusts for meeting financial and performance targets. Without this Fund, the combined financial position of the NHS would have been only slightly better than in 2015–16. As well as balancing its books each year, the NHS needs to invest in new ways of working that can better serve the changing needs of patients and increasing demand for services. To facilitate a more long-term approach to achieving sustainability, local partnerships of commissioners, trusts and local authorities have been set up to develop long-term strategic plans and transform the way services are provided more quickly.

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House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry into the right to freedom and safety: reform of deprivation of liberty safeguards

 

Submission by the BGS February 2018: The British Geriatrics Society’s view is that the current deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) are unfit for purpose and should be replaced by the proposed new system of ‘protective care’, instead of ‘restrictive care’. We would like Government to proceed with implementation and for a definition of deprivation of liberty for care and treatment to be debated in Parliament and written into statute.

Introduction

1. The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is the professional body of specialists in the healthcare of older people in the United Kingdom. Our membership is drawn from doctors practising geriatric medicine including consultants, doctors in training and general practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals, researchers and scientists with a particular interest in the care of older people and the promotion of better health in old age. BGS has 3,500 members who work across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

2. In 2015 BGS responded to the Law Commission’s consultation on reform. We fully agree that the current deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS) are unfit for purpose and should be replaced by a new system of protective care instead of restrictive care. We were pleased to see this acknowledged in the Law Commission’s final report and Government’s interim response to it. Our full and detailed response to the 2015 consultation is available here.

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