Special Interest Groups
BGS Sections and Special Interest Groups - Their Role within the Society
Many geriatricians have, in addition to the broad spectrum of expertise in medicine in older patients, chosen to practice or research specific clinical and management areas. Special Interest Groups include Bladder & Bowel Health, Community Geriatrics, Dementia and Related Mental Health Disorders, Diabetes, Drugs and Prescribing, Epilepsy, Ethics and Law, Gastroenterology/Nutrition, Specialist Nurses, Oncology, Pain, The proactive care of older people undergoing surgery (PoPs), Sarcopenia, Telecare/Telehealth. Sections are groups with close ties to external bodies. These include Cardiovascular, Falls and Bone Health, and Movement Disorders sections. SIGs and Sections either hold their own annual scientific meetings or feature in parallel sessions at the Society’s UK meetings.
The SIGs and Sections respond to government consultation documents, and publish guidelines and policy statements. For example: the Diabetes SIG produced guidelines on how to manage older people with diabetes, entitled, ‘Unified Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Diabetes’; the Drugs & Prescribing SIG has run national training sessions on clinical pharmacology for junior doctors; the Gastroenterology & Nutrition SIG has held a popular symposium on under-nutrition in acute illness; the Ethics and Law SIG offered advice to the Lord Chancellor’s Department on legislation covering mental incapacity.
The presence of the SIGs and Sections, which include physicians, scientists and allied health professionals from outside the Society has enabled the Society to offer advice to government agencies, drawing on a wide range of expertise. They serve as the Society’s source of clinical innovation, deriving and maintaining high standards of clinical care, and disseminating specialist knowledge.