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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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Vacancy: BGS Officers


The BGS is inviting expressions of interest from BGS members to fill the vacancies of Deputy Media Digital Media Editor (deadline for applications Friday 6 April, midnight) and Vice President for Academic Affairs (deadline for applications, Friday, 20 April, midnight). For background and person specifications, click the link of the position which interests you (downloadable in pdf format).

2018 Spring Meeting

Registration now open

Abstract submissions: Research abstracts are automatically accepted. Clinical Quality abstracts are adjudicated. Results available here on 5 March

Clinical Excellence Awards 2018

The next round of clinical excellence awards opens on the 13 February 2018.

All candidates seeking the support of the BGS are asked to complete the appropriate form(s) and submit these to the Society by 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 6 March 2018. This is a finite deadline and we will be unable to accept forms after this date.

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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.

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