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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. 

Collection of Guidelines, Quality Standards, Fracture Guidelines and Quality Standards

Falls in older people: assessing risk and prevention

This guideline covers assessment of fall risk and interventions to prevent falls in in people aged 65 and over. It aims to reduce the risk and incidence of falls and the associated distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence and mortality.


This guideline includes recommendations on:

multifactorial risk assessment of older people who present for medical attention because of a fall, or report recurrent falls in the past year
multifactorial interventions to prevent falls in older people who live in the community
multifactorial risk assessment of older peoples’ risk of falling during a hospital stay
multifactorial interventions to prevent falls in inpatients at risk of falling
Who is it for?

Healthcare and other professionals and staff who care for older people who are at risk of falling
People aged 65 or older who fall or are at risk of falling in the community, and their families and carers
All hospital inpatients aged 65 or older
Hospital inpatients aged 50 to 64 who have been identified as being at higher risk of falling
Is this guideline up to date?

We reviewed the evidence in January 2016. We found nothing that affects the recommendations in this guideline.

Next review: 2017

Falls in older people

Quality standard

This quality standard covers prevention of falls and assessment after a fall in older people (aged 65 and over) who are living in the community or staying in hospital. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

In January 2017, this quality standard was updated. Three new statements on preventing falls were added. For more information see update information.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We checked this quality standard in 2016 and it is still up to date.

Next review: August 2017

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards

Endorsing bodies

This quality standard is endorsed by NHS England and Department of Health as required by the Health and Social Care Act (2012).

Hip fracture: management

This guideline covers managing hip fracture in adults. It aims to improve care from the time people aged 18 and over are admitted to hospital through to when they return to the community. Recommendations emphasise the importance of early surgery and coordinating care through a multidisciplinary hip fracture programme to help people recover faster and regain their mobility.

NICE has also produced a guideline on osteoporosis: assessing the risk of fragility fracture.

In May 2017, we reviewed the evidence for the management of intracapsular hip fracture and changed recommendations 1.6.2 and 1.6.3 to emphasise the role of total hip replacement.

This guideline includes recommendations on:

  • imaging options in occult hip fracture
  • timing of surgery
  • pain relief
  • anaesthesia and surgical procedures
  • mobilisation strategies
  • multidisciplinary management
  • patient and carer information

Who is it for?

Healthcare professionals
Commissioners and providers
Adults with hip fracture and their families and carers

AGS/BGS falls guidelines - Prevention of falls in older people (the well-known 'Blue Book')

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