Join Now                                         Blog   LinkedIn   Twitter 

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.

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

BGS Staff Vacancy

The BGS is inviting applications to fill its vacancy for a Membership Administrator. Interviews will be held on 29 March. The closing date for applications is 19th March. Click here for details.

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')

Search (mobile)

We use cookies to improve our website and your experience. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Policy.

I accept cookies from this site