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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 - Continence

Call for Abstracts for the BGS Continence Care in Older People to be held in Manchester in September 2018. The submissions facility closes at 17:00 on 1 August.

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BGS Vacancies: Senior Officer Posts

The BGS is now inviting expressions of interest for the posts of Deputy Honorary Secretary and BGS Vice President: Workforce. Closing date: midnight, 30 September 2018.   

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.

What are the benefits of participating?

  • Access to a unique data set on the pathways of frail, often older people, through secondary care, from A&E through to supported discharge.
  • See how you compare with other providers – your organisation’s position will be highlighted on a bespoke report and an online benchmarking toolkit.
  • See examples of good practice from other hospitals to help identify ‘what good looks like’.
  • Evidence the performance of your service, including demand, clinical efficiency and quality.

The project also includes a service user audit, covering 50 consecutive discharges from one care of older people ward. The service user audit helps to understand differing outcomes for different cohorts of patients and identify key features of high performing services.

How can I participate in the 2018 cycle?

If your organisation is a member, you will need to request a login so that you can start entering data. This can be obtained by contacting .
Data collection is online, but an excel version of the data specification is also available which contains the data required. It is recommended that one individual co-ordinates data collection. Data may need to be sourced from different internal trust departments, such as Human Resources, Information, Finance and Older People’s departments.


Data collection period:  2nd July – 21st September 2018
Data validation and analysis:  October – November 2018
National Event:  7th February 2019
Reporting:  March 2019

Where can I find further information?

For further information, please contact Josh Davies on 0161 266 1967 or .

NHSBN Older People Acute Specification

Service Use Audit



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