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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. 

The attractions of Geriatric Medicine as a medical specialty

"Geriatric medicine is a “whole person” specialty. Based on a solid infrastructure of general medicine, it involves consideration of psychological, social and spiritual dimensions, together with functional and environmental assessments. A geriatrician needs to be aware of legal aspects - capacity and consent, human rights, guardianship; and ethical conundrums, such as when to investigate or treat." [Professor Graham Mulley, Emeritus Professor in Geriatric Medicine, University of Leeds]

  • Geriatrics provides variety and challenge whilst being fun and rewarding
  • Geriatric medicine is a combination of general and specialist practice
  • It is practised in varied work settings, in hospital and the community, and has substantial scope for sub-specialisation
  • There are many opportunities for research and teaching
  • It incorporates collaboration with other specialties
  • It involves teamwork with other healthcare professionals
  • It requires collaboration with social services and private and voluntary sectors
  • It has good career prospects, and geriatricians work in every acute trust in the UK. There is likely to be a job for you, wherever you want it
  • There are opportunities for less than full time work
  • It provides real rewards of making a difference to the patient and their family where others may have given up

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