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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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Call for abstracts for the Frailty First conference

The Acute Frailty Network is looking for suggestions for presentations, speakers and posters for their annual Conference which will take place on 28th June 2018.

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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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Calling BGS members!

Your annual membership renewal email will be sent to you by 8 December from . This contains a personalised email link for you to renew your membership for 2018. Please note we will not be sending letters this year. If you cannot find this email, or have not received it by the 8 December please call the BGS office on 0207 608 1369 or email the Membership Officer.

Members of the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine Board

The British Geriatrics Society and Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is seeking to appoint a physician, old age psychiatrist or a general practitioner with special interest in Geriatric Medicine as members of the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine Board to support the development of the examination. 

The Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM) examination is designed to give recognition of competence in the provision of care of older people, and is taken by a range of candidates with interests in or responsibilities for the care of older people.  

The DGM Board is responsible for ensuring that the academic objectives of the examination are met.

We offer the opportunity to network with colleagues, keep your knowledge up-to-date, take part in challenging discussions, be involved with the next generation of doctors, shape the future of the profession, and gain continuing professional development.

By getting involved you can shape the future of the DGM written and clinical examinations and improve care for the elderly at a time when the proportion of very elderly people in the population is rising dramatically.  

These are non-salaried positions, though all reasonable expenses and travel costs will be met by the Examinations Department in line with the RCP expenses policy. CPD points are attached.
The tenure of board members is five years.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply:
  • be in active practice with a special interest or expertise in Care of the Elderly, Old Age Psychiatry, or Geriatric Medicine.
  • be registered and in good standing on the GMC specialist register 
  • be actively engaged in the training of junior doctors in the UK (or within the last two years)
  • be up-to-date as appropriate with relevant national guidelines, CPD requirements, employer’s equality and diversity training and appraisal process
  • Interested in, but not necessarily expert in, medical assessment
How to apply
Applications for the post, including a CV and one-page covering letter outlining your suitability for the post should be submitted to Rachel Stephenson () by 16 January 2018. All applications will be considered by the Chair of the DGM Examining Board. The next meeting of the Board will take place on 13 March 2018 at the Royal College of Physicians.
The Responsibilities and Duties of a Member of the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM) Board

Members of the DGM Board are responsible to the DGM Chair and will:
  • Assist the Chair in the running of the DGM Examinations to ensure that all academic objectives are met.
  • Attend meetings of the DGM Board, convened to review candidate performance in the most recent written and clinical diets.
  • Support the DGM Chair, Chief Written Examiner and Chief Clinical Examiner in delivering the DGM Examinations in accordance with RCP procedures. 
  • Assist with the development of the DGM Examinations.
  • Act on the advice of the Education, Training and Examinations (ETE) Board of the RCP on policy and academic matters relating to the DGM Examinations.  
  • Support the Examinations Department on the development and delivery of the DGM Examinations.
  • Act as a DGM question writer or clinical examiner as required. 
  • Act as a member of an appeal or misconduct hearing panel as required.

It is a requirement for all those working with DGM examinations that:
  • They confirm that they are registered and in good standing with the GMC and are in active practice in general practice with special interests or expertise in Care of the Elderly, Old Age Psychiatry, or Geriatric Medicine. 
  • That they confirm as requested that they are up to date with their employer’s equality and diversity training, and are up to date with their employer’s appraisal process.
  • All those working with the DGM exams are expected to have been actively engaged in the training of junior doctors within the last two years, and to be up to date as appropriate with National Guidelines, and CPD requirements. 

Time Commitment
  • The DGM Board will normally hold two meetings per year and run two diets of the written examination and two diets of the clinical examination. 
  • Attendance at these meetings will be monitored and members may be asked to stand down if they fail to attend regularly.
  • The tenure of board appointments is five years. Subject to the agreement of the Education, Training and Examinations (ETE) Board of the RCP, individual tenure may be extended by up to a maximum of five years to ensure orderly succession planning.

Performance Review
RCP will record performance in discharging the responsibilities and duties described in an annual appraisal.
The work of exams is highly sensitive and it is the responsibility of those working on the development of the exams to ensure that the confidentiality of candidate information, examination results and examination material is respected at all times.

Conflict of Interest
Should a conflict of interest or potential conflict of interests arise it is the responsibility of the individual to inform the ETE Board.

All those working with the RCP are required to assign the copyright of the material to the RCP.

Assignment of copyright 
I assign to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) the copyright of the material which I have prepared or will in future prepare, for any part of the DGM examination.  I accept that the RCP may use this material in the DGM examination, and may also publish it, as it sees fit, without any payment to me. At all times, and to the best of my knowledge, any material I submit will have been prepared for use in the DGM examination and will not have been published previously, and is not the intellectual property of anyone else.  I undertake not to publish, independently of the RCP, any material which I have prepared for the DGM examination, or which I have reviewed through my work for the DGM examination. 
I hereby acknowledge my acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, my acceptance of the restrictions on commercial activities and the assignment of copyright.

Signature_________________________________                                          Date_______________________
Name of appointee_________________________________

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