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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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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.

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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.

Putting prevention at the heart of care

Published by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (14 July 2017): The RCOT has published a new report aimed at putting prevention at the heart of care for older people.

Improving Lives, Saving Money calls for a shift from a ‘high volume, low cost’ approach to care to one which sees the whole person’s overall wellbeing. Its publication is accompanied by a moving film showing the stark reality of being dependent on social care faced by many older and vulnerable people.

In its report Living Not Existing: Putting Prevention at the Heart of Care for Older People, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists seeks to show how doing the right thing for individuals can actually reduce their need for expensive care long-term. It calls for an end to the inequality of access to occupational therapy, which is a barrier to people in need receiving high quality, person-centred care that enables people to stay as active, independent and safe as possible.

The report makes three recommendations:

  • An end to the inequality of access to occupational therapy. There are pockets of best practice, but too many people miss out on high-quality, proactive social care that promotes independence and self-determination.
  • More occupational therapists employed within primary care proactively helping older people adapt to ageing, increasing frailty and health problems. This can delay, reduce or prevent the need for expensive care and support.
  • Occupational therapists to be employed to lead on the development of person- and community-centred services that care for older people’s overall health and wellbeing to ensure they can live active independent lives in their communities for as long as possible.

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