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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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Vacancy: DGM Question writing group

The BGS and RCP (London) is seeking clinicians with an interest in geriatric medicine to join the question writing group for the diploma in geriatric medicine.

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The Second Cultural Revolution in Geriatric Medicine

There is general agreement that the distinction between leadership and management is that leadership creates the culture of an organisation and that management works within that culture.

There are many different definitions of culture but the most highly respected writer in the field is Edgar Schein who says: “Culture is the shared tacit assumptions of a group that it has learned in coping with external tasks and dealing with internal relationships.” (Source: Schein, E.H. (1999) The Corporate Culture Survival Guide. John Wiley & Sons (p.186)).

The leadership has to determine the correct belief and assumptions that it wishes to permeate the organisation, and the whole population, if one of the jobs of the leadership is to think of the health of populations as well as the health of individuals.

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) can be proud of the culture change that it has achieved by providing leadership in the last seventy years. When the BGS was founded, the prevailing beliefs and assumptions of not only the public, but also the medical profession, were that the problems of older people were due to the ageing process and not to treatable disease, and therefore that older people needed “care” rather than accurate diagnosis and effective treatment and rehabilitation.

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Nominations invited for the BGS Special Medal 2017

Please help us celebrate individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to promoting the health and wellbeing of older people.

Download pdf flyer here, with details of the award.

Our BGS Special Medal 2017 recognises a non-medical professional who has made an outstanding contribution to promoting the health and wellbeing of older people. We are now seeking nominations for worthy candidates from our partners in the not-for-profit and public sectors including charities, voluntary organisations and support agencies.

The British Geriatrics Society is the professional membership association for doctors, nurses and other health professionals engaged in the specialist health care of older people across the UK. Each year we award a small number of prize medals to recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals towards better health in old age. One of these prizes, our BGS Special Medal, is an external award “for individuals whose work to promote the health and wellbeing of older people throughout society has been outstanding”.

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