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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: Senior BGS Role

Expressions of interest are invited for the post of Deputy Honorary Treasurer (deadline: 10 June). Deadline: Click here for job description and instructions on applying.

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

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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Long-term sustainability of NHS and Adult Social Care under threat

The Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has slammed the 'short sightedness' of successive governments for failing to plan effectively for the long-term future of the health service and adult social care.

The BGS fed into the Committee’s Inquiry by providing a written submission which is already published here

Lord Patel, Crossbench Peer and eminent obstetrician provides a good summary of the Committee’s recommendations.  

The Department of Health at both the political and official level is failing to think beyond the next few years. There is a shocking lack of long-term strategic planning in the NHS. This short sightedness stems from the political importance of the NHS and the temptation for politicians to reach for short-term fixes not long-term solutions.  

To solve this we need a new body that is independent of government and is able to identify clearly the healthcare needs of a changing and ageing population and the staffing and funding the NHS will require to meet those needs. This new Office for Health and Care Sustainability should be a trusted, independent voice as the Office for Budget Responsibility has become on economic forecasting and on public finance matters. It will need to look ahead and plan for 15-20 years into the future. 

2016/17 NHS Benchmarking Network’s Older People’s Care in Acute Settings national report

The NHS Benchmarking Network's Older People’s Care in Acute Settings national report has now been published. It presents the findings from the 2016/17 Older People’s Care in Acute Settings project. All data presented in this report is 2015/16 outturn data. It is the third iteration of the project and has included data from 47 trusts / UHBs who between them made 56 submissions. The data the participating organisations have provided has enabled benchmarked comparisons to be made which are not available elsewhere in the NHS. The service user audit has provided further granularity on the service user’s episode of care.

Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View: NHS sets out action to deliver NHS care fit for the future

NHS England, 31 March 2017: As the NHS approaches its 70th anniversary the health service has today published the plan setting out how it will deliver practical improvements in areas prized by patients and the public – cancer, mental health and GP access – while transforming the way that care is delivered to ease pressure on hospitals by helping frail and older people live healthier, more independent lives.

These measures, probably the biggest national move towards integrated care currently underway in any Western country, will also help to put the service on a more sustainable footing for the future.

With the NHS under pressure this plan, Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View, also details an accelerated drive to improve efficiency and use of technology in order to deliver better care and meet rising demand within the constraints of available resources.

Major reform of social care funding and provision needed

Reported on the Parliamentary website (31 March 2017): The Communities and Local Government Committee report says that the Government needs to urgently review how social care is funded in the long term and address serious threats to social care provision.

The report finds inadequate funding very seriously affects the quantity and quality of adult social care provision, impacting on those receiving care, the NHS, care staff, carers and providers. The report sets out a number of recommendations relating to the monitoring of care services, care commissioning, and the care workforce.

The CLG Committee welcomes the Chancellor's commitment to provide an additional £2bn for social care over the next three years but finds this falls short of the amount required to close the social care funding gap. The Committee believes expenditure on adult social care will need to rise as a proportion of total public expenditure and recommends an urgent review of how to fund social care in the long-term.

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POPS 2017: Powerpoint files

The following files are secured pdf versions of the powerpoint files supporting presentations delivered at the the POPS Meeting in 2017. These are published with the presenters' permission and the onus for assuring that copyright permissions are adhered to is vested in the individual presenters. These files will remain on the BGS website under Resources/Powerpoint Library for two years:

Rachel Bell: The older surgical patient: a surgeon's perspective

Anna Brackenridge: Peri-operative management of diabetes

Philip Braude: Frailty and the surgical patient

Ben Clevenger: An approach to anaemia in the older surgical patient

Jugdeep Dhesi et. al: Developing collaborative services - POPS, GOLD, the workforce

Andrea Joughin: Respiratory disease and the older surgical patient

Natalie Lee: Service development - is there a role for telephone consultation in POPS?

Fionna Martin: Prehability and exercise - interventions before surgery 

Stuart McCorkell, Preoperative risk assessment in the older surgical patient 

Edward Miller: POPS Case presentation: collaborative working and the elderly patient

Ffion Pritchard et. al, What do I do with: Pacemakers, VTE, Hypertension and Antiplatelets? 

Jawad Saleem: POPS Clinical Case Presentation

Nick Sevdalis: Using quality improvement and implementation methodologies to improve outcomes for older surgical patients 

Mike Swart: Perioperative Medicine POM - The Royal College of Anaesthetists Perspective

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