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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.

The British Geriatrics Society calls for urgent action on hunger and malnutrition among older people

BGS, London (25 January 2018): The British Geriatrics Society welcomes the recently published report by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hunger. The report highlights that malnutrition is most likely to arise among older people following an accumulation of setbacks – for example bereavement, illness, a loss of community transport services, and a nearby shop closing, – which leave them unable to access food easily.

Geriatric medicine has always recognised the importance of nutrition and sufficient intake of food and fluid in patient care. We hope that as a matter of urgency Government will seek to address the recommendations from the APPG so that malnutrition in older people, and those at risk of malnutrition, is identified and treated as quickly as possible. It is vital that the existing knowledge and expertise relating to the treatment of malnutrition is put into practice. The benefits of ensuring that preventative steps are taken at as early a stage as possible are significant in ensuring better health outcomes for older people.

We recognise that this is a complex issue which requires investment, not only in ensuring that the expert guidance that exists for health and social care professionals is followed, but also in tackling some of the systemic barriers that currently prevent identification of older people at risk, such as those experiencing loneliness and social isolation.

Dr Eileen Burns, President of the British Geriatrics Society and a Clinical Director in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, commented:

“Many older people admitted to hospital show signs of not eating or drinking well enough, especially if they suffer with dementia. As well as being an issue in its own right this also predisposes the older person to falls and increases their susceptibility to infections. BGS endorses the call for better identification and management of malnutrition among older people.”

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To arrange an interview with BGS President Dr Eileen Burns please contact Marina Mello on 07850271579 or email

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is the professional association of doctors practising geriatric medicine, nurses, therapists, researchers, GPs, old age psychiatrists and others engaged in the specialist care of older people and in promoting better health in old age. It has over 3,400 members and is the only society in the UK offering specialist medical expertise in the wide range of health care needs of older people.


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