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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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Call for Abstracts - Continence

Call for Abstracts for the BGS Continence Care in Older People to be held in Manchester in September 2018. The submissions facility closes at 17:00 on 1 August.

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BGS Vacancies: Senior Officer Posts

The BGS is now inviting expressions of interest for the posts of Deputy Honorary Secretary and BGS Vice President: Workforce. Closing date: midnight, 30 September 2018.   

Falls and Postural Stability

This annual BGS event, being held on 14 September in Leeds is widely recognised as the leading meeting in the UK for clinicians working in the field of falls and mobility medicine. 

Government introduces deprivation of liberty safeguards reforms

Reported in Care Home Professional (3 July 2018): A new law introduced by the government today is designed to streamline the complicated and bureaucratic Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) system.

The government said the new system will ease the burden on local authorities, saving an estimated £200m a year which will go towards frontline care and address the current backlog of 108,000 people whose safeguards have not been reviewed. 

The bill is designed to ensure the system is less burdensome on people, carers, families and local authorities. It aims to introduce a simpler process with more engagement with families and swifter access to justice. It also allows the NHS rather than local authorities to authorise patients and enable a more streamlined and clearly accountable process, while considering restriction of people’s liberties holistically as part of their overall care package. The bill also aims to eliminate repeat assessment and authorisations when someone moves between a care home, hospital and ambulance as part of their treatment.

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