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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.

GPs cut A&E trips for care home residents by 40%

Reported in PULSE (2 February 2018): A GP-led scheme has reduced the number of unnecessary trips to A&E by residents in 28 Staffordshire care homes by up to 40%.

The Care Home Support scheme started in December to reduce the amount of ambulance call outs and visits to A&E, with the North Staffordshire GP Federation initially focusing on the 28 Staffordshire homes that recorded the most casualty visits.

NHS Stoke-on-Trent CCG and NHS North Staffordshire CCG provided £700,000 winter pressure money for the pilot, which runs until September.

In another scheme, 17 Staffordshire practices hold video link consultations with care home patients.

GP lead Dr Chandra Kanneganti said that before the pilot started ‘every third ambulance (call out) could be from a care home’. But, he said: ‘In December the attendance of care home residents from the 28 homes reduced by 40% in unnecessary admissions.’

He said: ‘We are working with the 28 care homes to help them and support them.’

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