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Older People's Specialist Nurse and Senior Practitioner Group

Group Constitution

The formal constitution of the Older People's Specialist Nurse and Senior Practitioner Group


  1. To raise the profile of the contribution of specialist nurses and senior practitioners contributing to excellence in the care of Older People in both primary and secondary care settings and in care homes.
  2. To provide a forum through which innovations and developments in the care of Older People can be shared on a national basis and across all disciplines, linking clinical practice to research and education.
  3. To contribute to identifying both short and long term priorities for the care of Older People locally and nationally, in relation to policy/strategy, clinical practice, education and research and to champion the implementation of such priorities.
  4. To foster and support approaches to practice that are person centred, that consider the “whole” person and the effects of illness on older individuals’ and their carers’ lives.
  5. To provide high quality professional advice and leadership on a local and national level on the nursing care, health and wellbeing, quality of life and social care of Older People.


  1. Membership shall be open to all members of the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) upon application.
  2. Membership shall be open to non-members of the BGS who currently hold nursing or AHP specialist / Consultant posts and those who do not have nurse or AHP consultant posts but who are working at a senior level and demonstrate innovation and / or excellence in the care, research or education of Older People, on application to the committee.
  3. If an annual subscription is charged, the amount shall be approved at the Annual General Meeting and may be varied by simple majority.
  4. The number of BGS members shall comprise at least 51% of the total membership of the Group.
  5. Only BGS members of the group will be engaged in BGS policy and strategy development.
  6. A group database will hold members details. This shall then be used to direct information, questions and queries from the membership.


  1. The Group shall appoint to the Committee: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. The Officers shall be members of the BGS.
  2. They shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Group from members of the Group.
  3. Officers shall hold office for two years and can be re-elected for one further year. They shall then be ineligible to hold office for a year.
  4. The elections shall be ratified by the BGS Operational Directorate.
  5. The officers shall be accountable to the BGS Operational Directorate.
  6. The committee will be able to temporarily co-opt members of the group to the SIG committee as and when required to do so.

Annual meeting

The group shall hold a general meeting in every calendar year for the purpose of electing the officers and any other appointees, approving the annual accounts and passing any resolution governing the policy structure and mode of operation of the Group.


Any resolution passed at an annual general meeting shall, to be effective require the support of sufficient BGS members to form a majority of all members present at the meeting.

Any resolution passed at the annual general meeting, or any resolution affecting the policy, structure and mode of operation of the Group passed at any other meeting of the Group may be subject to the veto of the BGS Operational Directorate, if, in the opinion of the Directorate, the effect of the resolution would be detrimental to the BGS.

BGS Officers

In accordance with the Articles of Association, at least one officer of the BGS shall be entitled to receive notice of, and attend and vote at and be counted in the quorum of every meeting of the Group. In the absence of any alternative BGS directive, this Officer shall be the Hon Secretary of the BGS.

The President of the BGS shall be a member of the Group ex-officio.


  1. The BGS office shall act for the Group in keeping proper books of account in accordance with the policy of the Society and shall arrange for the Group’s annual accounts to be incorporated into the Society’s statutory annual accounts.
  2. The BGS office shall provide statements of account and such other information as may be necessary for the Group’s Treasurer to oversee and control the Group’s income and expenditure.
  3. The Group’s officers shall render every assistance necessary to the BGS office in complying with Society and statutory requirements.
  4. The Group must be self-financing and will not receive financial support from the BGS unless, exceptionally authorised in advance by the BGS Trustees.
  5. The Group may, at its discretion, levy an annual subscription on its members to defray its expenses but the Group is encouraged to seek financial sponsorship in order, wherever possible to avoid the necessity of a subscription.
  6. The Group shall in each twelve-month period provide an annual report of its activities to the Hon. Secretary of the Society.



Neither the Group, nor any officer or member of the Group shall, without prior authority, issue any statement purporting to represent the views of the Society as a whole, nor enter into any legal or financial commitment on behalf of the Society other than is necessary for the business of the Group.

BGS Rules

The Group shall at all times be subject to the BGS Rules governing Special Interest Groups approved by the Council of the BGS 11 April 1996 and to any subsequent amendments thereto.


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