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Interested in joining a BGS Special Interest Group or Section?

In addition to their broad spectrum of expertise in caring for older people, many BGS members have chosen to practice or research specific clinical and management areas. Our Special Interest Groups (or SIGs) and Sections enable these members to come together to pursue their special interests, and physicians, scientists and allied health professionals from outside the Society may also join.

The SIGs and Sections are valuable resources that help share best practice within and across relevant disciplines, as well as enabling the Society to respond to NICE and SIGN guideline developments and government consultation documents. They serve as the Society’s source of clinical innovation, deriving and maintaining high standards of clinical care, and disseminating specialist knowledge.

Those SIGs and Sections with regular annual meetings include:

  • Movement Disorders (January)
  • Cardiovascular Section (February and September)
  • POPs (March)
  • Falls and Bone Health (September)
  • Bladder and Bowel Health (October or November).

We also see involvement from the SIGs and Sections at our Annual Spring and Autumn meetings – the Spring meeting regularly features a whole day’s session, organised by the Dementia and Related Disorders Section and the Community Geriatrics SIG plan a whole day session at the Autumn meeting.

The BGS office supports the SIGs and Sections with organising their sessions at the BGS bi-annual meetings and also with their own events by sending out email bulletins, communications and other administrative support. The SIG/Section committee officers and other SIG/Section members plan the programme and populate it with names of speakers and ideas for workshops. The BGS Secretariat then contacts the speakers and potential sponsors of the event. It also sources the venue and promotes the event through various channels.

The BGS currently has nineteen SIGs and Sections and we have recently welcomed some new additions, namely Anaemia, Frailty and Sarcopenia Research, Urgent Care for Older People with Frailty and Pain in Older People.

Joining the SIGs and Sections
If you would like to join any of the SIGs please follow the sign up details here. If you have any difficulty I may be contacted at .

Alternatively, visit the members' area here

BGS Members
You will have been emailed a Username and Password to login.
If you don’t have this information please email us at  to request it
Please update your profile, including current hospital/organisation and contact details as required
Use the menu on the right hand side to navigate to Special Interests to confirm your Special Interest Group memberships

Non BGS Members
Please create a profile
Provide your contact and other details requested
Use the menu on the right hand side to navigate to Special Interests to confirm your Special Interest Group memberships
If you want to join the BGS use the button “Join the BGS”

If you need any further information please contact Joanna Gough at or call
0203 747 6935.

SIG and Section committee officer recruitment
Committee officers of the SIGs and Sections serve a term of two to three years. Some of the SIGs are looking to fill officer’s posts. The following vacancies exist:

Anaemia: Deputy Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
Bladder and Bowel Health: Deputy Chair, Secretary and Treasurer
Diabetes: Secretary and Treasurer
Drugs and Prescribing: Deputy Chair, Secretary and Treasurer
Gastro and Nutrition: Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary and Treasurer
Respiratory: Chair, Deputy Chair and Secretary.

Expressions of interest are also invited for an e-learning representative for each of the SIGs/Sections. These representatives will be reviewing existing e-learning content and helping to create new content to fill gaps in the postgraduate curriculum and for revalidation.

If you are interested in any of these posts please contact me at or call me on 0203 747 6935 for further information.

Joanna Gough
BGS Scientific Officer

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