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BGS Strategic Plan 2017/18 - 2019/20

The BGS 2017/18 - 2019/20 strategy is written as our society celebrates its 70th anniversary. Since 1947, our pioneering founders and those who have followed in their footsteps have been at the forefront of transforming the quality of care available to older people with frailty and other complex needs. Our membership continues to grow and now stands just short of 3,600. It consists of specialist doctors - both trainees and consultants - in acute and community settings, GPs, nurses, medical educationalists, old age psychiatrists, medical students, researchers and allied health professionals involved in the treatment and care of older people.

One of the most important findings of the strategic review of BGS’s services and communications undertaken by Forster Communications in 2015 was that it is the society’s unique focus on improving the healthcare of older people across the UK that provides the main attraction for healthcare professionals to join as members. Ninety-three percent of members stated that they had joined because they wanted to work with others to improve the quality of care for older people. The same percentage of members wanted to work closely with specialist nurses, GPs and allied health professionals (AHPs), and there was resounding approval of our strategy of welcoming these disciplines into membership. The Forster Review also gave ample support to our wish to undertake a comprehensive overhaul of our website, the hub of much of our service output, and to create a more modern and fresher look and feel to the society’s brand and published outputs, as well as outlining a host of other detailed recommendations, many of which are already being implemented with others featuring in this new strategy.

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Building on the Forster Review, at a strategic planning workshop in July 2016, the society’s trustees, other office holders and staff agreed to prioritise the following broad areas for development:

  • Being a strong and sustainable organisation with an engaged membership;
  • Developing a relevant and high quality range of education, professional development and guidance services;
  • Retaining and extending BGS’s membership, and
  • Strengthening BGS’s role as the relevant policy voice of the specialty. 


This new strategic plan puts flesh on these bones, converting the four prioritised broad areas into seven strategic objectives, setting intended outcomes for each, and where appropriate success measures.

Executive Summary:

The British Geriatrics Society is the multidisciplinary membership organisation bringing together healthcare professionals from all disciplines engaged in the specialist treatment and care of older people across the UK. Founded in 1947, the society’s membership has grown considerably in recent years and we now have over 3,600 members – consultant geriatricians and trainees, specialist nurses and therapists, GPs, scientists and researchers. The society is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

We work to improve the healthcare of older people, and our charitable mission is to promote better health in old age. Our 7 organisational aims are to:

 i. Continue to develop our organisation’s profile, effectiveness and sustainability
ii. Influence the development of education and training across relevant disciplines
iii. Support our members’ professional development
iv. Promote high standards in preventing and treating disease in old age
v. Facilitate access to research and opportunities to generate research
vi. Continue to improve the effectiveness of our internal and external communications
vii. Continue to increase our influence with policymakers and policy influencers with respect to health and social care policy for older people across the UK.

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