This is a particularly exciting time to join the British Geriatrics Society. As the new Communications, PR and Media Manager I have the pleasure of project managing the upcoming refresh of the brand, as well as improving our general communications and visibility in the press. In future columns I will focus on the headway we have made in these areas but I thought I would take this initial opportunity to tell you a bit about my professional background and my vision for the BGS moving forwards.
The BGS is governed by a Trustees Board which is responsible for the long term direction of the BGS, ensuring that it is solvent, well-run and delivering its charitable mission. The Trustee Board is comprised of nine officers including the BGS President and President-elect, national representatives for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and representatives from the following standing committees: the Trainees’ Council; and Finance, Fund Raising and Corporate Affairs. The BGS Honorary Secretary also sits on the Board, as do two lay trustees. The Chief Executive reports to the Board and attends all Board meetings.
The national representatives on the Trustee Board are nominated by BGS councils for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These councils oversee health policy in their respective countries and enable the BGS to coordinate its activities and to provide its members with appropriate support.
Eileen Burns: Dr Burns has been a geriatrician in Leeds since 1992 and was the clinical director of a large teaching hospital department from 1999 to 2011. She is currently clinical lead for integration in Leeds.
Professor Tahir Masud:qualified in Oxford/St Bartholomew’s London and has been a consultant Geriatrician in Nottingham since 1994. He has clinical and research interests in falls, osteoporosis, exercise and syncope. He
also has an interest in medical education and was previously the BGS Vice President for Education and Training. He has also previously held the position of President of the European Union of Medical Specialists- Geriatric
Shane O'Hanlon:Dr Shane O'Hanlon is a consultant in elderly care medicine at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. He has a special interest in oncogeriatrics and surgical liaison. He is also the digital media editor for the BGS.
Owen David: Older people have been a key part of my life. Infected by the excitement of managing those with complex psychosocial and physical comorbidities by my seniors it was logical to attend British Geriatrics Society committee meetings as a junior to absorb the wise steer emanating from our leads. Then being given the opportunity to act as meetings secretary gave a sense of agency even if shaping the program was a learning experience. Now as Treasurer I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of sound council and will be working closely with our BGS home team and our soon to be appointed business manager. With the BGS ‘biting’ to reach out and do more, our finances remain under tight control as the decade of austerity is on us all. Having qualified in Cardiff in 1996 and working as a consultant since 2005, I work with a beautiful team in Shropshire with interests across Stroke, Geriatrics and beyond.
Chair of the BGS Trainees Council:
Stephen Lim is a Clinical Research Fellow and Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine within the Wessex deanery. He is currently based at the Academic Geriatric Medicine department at University of Southampton and Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. His research interests include deconditioning and physical activity, particularly among older people in hospital.
Chair of the Nurses and AHPs' Council:
Cliff Kilgore is a graduate of Bournemouth University (1999). He has since undertaken a BSc Hons Advanced Nurse Practitioner and more recently an MA in in Advanced Practice. He works as a Consultant Nurse for Intermediate Care and Older People within Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust and he is also a Visiting Fellow to Bournemouth University. He has held several lead positions in healthcare and currently is a member of the Royal College of Nursing's Older People's Forum steering group and the Chair of the BGS Allied Healthcare Professionals and Nurses Council. He also is a member of the BGS Clinical Quality Steering Group.
National Council Chair - England:
Tun Aung: Dr Aung has been a a Consultant Geriatrician and Hon. Senior Lecturer in Hull Royal Infirmary. He led the development of Falls and Othogeriatric services in Hull. Currently his focus is on the frailty interventions around the ED and Elderly Assessment unit. He is dedicated to medical education and his formal and current roles in medical education include Specialty RCP tutor (Geriatric Medicine) Director of Clinical Studies (HYMS), Deputy- Director of Medical Education (HEY NHS Trust) and Training programme Director for Core Medical Trainees (North & East – HEYH). He also helps the RCP by carrying out the role of MRCP PACES examiner (national and international), PACES exam host, PACES exam chair, RCP associate regional Advisor and the JTCPTB AC vice chair.
National Council Chair: Northern Ireland
Mark Roberts: Dr Mark Vignesha Roberts MPH FRCP is a Consultant in Acute and Geriatric Medicine in Northern Ireland, having graduated at the University of Aberdeen in 2000. His interests and postgraduate training include public health as well as quality improvement methods to improve the consistency and quality of health care. He is keen to support high quality services for older people that respect autonomy, dignity and quality of life.
National Council Chair: Scotland
Christine McAlpine:Dr Christine McAlpine has been a Consultant Geriatrician and Stroke Physician in Glasgow Royal Infirmary since 2011. She was appointed a consultant in Stirling Royal Infirmary in 1987 and moved to Stobhill Hospital in 1997, moving again to GRI when it merged with Stobhill. She is the Specialty Adviser for Geriatric Medicine for the Chief Medical Officer in Scotland and the Lead Clinician for the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Stroke Managed Clinical Network. Read more
National Council Chair: Wales
Jonathan Hewitt: Having previously been a consultant geriatrician in Portsmouth NHS Trust, and via a year's sabbatical at Glasgow University, Dr Hewitt is now a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Cardiff University and Honorary Consultant Geriatric and General Physician in Aneurin Bevin Health Board. His clinical responsibilities focus on general, Geriatric and stroke care. His research interests are in stroke and surgical epidemiology and the use of large datasets in research. He is also NISCHR research lead in Wales and member of the Research and Development Committee for the BGS. He was previously Vice Chairman of the Ethics and Governance Council of the UK Biobank. He is currently a member of the Ethics, Regulation and Public Involvement Committee of the MRC and the Chairman of the Cardiff School of Medicine Research Ethics Committee.
Susan Went: Susan is Director of Improvement for Eastern Academic Health Science Network and member of the national Patient Safety Programme Board. She is a Health Foundation Improvement Fellow and a freelance improvement consultant, with experience of designing and leading complex improvement programmes at national, regional and local level. A background as an NHS clinician, service manager and executive director plus posts in Department of Health, the Medical Royal Colleges, and as Director of Evidence and Improvement at Healthcare Improvement Scotland, means Susan brings improvement expertise and extensive strategic and operational experience.
Caroline Macinnes: Caroline is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Barclays UK Chief Financial Officer, supporting the Finance Leadership Team in achieving the Company’s key strategy objectives. Caroline started off her career by training at PWC and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant before moving into the Banking sector. She has over 15 years experience in Financial Services industry, at Societé Generale and UBS and finally Barclays. She has held a number of senior business leadership, financial, as well as risk management positions. Caroline has extensive experience of developing, implementing and leading Enterprise risk management frameworks and associated controls and governance functions within a number of global organisations.
Other Office Bearers
Vice President - Academic Affairs
Vice President - Clinical Quality
Vice President - Education and Training
|Vice President - Workforce
|Deputy Honorary Secretary
Deputy Honorary Treasurer
Honorary Meetings Secretary
Deputy Honorary Meetings Secretary
Editor in Chief of Age and Ageing
Age and Ageing Journal
|Chief Executive Officer
How to find us; how to contact us:
The BGS is located a couple of minutes walk from Farringdon Underground and Farringdon National Railway Station. It is virtually next door to St John's Gate, one of London's landmarks. Click here to find us.
Contact BGS Team:
CEO: Colin Nee ()
Accountant: Janet Sarll (): - Company Secretarial matters; Accounts receivable/payable (excluding membership subscriptions); bank and investment liaison; company insurance (Tel: 0207 608 8571)
Director of Professional Learning and Development: Geraint Collingridge () - Events and conferences management, e-learning module development, commercial sponsorship (Tel: 0207 608 8573)
COMMUNICATIONS, PUBLIC RELATIONS AND POLICY
Communications Manager: Marina Mello () - Public Relations, Media liaison, Blog Manager (Tel: 0207 608 8572 or 07850 271 579)
Policy Manager: Caroline Cooke () - Policy, national consultations (Tel: 0203 747 6943)
Editorial Manager: Katy Ladbrook () - Submissions to the Age & Ageing Journal and all editorial matters pertaining to the journal.
Production and Publications Editor () - BGS website, newsletter, vacancy advertisements, BGS guides and policy publications
PROJECTS AND STANDING PROGRAMMES
Scientific Officer: Joanna Gough () - Clinical Quality and Academic and Research Secretariat; Scientific consultations; BGS Prizes and Awards administration; Abstracts administration; Special Interest Group liaison
Committees Officer, Membership Secretary and Office Manager: Mark Stewart () - Committees Secretariat; Office management; Travel and education awards; Membership Manager (including queries relating to Age and Ageing subscriptions)
Conference and Events Organiser: Julie Gaudreau ()
CONTACT BGS OFFICERS:
President and President Elect () of the British Geriatrics Society
Chair () of the BGS Trainees' Council
Honorary Secretary () of the British Geriatrics Society
Dr Christine McAlpine has been a Consultant Geriatrician and Stroke Physician in Glasgow Royal Infirmary since 2011. She was appointed a consultant in Stirling Royal Infirmary in 1987 and moved to Stobhill Hospital in 1997, moving again to GRI when it merged with Stobhill. She is the Specialty Adviser for Geriatric Medicine for the Chief Medical Officer in Scotland and the Lead Clinician for the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Stroke Managed Clinical Network. Her research interests are in stroke disease and she is actively involved in local stroke service developments. She is involved with stroke at a national level via the Scottish Stroke Care audit; she is a member of its steering and report writing groups and chairs the SSCA stroke rehabilitation subgroup. She has been involved from the start with the Older People in Acute Care national programme in Scotland to improve awareness and care for older patients especially in the areas of frailty and delirium and chaired the group which updated the Healthcare Improvement Scotland acute hospital care standards for older people in, published June 2015. She was elected Chair of the BGS Scotland Council in April 2016.