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Vacancy: POPS Senior Clinical Fellow Nodal - 4

Main area: Proactive care for Older People undergoing Surgery (POPS), Department of Ageing and Health
Contract: Fixed Term - 1 year
Hours: Full Time - 40 hours per week
Job ref: 196-MED1589
Employer: Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Salary: £46,208 p.a excl. of LZ
Closing: 30/03/2018 23:59

Join us and become part of the most engaged workforce of any NHS trust in England, according to the latest national NHS Staff Survey results – for the second year running.

You will be joining a dynamic and forward-looking organisation in the heart of the capital where you can develop your career and broaden your horizons.

We think you will enjoy working for us but you don’t have to take our word for it – 79% of staff who took part in the latest national NHS Staff Survey would recommend Guy’s and St Thomas’ as a place to work.

Guy's and St Thomas' is one of the largest hospital trusts in the country, with almost 11,000 staff, a turnover of over £900m and around 900,000 patient contacts a year.

The Trust is made up of two of London's oldest and most well known teaching hospitals. The hospitals have a long history, dating back almost 900 years, and have been at the forefront of medical progress and innovation since they were founded. Both hospitals have built on these traditions and continue to have a reputation for excellence and innovation. We are part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between one of the world’s leading research-led universities and three of London’s most successful NHS Foundation Trusts. Equality of opportunity is our Policy. The Trust provides health services to a diverse community.

We are advertising for four 1 year Senior Clinical Fellows in Proactive care of Older People undergoing Surgery. This is an established clinical fellow programme, in its 5th year with excellent feedback.

The post holder will work within the Department of Ageing and Health 'Proactive Care of Older people undergoing Surgery' (POPS) service, which is an innovative service delivering CGA-based care to older people undergoing surgery. The work will be based at both Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals.

The applicant may have a background in geriatric medicine, acute/general medicine or anaesthetics.

The post holder will be involved in the delivery of preoperative comprehensive geriatric assessment, development of care pathways, management of inpatients on surgical wards, and training of surgical staff in 'geriatric issues'. The post holder will participate in outpatient clinics, ward rounds, and multidisciplinary team meetings. There are likely to be on call duties as a medical registrar on a 1 in 8 rota for at least 6 months of the one year post.

As a 1 year POPS Clinical Fellow you will find exciting opportunities to learn about perioperative medicine, service development, business planning, and project evaluation. There is an expectation that the post holder will present and publish findings and will be supported to seek research funding.

Start date for these posts is either August or October 2018.

Closing date: 30/03/2018, midnight.

Applications are welcomed from applicants with a disability. We can make reasonable adjustments and offer support and advice in a variety of ways throughout the application process. Equality of opportunity is our policy.

As an organisation we are committed to developing our services in ways that best suit the needs of our patients. This means that some staff groups will increasingly be asked to work a more flexible shift pattern so that we can offer services in the evenings or at weekends.

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Applicant requirements: You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Self-nominations sought for the post of BGS President-Elect

The BGS now invites self-nomination from BGS members to take over from Professor Tahir Masud as President-Elect when he takes up the role of President in November 2018.

Role Description and Election Process

This is a crucial, honorary role at the highest level of the Society. The post holder serves for 2 years as President-Elect, followed immediately by 2 further years as President. The precise responsibilities will be agreed between the new President-Elect and the President, and what follows is an outline of the role. As well as the duties outlined below, the President-Elect will be shadowing the President in preparation for her or his own term as President.


The new President-Elect will take office at the BGS Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 16 November 2018, the final day of the BGS Autumn meeting.

She or he will serve as President-Elect for two years ending at the AGM in 2020, on which date s/he will succeed automatically to the post of President, and serve for two years in that role.


  • Member and Vice-Chair of the BGS Trustee Board
  • Ex-officio Member of a number of BGS’s standing committees
  • Attends and represents the Society at the BGS biannual conferences
  • Member of the Age and Ageing Executive Committee
  • Represents the Society at meetings of other professional organisations and government/NHS bodies, as necessary
  • Deputises for the President at Regional BGS meetings, as necessary
  • Attends and possibly chairs any special working parties that may be set up
  • Provides guidance to the BGS Chief Executive and other staff when the President is not available.


Overall time commitment roughly is ½ a day pw on average, but varies considerably from week to week.

  • Trustee Board: 4 meetings a year, each usually lasting about 4.5 hours
  • Age and Ageing Executive Committee: 4 conference calls lasting 1.5 hours each year
  • National Council meetings: TBD
  • RCP/BGS liaison meetings: 3 per annum of roughly 2 hours at RCP
  • Other meetings: Hard to predict the time commitment
  • For all of the above, as much time again for reading and preparation.


Dependent on matters arising. The President-Elect may, in agreement with the President, wish to use the two years leading up to her/his presidency to plan future projects.


The President-Elect should be aware of the subsequent workload associated with the position of President:

  • Raising the profile of the Society and enhancing its impact and influence; being the national figurehead of BGS
  • Working closely with, supporting, motivating and constructively challenging the Chief Executive, and leading on recruiting his/her successor
  • Representing the Society at meetings of other professional organisations and government/NHS bodies as necessary
  • Leading, chairing and developing the BGS Trustee Board, which meets 4 times a year
  • Chairing the BGS/RCP liaison meetings 3 times a year
  • Helping to formulate BGS policy on a wide range of issues
  • Making addresses to, and chairing sessions at BGS Meetings; chairing the BGS AGM and presiding at BGS Meeting Dinners and at other events
  • Providing urgent responses to national political issues related to health and the welfare of older people and acting as a spokesperson for the BGS in media interviews and articles.

The following may arise from time to time for both the President and President-Elect:

  • Giving lectures on geriatric medicine and the care of older people in response to invitations from other professional organisations and representing the Society at their meetings/receptions
  • Liaising with government departments, senior civil servants and Ministers on age care issues
  • Liaising with other geriatrics societies abroad
  • Liaising with the Royal Colleges in the UK
  • Liaising with other professional organisations such as the BMA
  • Liaising with voluntary sector organisations
  • Maintaining regular contact with Regional BGS groups where ever possible
  • Signing cards, certificates etc
  • Contributing to the BGS Newsletter.


Difficult to predict, and work pressure ebbs and flows, but over the course of a year an average one day a week, including responding to correspondence, e-mails etc., but with occasional visits all round the UK and the odd one abroad. It is necessary to be contactable by the Chief Executive and Communications Manager even during the holiday periods in case any urgent issues arise.

The post provides substantial scope to influence the development of the BGS, the specialty and the care of older people.

The post of President-Elect, and in due course the post of President, does require a heavy commitment to the Society and will involve late arrivals home, absences from home and a considerable burden on top of clinical commitments. Successful presidents have a vision of how the Society can achieve even more impact and influence in future; invest in building a mutually supportive relationship with their chief executive; be a good team leader and communicator; a strong forward planner; be well organised, and able to delegate effectively.


Self-nominations are invited for the post of President-Elect, to take office from 16 November 2018.

Self-nominations must reach BGS’s Office & Business Manager, Mark Stewart, no later than midnight on Friday 6 April 2018. The email address is

If anyone considering self-nominating would like to discuss the role with the existing President-Elect, Professor Tahir Masud, this can be arranged by emailing BGS’s Chief Executive, Colin Nee

Self-nominations procedure:

Prospective candidates (who must be full members of the Society) should self-nominate; there is no requirement to apply via your Region or Council. The only requirement is that a self-nomination must be supported, in writing, by at least five other BGS members who are eligible to vote at an AGM of the Society.

How to self-nominate:

The candidate must submit a statement of consent, in writing, to the effect that: "I, ……………… do hereby consent that my name be put forward for nomination to the post of President-Elect of the British Geriatrics Society for the period 2018-2020".

The statement of consent must be supported by statements of support from 5 other members of the BGS. These need say no more than ‘I support XX’s nomination for the post of President-Elect of the BGS’.

The self-nomination and 5 statements of support must be received by the Office & Business Manager, Mark Stewart, by email or at the registered office of the Society, no later than midnight on 6 April 2018. Late or incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

Self-nomination via email is preferred. The email address to use is

If you prefer to post, please send to BGS’s registered address and use a tracked postal service.

Mark Stewart will acknowledge promptly (within 3 working days) nominations received, so you should not assume that your nomination has reached the BGS unless you receive the acknowledgement.

If only one self-nomination which fulfils the rules is received by the closing date and time, that candidate will be deemed to have been elected unopposed.

Election ballot:

Should there be more than one nomination, a ballot of members will be held in May/June 2018.

All candidates will be encouraged to submit a statement supporting their nomination, not to exceed one A4 page in length, together with a photograph, which will appear with the ballot paper.

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BGS Staff Vacancy: Membership Administrator


The British Geriatrics Society is the professional association for NHS doctors, nurses and other healthcare specialists engaged in the treatment and care of older people across the UK. We have over 3,500 members. The Society is a registered charity aiming to improve the healthcare of older people. We are based in Farringdon, a vibrant area in central London.

Job title: Membership Administrator

Reporting to: Director of Learning and Professional Development

Salary: £25,765 per annum, plus 11% pension contribution

Base: The British Geriatrics Society’s office in Farringdon, London EC1;
(Occasional UK travel with overnight stays may be required, with very occasional evening work supporting delivery of events).

Overall purposes:
• To provide support in processing applications for membership, and membership renewals, using our membership database (Civi-CRM)
• To respond to member enquiries by telephone, email, and in person at conferences
• To contribute to preparations for our conferences (ad hoc, roughly 10% on average of your working time).

Main duties and responsibilities:

You will process the applications and renewals of memberships to the Society, via Civi-CRM, email, post and telephone.

You will be responsible for sending confirmations and receipts to new or renewing members.

On occasion, you will also be required to help with the administration of our conferences, namely delegate, speaker and sponsor registrations. This involves processing new event bookings online, via email, post and phone (training will be provided). It will also include helping with the preparation of conference materials such as delegate packs and name badges, liaising with providers such as couriers and the onsite registration of delegates at events.

Specific duties will include:

  • Processing membership applications and renewals, responding to incoming enquiries, providing confirmation and supporting correspondence to members
  • Maintaining the health and integrity of the database containing members, non-member, events registrants and external suppliers through data cleaning and monitoring
  • Contributing to the processing conference registrations, and responding to incoming enquiries, providing confirmation and supporting correspondence to delegates, sponsors and speakers
  • Preparation of conference materials including electronic and printed material

This is a description of the job as it is at present. It is the practice of the Society to review job descriptions from time in consultation with the post holder.

Person specification

  • At least 1 year’s previous experience assisting membership administration
  • At least one year’s experience of using a Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) Database, ideally Civi-CRM but alternatively with other comparable CRM databases
  • Experience of managing membership applications, including taking payments, invoicing and receipting
  • Excellent customer relationship skills, able to communicate with people at all levels
  • Some experience of working in a charity, either paid or unpaid
  • Good standard of literacy and of numeracy
  • Attention to detail Fully competent at using MS Word, MS Excel, other databases and email
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work as part of a small team
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic to succeed in the role long term.

How to apply

Applicants should send a tailored CV (maximum 2 sides A4) and cover letter (maximum 2 sides A4) detailing why you would be suitable for the position, i.e. addressing the ten bullet points of the Person specification above.

Please email your CV and cover letter to .

Closing date: 19th March. Interviews will be held on Thursday 29th March



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