Vice President, Workforce
The BGS is now inviting expressions of interest for the post of BGS Vice President: Workforce. Closing date: midnight, 30 September 2018.
The Vice President: Workforce will take office on 1 January 2019 and is expected to serve for a three-year term.
The Society has established a fourth Vice President position responsible for the strategic leadership of BGS’s work on workforce issues affecting its members from all relevant disciplines.
The VP will use his/her best endeavours to ensure that the Society, through its publications and electronic media, provides its members with every opportunity to keep up to date with relevant workforce developments and to provide those considering a career in the healthcare of older people to have the information they need to make informed choices. The VP will be responsible for ensuring the BGS captures and analyses all relevant UK workforce date and will provide expert input to inform policy initiatives and to guide the Trustee Board on workforce matters. S/he will work with the Vice President: Training and Education and the Education and Training Committee to ensure good coordination across BGS’s work on education/training and workforce matters. The VP will represent the BGS on the RCP’s Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) for Geriatric Medicine. S/he will work with the Honorary Secretary and the Policy and Communications Committee to instigate and/or inform any policy initiatives with workforce impact.
This is a voluntary, unpaid role, though travel costs and other expenses will be covered.
The anticipated time commitment is one half day a week, but this may vary according to the demands of the role.
The post holder will work with the Chief Executive to establish an Advisory Panel - meeting only as and when needed – through which to gain intelligence from ground level, share out the necessary work and provide stimulus and accountability
Although not a BGS trustee, the post holder will also be expected to attend and report to meetings of the Trustee Board which take place four times a year.
- To lead on the capture and analysis of workforce data relevant to BGS members and potential members of all disciplines, and arrange for regular updates to be published in BGS’s website at least every 6 months.
- To lead on knowledge sharing on workforce issues, guiding the Trustee Board as required; coordinating well with the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians’ geriatrics Specialist Advisory Committee (JRCPTB SAC) and attending its meetings; attending and reporting to the BGS Education and Training Committee and the BGS Policy and Communications Committee, and ensuring that potential and existing members have access to accessible, timely and engaging information on relevant workforce issues.
- To take a multi-disciplinary approach in line with BGS’s aspiration to appeal to a broader range of health professionals, mindful of the workforce information needs not just of geriatricians but GPs, nurses and allied health professionals.
Responsibilities (with scope for possible adjustment by discussion after appointment)
- In collaboration with the Chief Executive, establish, chair and develop a BGS Workforce Advisory Panel
- Oversee the capture and analysis of the best available workforce data relevant to the healthcare of older people across the UK
- Attend the Trustee Board meetings and report and advise on matters relating to workforce
- Liaise with trustees, BGS secretariat and other BGS member officers on matters of strategic importance relating to workforce
- Keep potential members and members up to date on workforce issues through BGS’s communication channels, including producing an update for the website at at least 6-monthly intervals
- Responsible (along with BGS staff) for developing and maintaining the Workforce areas of the BGS website
- Advise on any other workforce materials the BGS may produce
- Liaise with relevant external bodies and to build alliances with a view to raising standards workforce data
- To represent BGS on the RCP’s SAC Geriatric Medicine.
Qualifications and experience
- Comprehensive understanding of workforce issues relevant to the healthcare of older people
- A good knowledge of medical education, CPD, and validation, and of the education an training of nurses and AHPs
- Member of the BGS
- Media training, or a willingness to undertake a refresher course, would be an advantage.
- Has the time needed to fulfil the role
- Strong Chairing and team leadership skills
- Accessible, accountable and responsible
- Ability to influence and determine key areas of policy
- Open minded and flexible
- Committed to collaboration
- Able to motivate and support colleagues
- Goal and target focused.
The VP: Workforce attends and reports to:
- the BGS Trustee Board (4 meetings a year)
- The JRCPTB SAC (3 meetings per year, in the morning, followed by….)
- the BGS Education and Training Committee (3 meetings per year, in afternoon following the SAC meeting)
- the BGS Policy and Communications Committee (4 meetings a year).
All these meetings take place in London.
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in applying for the VP: Workforce role, please contact the BGS Office & Business Manager, Mark Stewart, on 020 7608 8575,
Expressions of interest, in the form of a letter and short career summary should be emailed to the address below by the deadline. The letter should give a brief indication of how the candidate would approach the requirements of the role.
For an informal discussion with the existing VP: Workforce, Dr Zoe Wyrko, please contact Colin Nee at
The closing date for expressions of interest is midnight on the 30 September 2018. Email to
BGS vacancy: Deputy Honorary Secretary 2018 - 2019
The BGS is now inviting expressions of interest for the post of Deputy Honorary Secretary. Closing date: midnight, 30 September 2018.
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The Deputy Honorary Secretary will serve until the Honorary Secretary demits (scheduled to be November 2019), on which date s/he will automatically take over as Honorary Secretary, and serve in that role for two years.
The Deputy will support the Honorary Secretary, Dr Frazer Anderson, and take on a share of his responsibilities, to be mutually agreed. The duties of the Honorary Secretary are:
- Act as one of the most senior officers of, and ambassadors for, the society
- Serve as a member of the BGS Trustee Board and as a director of BGS (Trading) Ltd., our wholly owned trading arm
- Commission articles and edit the BGS Newsletter (6 issues a year)
- Act as one of the commissioners of BGS blogs
- Act as one of the Society’s tweeters in chief
- Approve press releases, blogs and policy submissions to government etc.
- Liaison with external organisations; NHS, Royal Colleges, other specialist medical societies, voluntary organisations and allied professional groups.
- With the other senior officers, the Honorary Secretary will have a key role in strategic planning. Both the Honorary Secretary and Deputy Honorary Secretary can expect to be involved in key projects during their term of office
Both the Deputy and the Honorary Secretary attend
- the BGS Trustee Board (4 meetings a year).
- the Policy and Communications Committee (4 meetings a year).
The time commitment for the Deputy Honorary Secretary will vary but should rarely exceed a few hours a month. Once the Deputy takes over as Honorary Secretary, the time commitment may grow substantially but should rarely exceed 3 - 4 days per month spread unevenly.
This is a voluntary, unpaid role, although travel costs and other expenses will be covered (in accordance with the BGS expenses policy).
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in applying for the Deputy Honorary Secretary role, please contact the BGS Office & Business Manager, Mark Stewart, on 020 7608 8575,
Expressions of interest, in the form of a letter and short career summary should be emailed to the address below by the deadline. The letter should give a brief indication of how the candidate would approach the requirements of the role. It should also confirm that s/he is aware that the Deputy will succeed to the post of Honorary Secretary automatically in due course, and has taken account of the time commitment of such a senior position in the society.
The closing date for expressions of interest is midnight on 30th September 2018.