Autumn Meeting 2022

Live 16- 18 Nov 2022 On Demand until 18 Nov 2023
This meeting has applied for 18 credits of CPD accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
The BGS Autumn Meeting 2022 will be held as a hybrid conference, with the option to attend in person in London or to attend virtually. The meeting will cover the latest scientific research and the best clinical practice in care of older people. Our ageing population is stimulating extensive NHS service redesign to deal with the challenge of caring for larger numbers of older people both in and out of hospitals. This conference will cover core areas of interest to all specialists responsible for the health care of older people.

Who should attend?

The BGS Autumn Meeting is a fantastic learning opportunity for all members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) involved in the health and care of older people. It is likely to be of particular interest to:

  • Consultants and specialist doctors in geriatric medicine
  • Researchers into ageing and age-related conditions 
  • Doctors training in related specialties
  • GPs with an Extended Role in Older People and GP Trainees
  • Nurses and allied health professionals, including:
    • Advanced and Specialist Practitioners
    • Consultant Practitioners/Consultant Nurses
  • Physician Associates
  • Internal Medicine Trainees (especially those considering a career in geriatric medicine)
  • Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Professional students

Why attend?

Whether you choose to attend virtually, or opt to join us in person at the ExCel Centre in London, this three-day event will deliver a packed programme with the opportunity to hear from some of the country's leading experts in older people's healthcare, as well as:

  • Understand more about the key areas and challenges faced in geriatric medicine  
  • Hear focused presentations on core areas of geriatric medicine
  • Present the latest scientific research to British Geriatrics Society members and elected officers
  • Attend small group workshop sessions
  • Network and socialise with other healthcare professionals

NEW: Apply for a free place via our new BGS Event Grant scheme!

Applications are currently being accepted from BGS members who wish to register for one of the limited complimentary places under our new BGS Event Grant scheme. Click here to find out more.

Cost to attend

All fees inclusive of VAT

BGS  Member Rate
Full meeting in-person 
BGS Member
Day Fee  in-person
BGS Member
Virtual meeting Fee  
Full meeting  in-person  
Day Fee  in-person  
Virtual meeting Fee  
Senior Doctors – Post CCT or CESR CP Professions
*Includes Corporate Representatives


 £180 £600 £200


Pre CCT or CESR CP Professions, Healthcare professionals (Nurses, Physiotherapists, Researchers)

£180 £60 £90 £300 £100 £150
Retired member/ Students (Undergraduates in Medical School, Nursing or AHP courses)
*Retired Members will need to enter a discount code
£90 £30 £45 £150 £50 £150

*An early bird discount of 10% is available until 16 September 2022

Attending the meeting

The safety of all attending BGS meetings is our number one priority. We are conscious that geriatricians and multidisciplinary professionals are caring for older people living with frailty and multi-morbidity, who are known to be particularly vulnerable to the virus. We do not want to put anyone - and particularly those whose job it is to look after the health of those who are ill – at additional risk.

We encourage people attending BGS meetings to take a lateral flow test before attending. If the test is positive or you are feeling unwell, please do not visit or attend an event.

All in person attendees can access the content online, if your circumstances change. We have a flexible cancellation policy in that if your circumstances change:

  • If you can't come in person, and tell us more than 2 weeks before the meeting we will refund the difference between inperson and online fee
  • If you can't come in person, and inform us less than 2 weeks before the meeting we can't refund you but can transfer to a colleague. If you can't transfer the registration place to anyone, you can still watch the online content live or on-demand for up to 12 months

CPD certificates are only issues if you attend in person or online and record your attendance with the button - "Record CPD attendance today". You will need to check in everyday you attend for this to be recorded on your certificate.

We also encourage you to keep your distance, keep washing/ sanitising and if possible wear a face covering. 

Some of the COVID measures currently in place at our meetings:

  • Hygiene stations located throughout the building 
  • Our staff are lateral flow testing before delivering events
  • Although not mandatory, we recommend you wear a mask whilst attending in person. We will provide recyclable masks 
  • Depending on the venue, we will we offer food either pre-packaged sandwiches and individual bento boxes for lunch refreshments
How much do I pay?

The registrations varies based on your professional role, place of work, membership status and if you are attending online or in-person. Those in training roles, or with reduced access to study budget from their employer are extended reduced rates.

Members of the BGS are extended a 40% reduction compared to non-members. Join the BGS today to save 

The registration costs are listed on each event registration page and displayed before booking. BGS members should check to confirm they are logged into their current membership web account and that they can see the discount has been applied to their registration before booking. 

Those employed in acute hospital, intermediate or community healthcare settings by a public or not for profit body are categorised as below. Anyone attending to represent a commercial organisation, such as a pharmaceutical or medical device company will pay the standard registration fee. 

All registration fees are inclusive of VAT


Who does this include? 
Senior Doctors – Post CCT or CESR CP Professions Consultants, Professors, Medical Directors or other senior medical grades. 
Corporate representatives, from pharmaceutical companies for example.
This is the default cost to attend.

Pre CCT or CESR CP Professions, Healthcare professionals (Nurses, Physiotherapists, Researchers)

This covers Registrars, Clinical Fellows, Internal Medicine Trainees, Foundation Year Doctors.
It includes SAS Grade roles such as Associate Specialists, Trust Grade Doctors and Senior House Officers.
It also includes Nurses at all levels and the 14 recognised AHP roles, pharmacists, Physician Associates.
Those employed as researchers or scientists at an academic institution. 

Retired member/ Students (Undergraduates in Medical School, Nursing or AHP courses)
*Retired Members will need to enter a discount code
This covers all undergraduates in a medical degree, as well as those in Nursing and AHP undergraduate degrees.


Do I need to register for the meeting?

Yes. Please navigate to the event you want to register for and use the 'Register online' button on the right hand side to register for the meeting. You will need to create a BGS website account if you do not already have one, but you do not need to be a BGS member.
Please register in advance, as early as possible to take advantage of the early bird discount and help us plan the event well. If your circumstances change, we are flexible on the cancellation as detailed further below.

How do I log into the platform?

When registering for an event you will need to login, or create a free BGS website account.

If you are a BGS member your web account will have been created for you during your membership application, but you will also have an account if you are a non-member and have attended a BGS event in the past, joined a SIG or signed up for our communications. This account will allow you to register for the meeting and will be your point of access for watching the live conference or on-demand recordings.  

You can access the event either by: 

Clicking the link in one of the emails sent by registrations [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk If you didn't receive the email, check your spam folder. 

Logging into your BGS website account and navigating to the event page, then clicking on the 'View Stream' button. 

Why haven’t I got the registration email? Or details on how to join the meeting?

When you log into your account, you may not have access to the event you want to join.

Did you complete registration successfully? 

There are a few reasons that this might happen: 

You have not yet registered for the event. Perhaps your registration is not complete; remember to check that you have received a registration confirmation, and if this is the case, forward it to registrations [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk with a short description of your issue so that we can help you.

You did not log in with the email used when registering for your event. Make sure you use the same email address when logging into the BGS website. Having multiple accounts is possible. 

The event is not yet accessible to users - however it will be once the invitation emails are sent by the event organiser. 

Attending online only

Online participants can expect the same high-quality educational content as in a face-to-face meeting. Online participants joining live on the day of the meeting will be able to engage with presenters and sponsors through chat and poll functions during the sessions. Recordings of the presentations will be accessible post-event.

Participants will attend via the BGS website, logging in with the same details used to register for the meeting.  

Remember PPE for online attendance!

  • Test your connection before the event.
  • Update your details on the BGS website
  • Connect with people before the event starts. Use the BGS forum to engage with others before and after the meeting.
  • Review the programme and browse pre-meeting content.
  • A browser other than Internet Explorer (IE) needs to be used. An up-to-date version of Chrome is a good option (click here to download).
  • Close other programmes on your computer or mobile device.
  • Plug in a headset with microphone.
  • Plug in an ethernet cable (if available).
  • Shut others off the WiFi if you can (including your phone).
  • Set up your station - you may be able to cast to a large TV or output over HDMI if you want a larger viewing platform.
  • Read and watch the pre-meeting material available on the virtual event page.
  • Interact with presenters: Ask questions using the session chat function and participate into session polls.
  • Socialise: Chat with other participants, join a socialising event or interact in a group discussion. See the programme for social activities.
  • Make the most of your breaks: stretch and look away from the screen, grab a coffee or join a wellbeing event.
  • Connect with exhibitors: Please visit our sponsors and thank them for their support.
I can't view the stream

Our larger events are split across multiple days, and within these there are multiple streams which are broadcast concurrently.

There are a few reasons you may not be able to view the live stream.

If you get an error message when accessing the stream page:

You are not registered for the event or you have logged in with a different email to the one you registered with. Check your confirmation email to make sure your registration was successful, and to check the email address used to register.

If you are registered and cannot access the stream page, email registrations [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk providing your name, what kind of device you are using (PC/Mac/mobile/tablet etc), the browser you are using (Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Edge, etc) and whether you are joining from home or a workplace.

If you are in the stream page but cannot view the stream you wish to watch:

Check the time and date the stream is due to be broadcast. You cannot watch a stream before it has been broadcast.

Make sure you have clicked 'Switch to this stream' button when swapping between streams. This is located beneath the video segment and will swap the video broadcast to the stream you are currently previewing. Click here for detailed instructions.

You may need to try a different browser or install updates on your current browser. We advise against using Internet Explorer.

You may need to refresh the page to capture any updates.

There is a problem with the stream

Bouncing video stream

The media player may bounce while trying to find the optimal resolution for your device. You can hover your mouse cursor over the 'full screen' icon (at bottom right of the video screen, shaped like a cross) or wait and it should determine the best size after 10 seconds.

Video has an echo

If there is an echo on your video stream, please try these fixes in order:

Make sure you are not streaming the video from two seperate locations. Close any additional browser windows or tabs.

Log out of the BGS website and log back into the stream.

Clear your browser history.

Make sure you are using the most up-to-date version of your browser and all updates are installed.

Do a hard refresh on your browser to clear the cache:

Chrome, Firefox, or Edge for Windows: Press Ctrl + F5 (If that doesn’t work, try Shift + F5 or Ctrl + Shift + R).

Chrome or Firefox for Mac: Press Shift + Command + R.

Safari for Mac: Press Command + Option + E to empty the cache, then hold down Shift and click Reload in the toolbar.

Safari for iPhone and iPad: Go into device settings to erase your browser’s cache.

No video stream

We will notify participants via the chat function if there is a problem with the broadcast (for example if we are waiting for a speaker or there is a technical delay). Just like at an in-person event, this should be resolved quickly, and we thank you for your patience.

CPD accreditation for Online Event Attendance

Participants watching a live virtual event must login on the day to record attendance. A button is prominently displayed.

If participants join live using a shared work account or viewing as a group they must contact us before the end of the live event to record attendance. This should be by email with their full name, email address and place of work to registrations [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk. Participants must register before the live event starts to claim CPD credits.

We cannot send CPD certificates to participants who haven't registered in advance or those who watch after the live broadcast.

Participants accessing the archived version of the webinar may record this in their CPD diary using the approval code provided for the live event for up to four weeks after the event date.

If watching within 4 weeks of the live broadcast you can claim live CPD using the codes available on the RCP CPD diary or emailed to attendees. 

After 4 weeks this will be classed by the RCP as distance learning and will be assigned a distance learning code and can be added to the diary as usual distance learning activities would be.  

How can I access content after the event?

As long as you are registered for the event you can access the event live, or for up to 12 months post broadcast via the BGS website.


To watch the event post-broadcast, you will need to login to the BGS website. You can then navigate to the sessions you wish to rewatch by using the programme to access each session and the recordings will play automatically.


When prompted, login using your email address and password. If you don't remember your password, use the Forgot Password link.

You will be emailed a password reset link from registrations [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk. Check your spam folder if you don’t appear to receive the link.

Follow the steps to login.

If that doesn’t work please reply back to us.

The RCP will allow you to claim CPD for up to 12 months after the delivery of a meeting where the archives are accessible.


If you watch you will need to record this in your CPD diary using the event code (the live event code for 4 weeks post broadcast and the distance learning code for the following 11 months). We won’t send a certificate for watching post event content.

How can I adjust my registration?

Please email registrations [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk to amend your registration or call 0207 608 1369. You can not cancel, or transfer your registration without contacting us. You can update your email address via 'Manage my account.'

Attending an event in person

To keep all as safe as possible, you may find a few additional changes to your experience attending.

Please retry to remain in the same seat for the duration of the meeting.

You won't have a lanyard or name badge 

There won't be any pads, pens, or programmes distributed as standard. We ask you bring your own writing material and equipment. We will have some limited stocks on site.

We suggest that questions are facilitated via the online chat and Q&A tools - this will be communicated in your emails and on the day

Please return your BGS provided masks for collection and recycling

We will provide self-service stations for catering where possible 

Feeling unwell

If you are displaying any symptoms prior to arriving at an event, we ask that you take a lateral flow test and remain at home if the results are positive. You can watch online and we will refund you the difference in registration fee.

 If you start to feel unwell while visiting, please follow the steps below 

Let our staff know immediately

You will be taken to a separate area where you will be offered a lateral flow test if COVID-19 symptoms present, or offered the appropriate medical attention if not

Our staff team will ensure the moderators are informed discreetly and protocol will be followed to reduce exposure and contact

Attending from overseas

International attendees are encouraged to check entry conditions here  for their country of origin when travelling to the UK. 

  • Session overview

    Day 1 Session 1 10.00 - 11.00

    Community and Primary Care
    End of Life Care: Anticipatory Care Planning

    Day 1 Session 2 11.30 - 13.00

    Community and Primary Care
    End of life in the Community

    Day 1 Symposium 13.00 - 14.00

    Lunchtime Symposium

    Day 1 Session 3 14.00 - 15.00

    Community and Primary Care
    End of life care - Psychosis

    Day 1 Session 4 15.30 - 16.30

    Community and Primary Care
    End of life care - Psychosis

    Day 1 Symposium 16.30 - 17.30

    Evening sponsored symposium

    Day 2 Social and Physical 08.00 - 08.30


    Day 2 Policy Breakfast 08.30 - 09.00

    Yes, I will attend Policy Breakfast
    No, I won't attend the Policy Breakfast

    Day 2 Session 1 9.30 - 11.00

    Association of Academic Geriatric Medicine (AAGM) symposium
    09:30 Muscle responsiveness to immobilisation and mitigation strategies in older age
    Beth Phillips, University of Nottingham

    10:00 The physiological frailty phenotype
    Joseph Taylor, University of Nottingham

    10:15 Prehabilitation to counteract inactivity-induced sarcopenia
    Dr Leigh Breen, University of Birmingham

    10:45 Interventions to ameliorate sarcopenia in hospitalised older adults
    Dr Carly Welch, University of Birmingham
    Stroke and Cardiology

    Day 2 Session 2 11.30 - 13.00

    Research Sessions
    Stroke and Cardiology

    Day 2 Lunch Symposium 13.15 - 13.45

    Sponsored symposium

    Day 2 Session 3 14.00 - 15.00

    Stroke and Cardiology
    Faecal Continence The new patient on the ward who is faecally incontinent

    Day 2 Guest Lecture 15.30 - 16.30

    Guest Lecture

    Day 2 Session 4 16.30 - 17.30


    Day 2 Sponsored Symposia

    Day 2 Evening Sponsored Symposium

    Day 3 Session 1 9.30 - 11.00

    Service development case studies
    Endocrine disorders in older people
    Workshop: Foot problems in older people

    Day 3 Session 2 11.30 - 12.30

    Service development case studies
    Diabetes in the older adult
    Presidents poster round

    Day 3 Guest Lecture 12.45 - 13.30

    Trevor Howell Guest Lecture
    Professor Finbarr Martin,
    Emeritus Consultant Geriatrician and Professor of Medical Gerontology,
    Kings' College London
    Past BGS President
    Past EUGMS President

    Day 3 Sponsored Symposia 13.30 - 14.30

    Lunch sponsored symposia

    Day 3 Session 3 14.30 - 15.30