2024 Spring Meeting

Date(s)
On Demand 22-24 May 2024 | On demand to 24 May 2025
Credits
This meeting has applied for 18 credits of live CPD credit (expires 24 June 2024) and 18 credits distance learning CPD accreditation (expires 24 May 2025) with RCP (London)
The BGS Spring 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.

Flexible attendance options & registration fees for 2024: In person or online

There is no difference in registration fees for in person and online meeting attendance. The registration fee provides access to the conference or online platform for the days you are registered. On demand viewing post event will be limited to the days for which you have registered and paid.

There is a flexible transfer from in person to online attendance as clinical service and life balance require. Please check our FAQs first for any queries you may have about attendance or on demand watching.

Programme themes:

This conference will cover core areas of interest to all specialists responsible for the health care of older people with a particular focus on:

  • Dementia and nutrition
  • Continence
  • Prescribing at end of life
  • Respiratory diseases and the ageing lung
  • Syncope and falls
  • A journey through the ageing gut
  • Tissue viability
  • Education and training
  • Quality improvement
  • Research
  • Workforce
Plus keynote presentations from Professor Andrew Elder on The Artificial Doctor and Professor Janet Lord.

Abstract Results:

The results are available here.

You can submit research or clinical quality work to other BGS conferences here.

Who should attend:

  • All consultants, nurses and allied health care professionals with an interest in healthcare of older people
  • Especially those working in
    • geriatric medicine
    • acute/general medicine
    • frailty
  • GPs with an extended role in older people and GP trainees
  • Advanced and specialist practitioners
  • Consultant practitioners/consultant nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physician associates
  • Internal medicine trainees especially those considering an oncology, geriatric medicine, palliative care specialty
  • Medical, nursing, allied health professional students
  • Researchers into ageing and age-related conditions

About the speakers

KEYNOTE: Thursday 23 May 2024
Professor Janet Elder
Guest Lecturer

Professor Janet Lord

Professor of Immune Cell Biology, Director of the MRC-Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research University of Birmingham

Janet Lord is the Director of the MRC-Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research and Professor of Immune Cell Biology.

Her research focuses on the dysregulation of immunity in old age, in particular the decline in neutrophil function and how this compromises the response to infection and tissue injury. She aims to understand the mechanism involved and to develop novel therapies to improve immunity in older adults.

KEYNOTE: Friday 24 May 2024
Professor Andrew Elder
Marjory Warren Guest Lecturer

Professor Andrew Elder

 President RCPE, Consultant Physician, Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh

Andrew Elder is the first geriatrician to be elected as President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. His career outside clinical care has been devoted to medical education and he is recognised as expert in the teaching and assessment of bedside clinical skills. He has taught and lectured in over twenty countries including the USA, with visiting professorships at Stanford Medicine, UAB, WUSTL, Johns Hopkins and a one year fellowship at the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 2018, where his interest in new technology in the care of older people developed. In 2021 he was awarded Mastership of the American College of Physicians - the first doctor practising In Scotland to attain this honour since its inception in 1923. He believes that compassion, communication and core bedside clinical skills remain fundamental to high quality care and therefore have prime importance in contemporary medical education.

Why participate:

  • Understand more on the key areas & challenges faced in geriatric medicine  
  • Hear focused presentations on core areas of the geriatric medicine
  • Present the latest scientific research to British Geriatrics Society members and elected officers
  • Attend small group workshop sessions
  • Network & socialise with other healthcare professionals over 3 days

Grants to attend: In person or online

Members in Category B, C and D are now eligible to apply for a new BGS event grant. This will cover the registration cost for a BGS conference, either virtually or in person. Applications can be submitted from the event registration page, and should be requested and approved before completing registration.

Find out more

So why not join us in Spring... we look forward to seeing you.

Event Details

Cost to attend
All fees inclusive of VAT.
 
BGS Member Non-Member
Full Fee Day Fee Full Fee Day Fee
Senior Doctors – Post CCT or CESR CP Professions
*Includes Corporate Representatives
£360 £120 £600 £200
Pre CCT or CESR CP Professions, Healthcare professionals (Nurses, Physiotherapists, Researchers) £180 £60 £300 £100
Retired member/ Students (Undergraduates in Medical School, Nursing or AHP courses)
*Retired Members will need to enter a discount code
£90 £30 £150 £50

*An early bird discount of 10% is available until 24 March 2024.

Your organization can register attendees and pay the registration fee by card only they hold on your behalf (A Proxy registration). There isn’t an option for invoice payment for our virtual and hybrid conferences. The steps for a proxy registration are outlined on https://www.bgs.org.uk/hybrid-event-participants.

Accommodation

*Please be aware of fradulent emails or providers offering accommodation booking services. Follow good practice in identifying if contact is legitimate. Travel Housing is not affiliated with the BGS

Accommodation in recent years has increased in costs and this year keeping costs low is important. Study leave budgets are always under pressure and never seem to go far enough.

BGS have identified hotels near the Vox conference centre, which are low-cost.

Click here to see available options and rates

Other sites and booking directly with the hotels may be cheaper - please do shop around

The most affordable hotels are located in Birmingham City Centre and a short walk to Birmingham New Street Station. From here delegates can catch a direct train to the NEC train station.

These rates are variable so please do book soon to avoid disappointment. These hotels  have a cancellation window of 24 hours before the meeting (please double check!) so book your accommodation now.

  • IBIS Birmingham New Street (4 min walk to New Street Station)  
  • IBIS Budget Birmingham around (12 min walk to New St Station)  
  • Holiday Inn Express Birmingham Snow Hill (12 min walk to New St Station ) 
  • PentaHotel Birmingham (12 min walk to New St Station)  

Upon searching, hotels will appear in an ascending order and show the hotels with the best rates first despite distance to the VOX. While not as convenient as staying on site it's hopefully much more affordable, and offers evenings in Birmingham City centre.

BGS members can find preferential rates at Hotels by Hilton by following the details below.

  1. Go to www.hilton.com
  2. Enter Where to? destination and When? Check-in and Check-out dates
  3. Click on Special Rates
  4. Within the pop-up, under Corporate Account, enter 113011292. Click Done
  5. Click on Find a Hotel, select a hotel from the search results
Changing circumstances

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 you are able to cancel attendance and access to the on demand recordings for a 50% cancellation 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
Venue
BGS 2023 Autumn Meeting at The Vox, Birmingham BGS 2023 Autumn Meeting at The Vox, Birmingham - Foyer

The Vox is a contemporary, light and airy venue, located within Resorts World Birmingham. Only a 7 minute walk from Birmingham International Station and centrally located for both air and road links, it is surrounded by many hotels and restaurants. All the meeting rooms are on one level and in close proximity of each other, making it very easy to move between sessions and enjoy the varied meeting programme. The main foyer overlooks Pendigo Lake and is a perfect location to join an interactive group session or simply relax, and enjoy refreshments whilst networking with fellow meeting participants. Oh! and did we mention, as well as the ambience, the food is really fantastic too!

Complimentary Delegate Parking

There is complimentary parking for delegates in South 6 car park.
Please note that tickets must be validated using machines before you leave - Allocated by cloakroom and South 6 Foyer.

PLEASE NOTE:  Traffic may be heavy in and around the venue, due to a number of events taking place. Please allow plenty of time for your journey.

NEC SITE MAP

GETTING HERE MAP

For specific parking queries please contact the venue directly

https://www.voxvenue.co.uk/your-visit/faqs/

+44 (0)121 200 2000

info [at] voxvenue [dot] co [dot] uk

 

  • Session overview

    Day 1 Session 1 9.30 - 11.00

    Session One: Dementia and Nutrition
    Vox 1 & 2
    Session Two: Improving Continence in older people
    Vox 4
    Session Three: Medicines Optimisation
    Vox 5

    Day 1 Session 2 11.30 - 13.00

    Session One: Dementia and Nutrition
    Vox 1 & 2
    Session Two: Improving Continence in older people
    Vox 4
    Session Three: Lightning Round
    Vox 5

    Day 1 Session 3 14.00 - 15.00

    Session One: Dementia and Nutrition
    Vox 1 & 2
    Session Two: Improving Continence in older people
    Vox 4
    Session Three: SCE Preparation
    Vox 5

    Day 1 Session 4 15.30 - 16.30

    Session One: Dementia and Nutrition
    Vox 1 & 2
    Session Two: Improving Continence in older people
    Vox 4
    Session Three: Clinical Quality Session

    Day 1 Symposium 16.30 - 17.00

    Sponsored Symposium - Sponsored by the BodyDoctor
    Connecting the skin, eye and brain with nutrition: A new vision!
    Professor John Nolan, Director Nutrition Research Centre Ireland, South East Technological University, Ireland

    Day 1 Social Programme 17.00

    Group meetups
    Group meetups with Drinks. Join us to meet old and new colleagues. There will be designated points so that you can meet other professionals from within or without your own background.
    Meet up points will be identified for those in SAS Grade, Training roles, Nurses and AHP roles, Researchers.
    Vox 3

    Day 2 Policy Session 08.30 - 09.30

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

    Day 2 Session 1 9.30 - 10.30

    Session One: Respiratory
    Vox 1 & 2
    Session Two: Medical ethics and law
    Vox 4
    Session Three: Research
    Vox 5

    Day 2 Session 2 11.00 - 12.00

    Session One: Respiratory
    Vox 1 & 2
    Session Two: Medical ethics and law
    Vox 4
    Session Three: Research
    Vox 5

    Day 2 President's Poster Round 12.15 - 13.00

    President’s Poster Round
    Vox 4
    These are the top 10 submitted scientific research abstracts identified from submissions via adjudication. Each presenter will be given 3 minutes to present a summary of their work. There will then be questions from
    the President and VP of Research and Academic Affairs

    Day 2 Symposium 14.00 - 14.30

    Sponsored symposium
    This is a promotional symposium sponsored and organised by AstraZeneca, intended for GB HCPs only

    Day 2 Session 3 15.30 - 16.30

    Session One: Tissue Viability
    Vox 1 & 2
    Session Two: Poster Lightning Round
    Vox 4
    Session Three: Research Awards
    Vox 5

    Day 2 Guest Lecture 15.45 - 16.30

    Guest lecture
    Guest Lecture: Professor Janet Lord
    Professor of Immune Cell Biology, Director of the MRC-Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research University of Birmingham

    Day 2 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    Yes I will attend EDI Session
    No I won't attend EDI Session

    Day 2 Group Meetup 17.30

    Yes I will attend Group Meetups
    No I won't attend Group Meetup

    Day 2 Evening Social Programme Thursday 19.00 for dinner at 20.00

    Evening Reception Ticket £35
    Conference Dinner and Dancing. Ticket price: £35 (single) covering Meal: 3 courses and drinks with a set menu. Vegetarian options and choices to accommodate dietary restrictions will be available.
    Evening Reception ticket + guest dinner ticket £70
    Two places at the Conference Dinner & Dancing .Ticket price: £70 for 2 tickets covering Meal: 3 courses and drinks with a set menu. Vegetarian options and choices to accommodate dietary restrictions will be available.
    I will not attend the evening reception
    I would like to attend the Dinner
    We are currently full for dinner but if you would like to indicate interest for a dinner place please email registrations@bgs.org.uk

    Day 3 Session 1 9.30 - 11.00

    Session One: Falls & Syncope
    Vox 1 & 2
    Session Two: Journey through the GI Tract
    Vox 4
    Session Three: Education & Training
    Vox 5

    Day 3 Session 2 11.30 - 12.30

    Session One: Falls & Syncope
    Vox 1 & 2
    Session Two: Geroscience
    Vox 4
    Session Three: Education & Training
    Joining and working together to improve undergraduate education in geriatric medicine: Launch of the UK Geriatric Medicine Educators Collaborative
    Vox 5

    Day 3 Guest Lecture 12.45 - 13.30

    Marjory Warren Guest Lecture
    Marjory Warren Guest Lecture
    The Artificial Doctor
    Professor Andrew Elder, President RCPE, Consultant Physician, Honorary Professor, University of
    Edinburgh

    Day 3 Session 3 14.30 - 16.00

    Session One: Falls & Syncope
    Vox 1 & 2
    Session Two:Nursing and Allied Health Community of Practice
    Vox 4: Leadership
    Session Three: Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM)
    Vox 5