Become a member of the BGS

The British Geriatrics Society is the association for professionals working in the healthcare of older people across the UK. We are the only society in the UK offering expertise in the health care of older people, and providing a national voice for specialists working in this field. 

Our membership is truly multidisciplinary. It includes consultant geriatricians, nurses, GPs, old age psychiatrists, allied healthcare professionals, and researchers. Everyone specialising in the healthcare of older people is welcome to join!

Your membership fee depends on where you are in your career, how you pay for membership and if you are overseas.

Joining the BGS gives you access to a range of professional support and benefits, including:

  • Discounted fees for BGS events (saving up to £150 for a single conference in 2020, compared to non-members)
  • Accreditation for CPD (continuing professional development) at almost all of our events
  • Print and online subscriptions to our scientific journal Age & Ageing (available with most membership categories) - worth £433.00 on the open market
  • The chance to network with other specialists and experts in the care of older people face to face and via our members' directory
  • Membership of various Special Interest Groups within the society that focus on specific conditions, at no extra cost
  • Access to best practice guidance on topics such as diagnosing and treating frailty or commissioning services for care homes
  • A regular newsletter, e-bulletin and blog to keep you updated on the latest news and events
  • Entitlement to apply for a grant for relevant educational activities for eligible members.

Membership Rates 2020

Category

UK based membership

Fee

Overseas membership

Fee

A

Senior Doctors – Post CCT or CESR CP

Covering - Consultants, GPs, Professors, Senior Lecturers etc.

£195

Senior Doctors

Equivalent to Consultants, GPs, Professors, Senior Lecturers etc.

£97.50

B

Pre CCT or CESR CP

Covering SAS Grade, Specialist Registrar, GP Trainees, IMT, Clinical Fellows etc.

£105

Equivalent to SAS Grade, Specialist Registrar, GP Trainees IMT, Clinical Fellows etc.

£52.50

C

Healthcare professionals

Covering all other eligible members - Nurses, AHPs, Researchers, Physician Associates etc.

£85

Healthcare professionals

Nurses, AHPs, Researchers, Physician Associates etc.

£42.50

D

Students/Preceptorship Nurse and AHP and Foundation Year Doctors

Covering all eligible free categories of Undergraduate Medical Students, Student Nurse and AHPs, Preceptorship year Nurse and AHPs and Foundation Year doctors in UK

£0

Students

Overseas Medical Student

£42.50

Eligibility for fee reductions

UK based membership

Reduction in applicable fee

Overseas membership

Reduction in applicable fee

Reduced rate for LTFT or LTFE (60% of standard working week)

40%

Reduced rate for LTFE

40%

Parental leave - all categories

50%

Parental leave - all categories

50%

Retirement Rate

50%

Retirement Rate

50%

Opt out of journal (print and online) - Category C only

50%

Opt out of journal (print and online)

No further rate reduction

 
Many of our members are hospital consultants specialising in the care of older people, but you don't have to be a doctor to join.

If you are a nurse, old age psychiatrist, advanced clinical practitioner, allied healthcare professional or GP with an interest in the healthcare of older people, you are welcome to join.

Membership is free for undergraduate medical students, student AHPs, student nurses and Foundation Year Doctors.

Frequently asked questions

How much does membership cost?

Membership Rates 2020

Category

UK based membership

Fee

Overseas membership

Fee

A

Senior Doctors – Post CCT or CESR CP

Covering - Consultants, GPs, Professors, Senior Lecturers etc.

£195

Senior Doctors

Equivalent to Consultants, GPs, Professors, Senior Lecturers etc.

£97.50

B

Pre CCT or CESR CP

Covering SAS Grade, Specialist Registrar, GP Trainees, IMT, Clinical Fellows etc.

£105

Equivalent to SAS Grade, Specialist Registrar, GP Trainees IMT, Clinical Fellows etc.

£52.50

C

Healthcare professionals

Covering all other eligible members - Nurses, AHPs, Researchers, Physician Associates etc.

£85

Healthcare professionals

Nurses, AHPs, Researchers, Physician Associates etc.

£42.50

D

Students/Preceptorship Nurse and AHP and Foundation Year Doctors

Covering all eligible free categories of Undergraduate Medical Students, Student Nurse and AHPs, Preceptorship year Nurse and AHPs and Foundation Year doctors in UK

£0

Students

Overseas Medical Student

£42.50

 

UK based membership

Reduction in applicable fee

Overseas membership

Reduction in applicable fee

Reduced rate for LTFT or LTFE (60% of standard working week)

40%

Reduced rate for LTFE

40%

Parental leave - all categories

50%

Parental leave - all categories

50%

Retirement Rate

50%

Retirement Rate

50%

Opt out of journal (print and online) - Category C only

50%

Opt out of journal (print and online)

No further rate reduction

 

Your membership fee depends on where you are in your career, how you pay for membership and if you are overseas.

During the application process for Category A membership you will be asked if you are retired, on maternity or working less than full time.

*The subscription year runs from January to December. **From July – December, membership fees are at 50% pro rata.

How do I join?

Please complete an online application for BGS membership here. For any further questions, or difficulties completing your membership application, please email membership [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk.

Do I need to live in the UK to join?

No, we welcome members from all over the world. Overseas members pay £100 and receive all the membership benefits, including a Digital subscription to Age and Ageing worth up to £343.00/$650.00/€515.00 when subscribing directly.

Am I eligible for free membership?

Free membership is open to all undergraduate medical students, student nurses and AHP students at a UK medical school. It is also open to Foundation Year 1 – 2 and Academic Foundation Year 1 – 2 Doctors as well as Nurses and AHPs in their Preceptorship year.

Medical student and Foundation Year Doctors - Members in this category must be undergraduate students based in the UK, at a UK medical school or a UK based foundation year doctor. Postgraduate students are not included.

Nurses and AHPs - Members in this category must be on an undergraduate course leading to a clinical career in health and based in the UK, or in their Preceptorship Year. Postgraduate students, or those studying for advanced qualifications such as ANPs, are not included in this category.

Free members do receive digital access to the BGS’ scientific journal Age and Ageing.

Am I entitled to claim a reduced rate for maternity leave?

Yes. For members currently on, or about to take maternity leave, a 50% reduced rate of the annual membership subscription is applied for all paid categories of membership.  This rate is applied to one year of membership,  which will be the year in which the greatest part of the member's maternity leave falls. To apply for the maternity reduced rate, please indicate this during your application or renewal. You will need to communicate with membership [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk to provide confirmation of your maternity leave dates.

Are there reduced rates for Less Than Full Time (LTFT)?

Yes. Those working 60% Full Time Equivalent (FTE) or less are extended a reduced rate. Your LTFT working arrangement will need to be approved by our membership officer annually who could request confirmation from your Trust or Deanery. To apply for the LTFT reduced rate, please indicate this during your application or renewal. If this occurs part way through your membership you will need to email membership [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk to provide confirmation.

Do I have to receive a paper copy of Age and Ageing journal?

No, as part of the BGS sustainability programme you can now select to access the journal digitally. There will be no reduction in price for this service for Category A and B members. However, Category C and retired members can opt out of receiving the journal for a reduction in their membership fee.

Overseas members and Category D members will receive the journal digitally only.

Can I subscribe to Age and Ageing without becoming a member?

Subscriptions to Age and Ageing are available for Institutions, Corporate members and Individual Subscribers. Further details are available online here.

Pricing for individuals is £396.

Membership of the British Geriatrics Society costs no more than £215 and includes a subscription to the Journal for most membership categories.

Do you have a retired member rate?

Yes, we do. As our retired members form a key part of our membership, the BGS offers a 50% reduction in membership fees for our retired members.

Continuing as a retired member allows you to still be an active part of the Society, and receive all of the membership benefits it has to offer. These include reduced rates for attendance at conferences and subscription to Age and Ageing if you choose.

Why do fees go down in July?

The BGS Trustee Board, ratified by the membership via the Annual General Meeting, proposed that membership fees should be adjusted proportionately mid-way through the year. Therefore, from July 2019, membership fees for those joining or renewing in the period July – December have been reduced by 50%. Membership will still lapse on the 31 December and will need to be renewed from January to avoid interruption. The Trustees review this regularly. The discount for payment by paying with direct debit at the start of the year is removed as fees are reduced.