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 £240 for a single conference in 2022, compared to non-members)
  • Accreditation for CPD (continuing professional development) at almost all of our events
  • 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 2022

Category

UK based membership

Fee

Overseas membership

Fee

A

Senior Doctors – Post CCT or CESR CP

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

£195.00

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.

£105.00

Pre CCT or CESR CP

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.

£85.00

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

*Membership fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase

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

No further rate reduction

Parental leave - all categories

50%

Parental leave - all categories

50%

Retirement Rate

50%

Retirement Rate

No further rate reduction

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

50%

Opt out of journal (online only)

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 2021*

Category

UK based membership

Fee

Overseas membership

Fee

A

Senior Doctors – Post CCT or CESR CP

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

£195.00

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.

£105.00

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.

£85.00

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

£42.50

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 LTFT or LTFE (60% of standard working week)

No further rate reduction

Parental leave - all categories

50%

Parental leave - all categories

50%

Retirement Rate

50%

Retirement Rate

No further rate reduction

Opt out of journal (online) - Category C only

50%

Opt out of journal (online)

No further rate reduction

*Membership fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase
 

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

 

How do I join?

The quickest and easiest way to join is online. 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 membership fee is calculated respectively from your profession and extended a 50% discount off the UK annual membership fee for the membership category you are aligned too. You will receive all the membership benefits, including a online subscription to the Age and Ageing journal.

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.

Do you offer a discount for those on parental leave?

Yes. For members currently on, or about to take parental leave, a 50% reduced rate of the annual membership subscription is applied for all paying 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 parental leave falls. To apply for this discount, please select this option during your application or renewal. When applying for this discount, you will need to upload supporting documentation to confirm your eligibility. This can be a letter or email confirming your parental leave dates.

Do you offer a discount for those working Less Than Full Time (LTFT)?

Yes. Those working 60% Full Time Equivalent (FTE) or less are extended a discount. To apply for this discount, please select this option during your application or renewal. When applying for this discount, you will need to upload supporting documentation to confirm your eligibility. This can be a letter or email from your employer confirming your 60% LTFT post or a copy of your contract.

Please note, you will need to re-apply for this discount each year.

Do you have a retired member rate?

Yes. As our retired members form a key part of our membership, the BGS offers a 50% reduction in membership fees against their current membership category.

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 online subscription to the Age and Ageing journal.

How can I access the Age and Ageing journal?

We have now moved to a sustainable, flexible option of providing access to the Age and Ageing journal online only. This is included in your membership and can be accessed via the BGS and OUP website using your login details for your BGS account.

Category C memberships can continue to opt out of receiving the journal digitally.

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

Subscriptions to Age and Ageing are available for Institutions and Corporate Subscribers. Individuals are encouraged to access the journal with a BGS membership. Further details are available online here.

 

Membership of the British Geriatrics Society costs no more than £195 and includes online subscription to the journal for most membership categories.

Informing us of a member's death

It is sad to hear when BGS members have died. But please let us know, so that we update our records, and can ensure no further membership payments are collected or unnecessary communications sent. You can notify us by emailing Disha Rabadia at membership [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk with the following details; full name of the person who has died, date of birth, home address and the date of death. We would need this information confirmed and verified to allow us to update our records.

BGS are keen to pay tribute to the life and work of our members who have worked so hard to improve healthcare for older people. We invite any family members, friends or colleagues to share their memories of the professional by writing an obituary which we would publish on our website and/or in our Newsletter. We also welcome tributes for those who are not members of the Society but have contributed to the BGS mission of improving healthcare for older people. For more information on this or to send your contribution, please email Mark Stewart at m [dot] stewart [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk.

Are there any other benefits to being a BGS member?

We can offer a 20% discount on the Open Access fees when publishing in Age and Ageing journal for members of the British Geriatrics Society. If you are a BGS member and would like to apply this offer, please email Katy at aa [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk with your membership number.

What options are there for Group membership?

We are keen to strengthen the BGS’s multidisciplinary ethos and to enable nurses and AHPs to take advantage of lower membership fees if they join as part of a group. Group membership is available to teams and organisational units, providing a cost-effective way to sample the majority of benefits available to individual members. 

If you are interested in finding out about a Group membership for your team or workplace, please contact membership [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk

Some benefits available to individual members are not included in this category.

Group membership package

Number of members in the group

Annual membership fee

Annual cost for individual membership for package size

Saving for the organisation

Package 1

<10 members

£500

£850

£350 compared to 10 individual members

Package 2

11-20 members

£1000

£1700

£700 compared to 20 individual members

Package 3

21-30 members

£1500

£2550

£1050 compared to 10 individual members