Our Purpose

Founded in 1947,  the British Geriatrics Society now has over 4,000 members, and we are the only Society in the UK offering specialist expertise in the wide range of healthcare needs of older people.

Geriatric medicine is the branch of general medicine concerned with the healthcare of older people. The term geriatrics comes from the Greek word, geron meaning 'old man' and iatros meaning 'healer'. At its core, Geriatrics requires comprehensive assessment of older people living with illness or long term conditions which affect their daily lives. This involves close inter-disciplinary working with nurses, therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and many other health and care professionals. We work closely with GPs, Old Age Psychiatrists and many hospital clinical specialists to ensure that old people receive the highest possible levels of care.

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. Special Interest Groups within the Society focus on specific conditions including Falls and Bone Health, Oncology, Community Geriatrics, Cardiovascular Disease, Movement Disorders, Diabetes and Dementia.

With the advent of diverging health and social care policy in the devolved nations, the British Geriatrics Society has devolved national and regional networks which cover all of the UK, providing detailed focus on local issues. Other working groups within the Society focus on clinical quality, academic research, education and training, and there are dedicated forums for trainees and nurses.

I am proud of being part of the BGS. We’re a society that works hard to improve the care of older people, and supports and guides fellow professionals. We are a powerful voice advocating for older people.”

Dr Adhi Vedamurthy, Former Chair, BGS Wales Council

Strategic Plan 2017-2019

The BGS 2017/18 - 2019/20 strategy is written as our society celebrates its 70th anniversary. One of the most important findings of the strategic review of BGS’s services and communications undertaken by Forster Communications in 2015 was that it is the society’s unique focus on improving the healthcare of older people across the UK that provides the main attraction for healthcare professionals to join as members.

Our seven strategic objectives are:

  • Continue to develop our organisation’s profile, effectiveness and sustainability 
  • Influence the development of education and training across relevant disciplines 
  • Support our members’ professional development 
  • Promote high standards in preventing and treating disease in old age 
  • Facilitate access to research and opportunities to generate research 
  • Continue to improve the effectiveness of our internal and external communications 
  • Continue to increase our influence with policymakers and policy influencers with respect to health and social care policy for older people across the UK.

A full copy of the strategic plan is available to download