What we do

The BGS promotes excellence in the healthcare of older people. We believe that care should be patient-centred, multidisciplinary, and that health, social and community care should be an integrated, seamless service.

We promote and facilitate high standards of clinical quality and research through our scientific conferences and journal, Age and Ageing. We encourage the sharing of best practice and learning across disciplines, to help foster more integrated and multidisciplinary approaches. Our newsletter, website, blog and e-bulletin keep BGS members updated on the latest news and insights.

We support our members’ professional development both through the continuing professional development (CPD) content of our regular meetings, and by offering grants and prizes at different stages of our members’ careers.

We are a leading national policy voice on the care of older people, influencing the development of health care policy across the UK and ensuring the design, commissioning and delivery of age appropriate health services.

We publish best practice guidance on topics including diagnosing and treating frailty, commissioning services for care homes, and improving continence care.

Providing excellent care requires clinical knowledge, but also an understanding that older people’s needs are best met using a multiprofessional approach, whether you’re a therapist, doctor or nurse. The BGS’s multi-professional approach has led the way on dealing with a growing need, and is just one of many reasons why as a nurse I am proud to be a BGS member.”

Cliff Kilgore, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Bournemouth,  and Chair of the BGS Nurses and AHPs Council