BGS Members' Network
Why did we introduce the Members Directory?
The Members Directory developed from the previous, paper-based members directory that formed part of the BGS handbook. It was introduced after listening to our member services and communications review undertaken in 2015, where 61% of surveyed members indicated they would be very likely to use such a feature.
The introduction of this feature for members is also possible due to the introduction of new systems at BGS to better respond to the growing number of members and service users. We currently have over 4,000 members, had over 4,500 people attend BGS events in 2017, have 7,500 people receive our monthly emails, 11,000 monthly visitors to our blog and 14,900 follow us on Twitter. Our membership continues to grow and diversify, and with healthcare of older people moving closer to home delivered by multidisciplinary teams, networking and establishing contacts has a new importance. We aim for the members directory to facilitate this.
What is the Members Directory?
The Members Directory is open to all members of the BGS on an opt-in basis. Your member profile, part of your online account, will be used to display brief biographical details, your place of work and your interests and expertise. This can include your research interests, your interest to help mentor others in particular areas or to speak at educational meetings. As with all member data, we take security very seriously. Your information will not be included in the Directory unless you opt in, and your email and address information is not included in the Directory. Members will contact each other using the website, without their email details becoming exposed. Emails will be sent from the BGS website where the member can then choose to respond, or not, to the contact.
How to use the Members Directory
- To opt in, please log in to your MyBGS account and make sure your profile is up-to-date with your current information (including a picture if you wish).
- Navigate to the 'My Membership Details' tab.
- Select 'Yes' under 'Members Directory'.
- You are now ready to connect with other BGS members in the Directory!
Click here to visit the Members Directory (you must be a member and opted in to view). Logged-in members can also navigate to this page using the purple menu bar above.
The British Geriatrics Society publishes a newsletter every second month.
We feature innovative service models, conference reports, interviews with movers and shakers in geriatric medicine, while also giving updates on policy matters.
We welcome unsolicited submissions from BGS members and non-members working and studying in the area of older people's care. Do you have a hobby horse relating to older people's care? Do you have a talent for cartoons? We would love to hear from you. Email the Editor on editor [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk