The BGS blog aims to presents issues relevant to people working to improve the health and care of older people. It will highlight the latest news and activities from across all the BGS campaigns, events, publications and activities as well as original articles commissioned by leaders in geriatric medicine.
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I’m a nurse but not as most people know it!
“So you used to be a nurse?” I am often asked by colleagues who work in mainstream health or social care services. “I am still a nurse!” I respond! “Just a different sort of nurse!”
NAHP Council Communities of Practice Update
In April and May, we completed our first events, pulling in Nurse and Allied Health Professional colleagues from across the four nations to our new Communities of Practice.
A summary of the BGS Scotland Spring Meeting 2021
The leadership and enthusiasm of the BGS Scottish Council, along with the support of the BGS conference team, ensured that the BGS Scottish Spring Meeting was back on the calendar for 2021.
My Brilliant Career…as an SAS doctor
Even as a medical student I was drawn to elderly patients, but as a Senior House Officer (SHO) in a busy London hospital I soon found that I did not thrive on the acute ward.
Chair and Deputy Chair of the BGS Nurse and AHP Council: Expressions of interest now open!
We will complete our term this Autumn and we would love to take this opportunity to tell you about these two fantastic vacancies within the BGS NAHP Council and entice you to step up and put yourself forward.
Final call for your favourite poetry and prose on ageing!
Who do you think wrote the best poem on ageing? Could it be Yeats, Keats, Frost, Cope, Barrett Browning, Wordsworth, or even Shakespeare?
Do you Dare to Care?
Do you dare to care? We have typically been called into our professional roles because we want to directly care for others. If not, we might have been technicians or scientists instead of healthcare professionals.
Chair of the Trainees Council: Expressions of interest now open!
Would I recommend the role? 100% yes! It really has been a brilliant opportunity! I have felt warmly invited into the BGS family and have also loved getting to know the other trainee officers in the other roles on the council.
Incontinence management in older people: A wake-up call
Current urinary incontinence (UI) guidelines often mention older adults with frailty but the detail and nuance of continence care for this group are not often well described. Supporting older people with urinary incontinence takes time and can be resource-intensive.
Care home visits during the pandemic - a look into the past and a view into the future
Although we’ve been in the grip of the pandemic for a little over a year now, in reality it feels more like a decade, with new restrictions, new lockdowns, and fortunately - thanks to vaccines and increased testing -, finally some new emerging hope that we may soon regain a semblance of normality.
“We heal, not in isolation, but in togetherness” – a role for the Care Home Care Coordinator?
Resy Manalo, Lalaine Lopez Pesario, Gilbert Barnedo, Elsie Sazuze, Suzanne Loverseed and Karen Hutton are some of the care home workers who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
#GeriBookClub’s fifth meeting: Mr Loverman, by Bernadine Evaristo
The intrepid #GeriBookClub met online again on Tuesday 11th May, to discuss ‘Mr Loverman’, written in 2013 by Bernadine Evaristo, who won the 2020 Booker Prize for her 2019 novel, ‘Girl, woman, other’.
Medicine Optimisation: Join the evolution...
The BGS ‘Drugs and Prescribing’ Special Interest Group (SIG) was established in 1988. Recently the name was modified to the ‘Medicines Optimisation’ SIG in order to reflect the evolving way that we approach therapeutics in older people.
A Poet’s-Eye-View of Illness, Recovery and Rehabilitation
So runs the refrain in ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen, a classic so many of us have enjoyed with our children.
Greening the NHS: Where do I Start?
There’s a wave of excitement sweeping through my Zooms. More and more of us in the NHS are hungry for advice about how to reduce our carbon footprint, but many of us just don’t know where to start.
Enhanced Health in Care Homes: How is it for you?
Those of us working a lot with care homes have been involved in implementing the Enhanced Health in Care Homes Directed Enhanced Service (EHCH DES) that came into effect last year.
The challenges and opportunities of COVID-19 for research in care homes
When my team received National Institute for Health Research funding for ‘Understanding stakeholders’ perspectives on implementing deprescribing in care homes’ (or STOPPING) study in 2019, we were looking forward to 2020.
Don’t ask, don’t tell: Silence in the medical encounter when sexual problems, ageing, and health conditions meet
Evidence shows that high numbers of women and men aged 50+ have a sexual problem caused by a health condition or the medications taken to manage it, but that they do not always seek help.
A review of ‘Emergence’
I was delighted and intrigued when I first heard about Emergence, an anthology of prose and poetry related to ageing, all nominated by clinicians working with older adults in Ireland.
Frailty predicts adverse outcomes in older adults admitted with trauma
Trauma is becoming a geriatric specialty, with the majority of major trauma admissions now adults over 65 years. Injury severity in these older adults is comparable to that of younger patients, yet mortality is far higher.