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.
We have an exciting range of guest bloggers and welcome news and commentary on geriatric medicine from all those working in the field of geriatric medicine. Read our guidelines on submitting a blog for more details.
All content is moderated by the blog editor. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily the British Geriatrics Society.
Welcome to our new BGS officers!
The BGS Autumn Meeting 2021 marks the beginning of the term of office for a number of new BGS officers. We are incredibly grateful for the energy and commitment that all our officers bring to their roles.
Leading through a pandemic: Amplifying the voice of Nurses and AHPs in the BGS and beyond
Outgoing Chair and Deputy Chair of the BGS Nurses and AHPs Council reflect on the past two years and celebrate the contibutions of the Council during the pandemic.
Timely Discharge Series: Rethinking rehab
This is the sixth blog in the BGS’s ‘Timely Discharge’ series. We aim to raise awareness of the detrimental effects on older people of being stuck in hospital when they are 'medically fit for discharge'. Our blog series explores the causes of delayed discharges, the knock-on effects to the wider health and social care system, and what needs to change.
Vaccines bring hope – now we need to address the psychological impact of the pandemic
As we come up to a year since COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and ‘normal’ life as we knew it was halted, BGS President Dr Jennifer Burns reflects on what has happened over the past year.
#Geribookclub’s Third Meeting: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
On January 12th our online book club gathered once again from the comfort of their own sofas to discuss Richard Osman’s first novel and recent bestseller, The Thursday Murder Club.
The Nurse and Allied Health Professional Council Lunchtime Conference Event
Lucy Lewis, Chair of the Council, opened the conference’s online lunchtime session with a welcome to all. This is the second year the NAHP Council committee has brought together the wider Council membership at the BGS Autumn Meeting 2020 to meet the Committee representing them and to provide an opportunity to listen and engage and to hear what is important to them.
Take a breath: a personal view on care home visiting
I have been a nurse since 1986, mainly working in end of life or dementia care. I have had a variety of roles in the hospital, care home, community and hospice settings. I have been a family carer (alongside my brother and sister) since 2002.
The Florence Nightingale Foundation Travel Scholarship: Igniting leaders and fuelling potential
Lister House Care Home nestles against the beautiful North Yorkshire landscape, just on the outskirts of the historic small city of Ripon.
International Nurses Day 2020: How are nurses impacting older adult healthcare during COVID-19?
Interprofessional Learning in Care of Older People: more than the sum of its parts!
We are only as good as the sum of our parts – person-centred care for older people with complex needs is not the task of any profession alone.
How do we recognise and act upon the duality of being a family caregiver and clinician?
In 2018, as part of a Florence Nightingale Foundation travel scholarship, I spent over a month visiting the islands of Ireland and New Zealand. I went to find out more about advance care planning, hospice research activity, knowledge mobilisation and models of care for people living with dementia.
Supporting social care and the funding it urgently needs
While integrated care is being discussed, Lucy Lewis, consultant practitioner trainee specialising in frailty and older people at Health Education England (Wessex), gives some startling figures that reinforce the value of social care systems and the call for increased funding.
International Nurses Day: Presence, not presents
In the context of the multidisciplinary team it can feel awkward to single out any one profession for praise - but nurses offer unique and valuable skills, writes Dawne Garrett.
The essential need to educate all about age and ageing
The population is ageing and more and more professionals are required to work with older people wherever that may be; in specialist services, primary care, care homes, acute surgery or in an emergency department and everywhere.
New guidelines for recognising and assessing pain in older adults
New recommendations to help healthcare professionals recognise and assess levels of pain in older people were published today in the scientific journal Age and Ageing. The guidelines were developed by the British Geriatrics Society, the British Pain Society, the Royal College of Nursing and others.