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.
Fostering attachment in dementia care
One of the most useful pieces of advice Matthew Berrisford can share with a colleague working in dementia care is this: whenever confronted with what you perceive to be attention-seeking behaviour, reframe it to yourself as attachment-seeking behaviour.
We must do more to ensure no-one misses out on rehab
Whenever Professor Karen Middleton sees the Rehab Matters film she knows that the fictional story depicted is playing out in real life in homes across the country. It cuts her deeply, as a physiotherapist, to hear how a lack of access to rehabilitation has changed a life.
Selfie with a centenarian!
Esther Clift interviews Dr A W Frankland, who was born the year the Titanic sank, still works, and exercises daily. She finds out what makes him tick, and why he wishes he'd advised an (in)famous patient to keep on smoking!
Some things in life are free!
BGS will now offer a FREE membership to all AHPs and nurses for the 1st year after qualifying from their pre-registration training. Cliff Kilgore explains more.
Kindness: the essential skill in supporting a dignified death
Sue Newsome supported her father during the last year of his life. In this second blog she shares her thoughts and feelings from a carer’s perspective. We published her first blog on this subject on 26 October 2016.
Multi-Professional healthcare… it’s in the name!
As the BGS celebrates 70 years of improving health care for older people, Cliff Kilgore's thoughts on one of the reasons it has been so successful.
Spring Speakers Series: denture loss
Mili Doshi, clinical lead for Mouth Care Matters, discusses the impact of denture loss. She will be speaking at BGS Spring Meeting 2017 in Gateshead.
Spring Speakers Series: why worry about mouthcare?
Sam Shah discusses the project exploring hydration, nutrition and mouthcare in hospital and community care settings in advance of his talk at the BGS Spring Meeting 2017. The project involves training staff and raising awareness to improve the quality of care, to help avoid admission and to support discharge.
Identifying frailty in hospital
Kenneth Rockwood looks at screening for frailty considers for a moment why anyone might object to screening for baseline frailty in patients who presented to A&E.
Who knows what the next 70 years will bring?
Liz Charalambous gives a personal opinion, reflecting on the seventieth anniversary of the BGS.
Arise, geriatricians of tomorrow! A specialty rising to meet the challenges of the modern NHS
Vicky Gibson's thoughts on the future of the profession of geriatric medicine and the Association for Elderly Medicine Education (AEME), founded in 2012, by a group of trainee geriatricians with the aim of improving elderly medicine education and promoting uptake into the specialty.
MAPLE-V: taking a collateral history for cognition
Rebecca Winter's passion includes teaching undergraduates and postgraduates within the multidisciplinary team about dementia care, after realising that many people often do not know what is meant by a collateral history for cognition and just how important the collateral is to making an underlying diagnosis of dementia.
Reflections on attending a research ethics committee meeting
Liz Charalambous is in the second year of a PhD researching volunteers in dementia and acute hospitals. Her project came about as part of her clinical work as a staff nurse in older person acute care. She describes her experience of dealing with the research ethics committee meeting.
Raising the status of care home nursing
Miriam Stanyon is a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham but also worked, until recently, as a care assistant in care homes. Here she talks about work to establish agreed competencies for Registered Nurses working in care homes.
Nursing documentation: mind the gap?
Research highlights the importance of nursing documentation for older patients in acute hospital settings. The research published in The Journal of Research in Nursing found that paperwork is time consuming, takes nurses away from caring for patients, and can be counterproductive to delivering good quality nursing care.
The Older Person’s Nurse Fellowship Conference 2016
This was the first year of the Older Person’s Nurse Fellowship (OPNF) conference, hosted by the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London, in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE). The conference brought together leading older persons’ nurse research and front-line nurse-led quality improvement initiatives undertaken by senior clinical nurses from the OPNF programme.