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.
My Fellowship Journey: Doing What l Value
I have reached that point in my PhD when everyone is asking me me “when is your PhD ending?”. I’m about halfway through and I’m enjoying it. I’m not wishing it away just yet!
Addressing the shortage of care workers: What next?
Late last year, the BGS co-signed a letter to the Secretary of State calling for immediate action to relieve the crisis in social care. Now that care workers have been added to the UK's Shortage Occupation list, what are the next steps needed to address the social care shortage?
Improving the quality of care in care homes: What does the evidence tell us?
In this guest blog Candace Imison, from the NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination, speaks about a recently published Collection that brings together NIHR-funded research in care homes and asks how this research could be used to improve the quality of care.
Vlog: Celebrating care home skills
In this video blog, Mike Nicholson, an Edinburgh-based writer and social researcher, tells some of the real life stories of those living and working in care homes during the pandemic.
Timely Discharge Series: Right care, right time, right pathway
This is the ninth 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.
Timely Discharge Series: Where is homecare heading?
This is the seventh 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.
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.
Long Covid: An Age-old concept?
With over 69 million reported cases of COVID-19 worldwide, we have all experienced rapid and dramatic changes to our healthcare services over the last 12 months. Older people have been disproportionately affected by a greater severity of disease and mortality, detrimental psychological, cognitive and physical outcomes from necessary social distancing, as well as age discrimination.
BGS hosts five nation care home meeting
Chaired by BGS Past President Dr Eileen Burns, the five nation care home meeting gave participants an opportunity to share their experiences of managing COVID in care home settings and to compare what worked well and what didn’t.
BGS #geribookclub discusses 'Three Things About Elsie'
We were delighted to host our first BGS Book Club on Twitter on September 15th, using the #geribookclub hashtag.
Keeping contact alive during COVID-19
On the 20th March the usual discussion, laughter, sounds of people coming and going, and noises of normal life fell eerily silent. We had gone into a national state of ‘lock down’. I had always avoided using the phrase if we had needed to close our care home to visitors previously, but now it actually felt appropriate. We were locked down and locked in.
Falls in Care Homes: “Let’s go and invent tomorrow, instead of worrying about what happened yesterday….”
There has been a significant focus on UK care homes following COVID-19. Care homes have had to quickly adapt their working practices, to keep their residents and staff safe. Approximately 400,000 older people are currently living in UK care homes.