19th International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability 2018

Fri 14 September 2018
This meeting has applied for 6 credits of CPD accreditation from the Royal College Of Physicians (RCP)
This annual event is widely recognised as the leading meeting in the UK for clinicians working in the field of falls and mobility medicine. The day provides a forum for scientific discussion and clinical updates and enables a multidisciplinary audience of over 200 professionals to share their experiences of best clinical practice.

Who should attend:

  • Consultants and Professors of Geriatric Medicine
  • Specialty Doctors
  • Specialist Registrars (StRs) in Geriatric Medicine and related specialties
  • Nurse Consultants, Nurse Specialists and Advanced Nurse Practitioners
  • GPs and GP Trainees
  • Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Allied Health Professionals
  • Researchers into ageing and age-related conditions
  • Core Medical Trainees and Foundation Year Doctors
  • Medical Students

Why participate:

  • Further attendee’s overall knowledge and understanding of current research and practice in healthcare of older people in core and difficult areas
  • Improve attendee’s skills in the treatment and care of older people
  • Inspire attendees to achieve personal excellence in healthcare of older people
  • Take away new activities and ideas to progress their workplace’s services

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Daniel Macintyre, Public Health England
  • Dr. Andy Clegg, University of Leeds
  • Dr. Lotta Seppala, University of Amsterdam
  • Professor Steve Parry, University of Newcastle
  • Professor Nick Harvey, University of Southampton
  • Dr. Ditte Jepsen, University of Southern Denmark

Topics include:

  • Falls and Fractures consensus statement
  • Prevention of Fall Injury Trial (Pre-FIT)
  • Systematic Review on Drugs that increase falls risk
  • Frailty in falls assessment and management
  • Novel approaches to osteoporosis risk assessment and treatment
  • Body vibration intervention

Cost to attend

  BGS Member
Day Fee (inc VAT)
Day Fee (Inc VAT)
Consultant / GP £200


SAS Grade / StR / GP Trainee £160 £200
Nurse £130 £150
Allied Health Professional £130 £150
Retired £130 £150
CMT / Foundation Year Doctor £130 £150
Medical Student £130 £150
Corporate Representative £255 £255


Abstract Book

Abstracts submitted to the 19th International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability


  • Session overview

    Session 1 9:25 - 11:00

    Session 1 Chairs: Dr Celia Gregson and Dr Ruma Dutta

    9:25 Chair's Introduction

    9.30 Falls and Fractures consensus statement - opportunities and challenges

    Dr Daniel MacIntyre, Public Health England

    10.00 Results of the Prevention of Fall Injury Trial (Pre-FIT)

    Dr Julie Bruce, Professorial Fellow, University of Warwick

    10.30 Systematic review on drugs that increase falls risk

    Dr Lotta Seppälä, PhD student, University of Amsterdam

    Stream B

    Session 2 11:30 - 12:30

    Session 2 The Great Debate Chair: Prof Tahir Masud

    Motion: The frailty concept is a useful construct in falls assessment and management

    For the motion: Dr Andrew Clegg, Clinical senior lecturer and honorary consultant geriatrician, University of Leeds

    Against the motion: Prof Steve Parry, Clinical director for the medical directorate, Royal Victoria Infirmary

    Stream B

    Session 3 13:30 - 14:30

    Session 3 Platform Presentations Chairs: Dr Rob Morris and Dr Julie Whitney

    Six selected oral presentations from submitted abstracts

    Stream B

    Session 4 14:30 - 15:30

    Workshop 1: Medication and Falls

    Dr Nathalie Van Der Velde,

    Head of section geriatric

    medicine, Academic

    medical centre, University

    of Amsterdam and Prof

    Katarzyna Szczerbińska, Head

    of unit for research on aging

    society, Jagiellonian University

    Medical College Poland

    Workshop 2: Physiotherapy Hip Fracture SPRINT Audit

    Facilitator: Dr Terence Ong

    Dr Antony Johansen, Clinical

    lead for the National Hip

    Fracture Database, Royal

    College of Physicians

    Workshop 3: Falls prevention RCTS - do we have enough?

    Dr Sallie Lamb and Dr

    John Davison, Consultant

    physician & associate clinical

    lecturer, Newcastle upon Tyne

    Hospitals NHS Foundation


    Workshop 4: Visual Assessment in Fallers

    Dr Jigs Mehta and Prof

    Dawn Skelton, Professor of

    ageing and health, Glasgow

    Caledonian University

    Session 5 16:00 - 17:00

    Session 5 Chairs: Dr Jane Youde

    16.00 Novel approaches to osteoporosis risk assessment and treatment: The SCOOP trial

    Prof Nick Harvey, Professor of rheumatology and clinical epidemiology, University of Southampton

    16.30 Can whole body vibration intervention reduce falls or fractures? - a Systematic Review

    Dr Ditte Beck Jepsen, MD PhD.student, University of Southern Denmark

    Stream V