20th International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability

Fri 20 September 2019
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

Call for abstracts

Submit an Abstract

Abstract submission


Abstracts are encouraged and will be accepted as platforms or posters to be displayed at the meeting. Click here to submit your abstract

Please read the instructions below before preparing your abstract.

Your abstract must include:

• A title

• Names of authors (presenting author to be underlined)

• Provenance (i.e. place of work)

• Contact details (including telephone number and email address) The abstract text should be no longer than 300 words and must be in English. Where possible, please use the four standard sub-headings of:

  • Introduction;
  • Method;
  • Results;
  • Conclusion(s).


Submission electronically

Please submit your abstract (prepared according to the general guidelines above) via the abstract system (opening soon)

All abstracts are considered by a scientific committee.

The results of adjudication (oral or poster presentation) will be notified to first named authors within two weeks of the closing date.

If you have any questions please call the abstracts manager on 0207 608 8574


Publication of results by 28th July 2019

Where can I find guidance on submitting an abstract?

For more details on preparing and submitting an abstract for a BGS meeting please see here


Here are some Frequently Asked Questions responses, particularly around family-friendly facilities.

What are the family friendly facilities?

We have introduced family-friendly space at this meeting that has access to live streams of the main session. During registration please indicate your intention to use this space. The space will be clearly marked on the floorplan, have access to toilets and catering facilities as normal for delegates. In the space will be some toys, books and games as well as a nappy bin.

Please note Not all venues can accommodate warming of food, have dedicated baby changing facilities and some may require you sign a waiver having brought your own food onsite.

We know its important to our changing workforce and we ask that you understand we work within the constraints that limit us.

We ask where possible that you are accompanied by a partner, family member or carer so you can attend the sessions. We won’t charge for partners to be present but we can’t guarantee you’ll be able to sit in the sessions with your child(ren) all the time. With access to the livestream and slido for questions we hope you can be as engaged as possible. We know this might not be adequate enough in all cases, and do ask for your understanding on this.

If you require further details please contact g [dot] collingridge [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk.


We have appointed BCD Meetings & Events as the official accommodation agency to support the conference.  BCD have a team of experts that can assist with individual or group requirements and will always ensure they secure the very best hotel rates conveniently located to etc.venues Prospero House.  We recommend that you book accommodation early to ensure you access the best hotel options and lowest rates. 

Book your accommodation for the BGS Falls and Postural Stability 2019 Meeting now

Hotel bookings for British Geriatrics Society Meeting are managed by BCD M&E and HotelMap. If you would like assistance with your hotel booking, you can contact Sarah, the dedicated hotel adviser for this event. Her email address is Sarah [at] bcdme [dot] com - Send your requirements and phone number and Sarah will get back to you with hotel options - You can also phone her, seven days a week, on +44 (0) 207 870 4100.

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


  • Session overview

    Session 1 9:25 - 11:00 1 Fractures, Cognition and Bladders

    Session 1 Fractures, Cognition and Bladders

    9.20 “20 years of the conference”

    Dr Rob Morris, Consultant Geriatrician, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

    9.30 “Lessons learnt from the Fracture Liaison Service Database”

    Dr Rachel Bradley, Consultant Geriatrician, University Bristol Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK

    10.00 “Innovations in technology and IT solutions for cognition in relation to falls ”

    Professor Eling de Bruin, Academic Physiotherapist, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

    10.30 “Falls and the Bladder”

    Dr William Gibson, Assistant Professor and Consultant Geriatrician, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

    Session 2 11:30 - 12:30 Sarcopenia update

    Session 2 Sarcopenia update

    11.30“Is Sarcopenia a useful Concept to consider in Fallers?”

    Professor Miles Witham, Professor of Trials for Older People, Newcastle University, UK

    12.00“Role of Nutrition and Exercise as Interventions for Sarcopenia in Fallers”

    Dr Caoileann Murphy, Postdoctoral Research Dietician, University College Dublin, Ireland

    Session 3 13:30 - 14:30 Platform presentations

    Session 3 Platform Presentations

    Six selected oral presentations from submitted abstracts

    Session 4 14:30 - 15:30 Parallel workshops

    Workshop 1 Orthogeriatric Developments

    Workshop 1: Orthogeriatric Developments” workshop

    • Dr Madhavi Vindlacheruvu, Consultant Orthogeriatrician, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK

    • Dr Terence Ong, Consultant Orthogeriatrician, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK

    Workshop 2: Reducing Falls in Hospital

    Reducing Falls in Hospital” workshop

    • Dr Julie Whitney, Academic Physiotherapist, Kings College Hospital, London, UK

    • Dr Rob Morris, Consultant Geriatrician, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust,UK

    Workshop 3: Assessment of Vertigo and Dizziness

    Assessment of Vertigo and Dizziness” workshop

    • Dr Mark Perera, Consultant Audiovestibular Physician, St George’s

    Hospital, London, UK

    • Dr Jonathan Treml, Consultant Geriatrician, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK

    Workshop 4: New Paradigms in Exercise Prescriptions in Frail Older Patients

    Workshop 4: “New Paradigms in Exercise Prescriptions in Frail Older Patients”

    • Professor Alvaro Casas Herrero, President of the Spanish Society of Geriatric Medicine, Pamplona, Spain

    • Professor Nicolas Martinez Velilla, Academic Geriatrician, Pamplona, Spain

    • Professor Dawn Skelton, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK

    Session 5 16:00 - 17:00 Gait Disorders and multi faceted interventions

    Session 5

    16.00 4.00 pm “Gait Disorders and Falls”

    Dr Emily Henderson, Academic Geriatrician, University of Bristol, UK

    16.30 “Can Multi-faceted Interventions Reduce Falls in the Cognitively Impaired ”

    Professor Pip Logan, Academic Occupational Therapist, University of Nottingham, UK