21st International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability

Fri 25 September 2020
This meeting has applied for credits of CPD accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
This event is intended for clinicians and healthcare professionals working with older people in acute and community settings. The day will include keynote presentations from experts in the field, workshops and plenary sessions demonstrating best practice approaches available. We hope you will make contacts and start collaborations which will continue on from this meeting.

Submit your abstract here

Please submit your original research and clinical quality studies for consideration for presentation as a poster or as a platform presentation. The authors do not need to be BGS members to participate. Closing date 1st July 2020. If you have any questions about submitting an abstract see here for guidance. If there are any issues submitting please contact abstracts@bgs.org.uk 

BGS Meetings from September 2020

The BGS plans to resume meetings from September 2020. We encourage delegates to register in advance if they plan to attend. Joining the conference via a livestream and Slido is available now. To follow government guidance and Public Health England recommendations, we will be flexible delivering the meetings.

We want to minimise risk to those looking after the health of older people. To protect attendees or follow the evolving guidance, we can move to this to a virtual event if needed. If this occurs, we want to reassure you that we will contact registered delegates in advance. You will be able to amend your registration or get a refund. Further details will available shortly and updated here. You can use the BGS App to manage your registration (Android here and iOS here) on tablets as well as phones

Did you know that there is a library of past event recordings online here (freely accessible to BGS members)

Who should attend:

The meeting will be of benefit to all healthcare professionals involved in falls and mobility medicine, geriatric medicine and healthcare of older people:

  • 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

Conference aims:

  • 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 personnel excellence in healthcare of older people
  • Take away new activities and ideas to progress their workplace’s services

Cost to attend


Fee (inc VAT)

 Fee (Inc VAT)
Consultant / GP £100 £140
SAS Grade / StR / GP Trainee £80 £112
Nurse £60 £84
Allied Health Professional £60 £84
Retired £40 £56
CMT / Foundation Year Doctor £60 £84
Medical Student £40 £56



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

Book your accommodation for the 21st International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability now.

Hotel bookings for British Geriatrics Society Spring 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.

  • Session overview

    Session 1 9.30-11.00

    Session 1

    9.30 Keynote: The muscle failure concept

    Dr Charlotte Suetta, Clinical professor, Geriatric department, Bispebjerg Hospital Copenhagen University

    10.00 How to treat a hypertensive patient with orthostatic hypotension

    Dr James Frith, Clinical senior lecturer, Newcastle University

    10.30 Improving adherence to falls prevention interventions

    Prof Chris Todd, Professor of primary care and community health, University of Manchester

    Session 2 11.30-12.30

    Session 2

    11.30 Falls and major trauma: where are we now?

    Dr George Peck, Consultant physician and geriatrician, St Mary’s Hospital

    12.00 Update on vertebral, pelvic and sacral fractures following a fall

    Prof Opinder Sahota, Consultant geriatrician, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

    Session 3 13.30 - 14.30

    Session 3 - Platform presentations

    Platform presentations selected from submitted abstracts

    Submit your abstract online at http://www.bgs.org.uk/abstract-submission before 14th August 2020 5pm

    Session 4 Workshops 14.30-15.30

    Workshop 1: Trauma after falls: pragmatic tips for more than hips

    Dr Emily Fielding, Consultant physician and geriatrician, Salford Royal and Dr George Peck, Consultant physician and geriatrician, St Mary’s Hospital

    Workshop 2: Rapid response falls service

    Mr James Gough, Paramedic and project lead, Falls Response Service, Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Mr Grzegorz Drozdz, Trust falls lead practitioner and senior specialist physiotherapist, University College London Hospital

    Workshop 3: Falls and quality improvement

    Dr Celia Gregson, Consultant geriatrician and consultant senior lecturer, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Julie Whitney, Consultant practitioner in gerontology, Kings College Hospital

    Workshop 4: Footwear and falls

    Brian O’Rouke and Dr James Frith, Clinical senior lecturer, Newcastle University

    Session 5 16.00 - 17.00

    Session 5

    16.00 The current evidence for Tai Chi in falls prevention

    Dr Samuel Nyman, Principal academic in psychology, Bournemouth University

    16.30 The guide to action tool in reducing falls in care homes: The Falls IN Care Homes (FinCH) trial

    Dr Jane Horne, Research fellow and occupational therapist,University of Nottingham