Autumn Meeting 2019

Wed 06 - Fri 08 November 2019
The BGS Autumn meeting will cover the latest scientific research and the best clinical practice in care of older people. Our ageing population is stimulating extensive NHS service redesign to deal with the challenge of caring for larger numbers of older people both in and out of hospitals. This conference will cover core areas of interest to all specialists responsible for the health care of older people.

Who should attend:

  •     Consultants & specialist doctors in geriatric medicine
  •     Researchers in geriatric medicine
  •     Doctors training in related specialties
  •     GPs wsi in Older People and GP trainees
  •     Nurses and allied health professionals
  •     Core medical trainees considering a career in geriatric medicine

Why participate:

  •     Understand more on the key areas & challenges faced in geriatric medicine  
  •     Hear focused presentations on core areas of the geriatric medicine
  •     Present the latest scientific research to British Geriatrics Society members and elected officers
  •     Attend small group workshop sessions
  •     Network & socialise with other healthcare professionals over 3 days

Plenary sessions on:


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 the Curve.  We recommend that you book accommodation early to ensure you access the best hotel options and lowest rates. 

Book your accommodation for the BGS Autumn 2019 Meeting now

Hotel bookings for British Geriatrics Society Autumn 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

    Evening Reception Day 2 Thursday 18.30 - 22.30

    Evening Reception Ticket £35
    Evening Reception ticket + guest dinner ticket £70

    18.30 Conference evening reception, The Crystal London

    The conference evening reception will commence at 18.30 with a short drink reception. It will be followed by a light finger food buffet, entertainment, music, and dancing. The evening reception will provide attendees with opportunities to network with colleagues in an informal way. The interactive entertainment is designed to act as icebreaker to encourage attendees to mingle and meet new colleagues. The dress code is smart casual.

    I will not attend the evening reception

    Drinks reception Day 1 - Wednesday 18.00 - 19.00

    Drinks reception

    ExCel Platinum Suite Level 2

    Open to delegates who have indicated their attendance during registration

    Walking Tour
    None of the above

    Day 1 Session 1 9.30 - 11.00

    Community Geriatric Medicine The emergency services

    09:30 Fire Services – Hampshire

    Mr Rob Cole, Head of service: Community Safety and Nigel Cooper, Group manager, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

    10:00 Ambulance Service

    Prof Pip Logan, Professor of rehabilitation research, University of Nottingham

    10:30 Police Service

    Speaker Tbc


    09:30 Anaemia in the Older Population – how big is the problem?

    Prof Dan Lasserson, Professor of ambulatory care, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham and OPAL service, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

    10:00 Anaemia and GI Tract

    Dr Rupert Negus, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Free Hospital

    10:30 Anaemia and Renal Disease

    Prof Edwina Brown, Professor of renal medicine, Imperial College London and consultant nephrologist, Hammersmith Hospital

    Day 1 Session 2 11.30 - 13.00

    Community Geriatric Medicine MDT working

    11.30 Achieving system wide change at the interface between health and social care – lessons from the PEACH study

    Dr Adam Gordon, Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine of Older People, University of Nottingham

    12.00 Professional carers- an invaluable resource in geriatric care

    Ms Karolina Gerlich, Founding director, National Association of Care & Support Workers

    12.30 AGILE

    Speaker Tbc


    11.30 Anaemia and Bone Marrow

    Dr Simona Deplano, Consultant haematologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

    12.00 Patient Blood Management

    Prof Mike Murphy, Professor of Blood Transfusion Medicine, University of Oxford

    12.30 Q&A

    12.45 SIG Business meeting

    Day 1 Session 3 14.00 - 15.30

    Community Geriatric Medicine GeriGPs

    14.00 Primary Care on the Frontline: Right Care Right Place. How multi-professional working improved staff and patient experience at the same time as preventing unnecessary ED attendances

    Dr Lyann Gross, General Practitioner, James Wigg Group Practice

    14.30 Why should GPs use data to identify frail older patients and what then?

    Dr Eva Kalmus, General Practitioner, New Epsom and Ewell Community Hospital

    15.00 A GPs approach to Quality End of Life Care in Care Homes

    Dr Maggie Keeble, General Practitioner wSI Older, PeopleWorcestershire Health and Care Trust

    Heart Failure

    14.00 Interpretation of heart monitoring-who needs a pacemaker?

    Dr Derek Connelly, Consultant Cardiologist, Golden Jubilee National Hospital

    14.30 When is a fall not a fall? Multidisciplinary management of syncope

    Dr Lara Mitchell, Consultant Geriatrician, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

    15.00 Acute Coronary Syndrome or troponinitis? A rational approach to management

    Dr Iqbal Malik, Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Lead for Structural Heart Disease, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

    Day 1 Session 4 16.00 - 17.00

    Community Geriatric Medicine

    16.00 Vanguard Case Study: Tower Hamlett Together

    Dr Claire Dow, Community geriatrician, Barts

    Heart Failure

    16.00 How do you optimise heart failure therapy in older patients?

    Dr John Baxter, Consultant geriatrician, Sunderland Royal Hospital

    16.30 How do we train the hearth failure team of tomorrow?

    Prof Theresa McDonagh, Professor of hearth failure and consultant cardiologist, King's College London

    Day 1 Symposium 17.00 - 18.00

    Sponsored Symposium Ferring Pharmaeuticals

    A Debate: Shifting the paradigm for managing Nocturia due to

    Nocturnal Polyuria - where should the focus be?

    Chaired by Susie Orme. Speakers: Mr Dudley Robinson, Consultant Urogynaecologist, Kings College Hospital London; Dr Sanjay Suman Consultant Geriatrician, Medway Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Jonathan Rees, General Practitioner Nailsea, Bristol, and Chair of the Primary Care Urology Society; and Mr Nimalan Arumainayagam, Consultant Urologist, Ashford and St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Day 2 Session 1 9.00 - 10.30

    Session B AAGM Symposium

    09.00 HoW-CGA – an overview

    09.05 Current care provision – a UK survey

    09.20 Identifying frailty in acute hospitals using routine data

    09.45 Formative evaluation of the HoW-CGA toolkit – taking CGA hospital wide?

    Prof Graham Martin, Director of research, THIS Institute, University of Cambridge and professor of health organisation and policy, University of Leicester

    10.10 HoW-CGA – next steps

    Prof Helen Roberts, Professor of medicine for older

    people, University of Southampton and Prof Simon Conroy, Professor of geriatric medicine, University of Leicester

    Session C Bereavement

    9.00 Bereavement in older age

    Dame Barbara Monroe, Trustee Marie Curie, Special Commissioner Royal Hospital, Chelsea and Trustee Compassion in Dying

    09.45 Information on counselling – how can HCP recognize and offer counselling

    Ms Letizia Perna-Forrest, Head of Patient and Family Support, Royal Trinity Hospice and Vice Chair, Association of Bereavement Service Coordinators

    10.05 Bereavement in older men: delivering practical and emotional support

    Ms Janet Morrison, Chief Executive, Independent Age

    Day 2 Session 2 12.00 - 13.00

    Session D Comprehensive geriatric assessment

    12.00 How to undertake CGA in the community

    Dr Claire Dow, Community geriatrician, Barts

    12.30 CGA – What's so Comprehensive about Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment?

    Dr Naomi Fox, Consultant, Poole Hospital

    Session E Trainee's Session

    12:00 Geriatric medicine training in the UK

    Dr Zoe Wyrko, Associate medical director and consultant physician, University Hospital Birmingham

    12:30 Trainees update and trainees' council election

    Day 2 Session 3 14.00 - 15.00

    Session F Rheumatology

    14.00 Back pain in older people

    Mr Julian Leong, Consultant spinal surgeon and honorary senior lecturer, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

    14.30 Biologics and inflammatory arthritis

    Dr Christopher Holroyd, Consultant rheumatologist, University of Southampton

    Session G Dilemmas in clinically assisted nutrition and hydration
    Workshop Urodynamics

    Ms Angela Rantell, Lead nurse urogynaecology & nurse cystoscopis, Kings College Hospital and Mr Dudley Robinson, Kings College Hospital

    Day 2 Guest Lecture 15.30 - 16.30

    Guest Lecture New thinking on the measurement and monitoring of healthy ageing

    Dr John Beard, Director Ageing and Life Course Department, World Health Organisation

    Day 2 Symposium 16.30 - 17.30

    Sponsored Symposium Bial

    Day 3 Run 07.00 - 08.00


    Day 3 Symposium 8.00 - 9.00

    Sponsored Symposium AbbVie

    Panel discussion: Optimising patient outcomes in advanced Parkinson’s disease. Why? When? How?

    AbbVie invite you to an interactive symposium where you will have the chance to ask your questions to leading specialists in the field of complex Parkinson’s disease.

    Day 3 Session 1 9.00 - 10.30

    Session J Neurology

    09.00 Multiple Sclerosis - making progress through trials

    Dr Jeremy Chataway, Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery/UCLH

    09.45 Platform presentations

    Session I Sarcopenia and Frailty - Research into Practice

    09.00 New developments in sarcopenia: findings from the second European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP)

    Dr Alfonso Cruz-Jentoft, Head of geriatric department, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal

    09.30 A life course approach to sarcopenia: informing future interventions

    Dr Richard Dodds, Intermediate clinical fellow, Newcastle University and honorary consultant, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    09.45 Managing hypertension in older people with frailty - lessons from the literature

    Mr Oliver Todd, Dunhill Medical Trust doctoral research fellow, University of Leeds and Bradford Royal Infirmary

    10.00 Results of the SIG sarcopenia and frailty survey + next steps for the SIG

    Dr Miles D. Witham, Professor of Trials for Older People, Newcastle University

    10.20 SIG Annual General Meeting

    Dr Miles D. Witham, Professor of Trials for Older People, Newcastle University and Prof Avan Sayer, Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Newcastle University

    Clinical effectiveness Platform presentations

    09.00 BGS rising star award for clinical quality presentation

    Dr Ruth Law, Consultant in care of older people and clinical lead, Integrated Community Ageing Team (ICAT)

    9.15 Platform presentations

    Day 3 Session 2 11.00 - 12.30

    Session L Research platforms

    11.00 Platform presentations

    Session M Perioperative Medicine

    11.00 POPS OOPE, developing the future workforce

    Dr Magda Sbai and Dr Cathryn Mainwaring, POPS clinical fellows, GSTT

    11.30 Perioperative management of diabetes

    Dr Tess O’Halloran, POPS Registrar GSTT

    11.50 Can POPS work at a district general hospital?

    Dr Catherine Meliak, POPS Consultant, Darent Valley Hospital

    12.20 Platform presentation

    Workshop Vascular disease

    Aortic Disease in Older People

    Ms Meryl Davis, Consultant vascular surgeon, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

    Day 3 Trevor Howell Guest Lecture 12.30 - 13.30

    Trevor Howell Guest Lecture Intrinsic ageing – clinically important but often ignored

    Prof David Stott, Professor - David Cargill Chair of Geriatric Medicine, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Science, University of Glasgow

    Day 3 Symposium 13.30 - 14.30

    Sponsored Symposium Profile Pharma Ltd

    ‘Managing Parkinson’s Disease across the Spectrum’

    Interactive case studies

    Room 5/6/7 Level 2 of the Platinum Suite, ExCel, London, 1.30pm – 2.30pm Friday 16th November

    A one hour symposium focussing on a series of three complex interactive Parkinson’s Disease case studies using interactive voting

    Day 3 Session 4 14.30 - 16.00

    Session N Movement disorders

    14.30 Using vision to understand dementia in Parkinson’s disease

    Ms Rimona Weil, Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellow, UCL

    15:00 Driving with Parkinson’s Disease

    Ms Helen Mann, Occupational Therapist, Driving and Mobility

    15.30 Palliative Care in PD

    Dr Ed Richfield, Consultant geriatrician, North Bristol NHS Trust