The BGS Spring 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 into Ageing and Age Related Conditions 
  •     Doctors training in related specialties
  •     GPs with an Extended Role in Older People and GP trainees
  •     Nurses and allied health professionals
    •     Advanced and Specialist practitioners
    •     Consultant Practitioners/Consultant Nurses
  •     Internal Medicine Trainees  (especially those considering a career in geriatric medicine)
  •     Medical, Nursing, Allied Health professional students

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

Cost to attend

  BGS Member
Full meeting (inc. VAT)
BGS Member
Day Fee (inc. VAT)
Full meeting (inc. VAT)
Day Fee (inc. VAT)
Senior Doctors – Post CCT or CESR CP Professions £380


£532 £196

Pre CCT or CESR CP Professions

£195 £80 £273 £112

Healthcare professionals (Nurses, Physiotherapists, Researchers)

£195 £80 £273 £112
Retired member/ Student/ Foundation Year £140 £60 £158 £79
Corporate Representatives £380 £140 £532 £196
Conference Reception on Thursday Evening
All tickets cost £35

*There is a 10% earlybird discount before 1st January 2020.


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

Book your accommodation for the BGS Spring Meeting 2020 now

Hotel bookings for British Geriatrics Society Meetings 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.


Some answers to commonly asked questions

How can I register?

Registrations are still being accepted online until the day of the meeting. Please click the button at the top right-hand side of this page.

Please log into your BGS online account or create an account to register for the event.

Members will need to be logged into their current membership account in order to receive their membership discount. Please check this before registering.

There is an automatic earlybird discount of 10% if you register before 1st January 2020

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.

Calling medical students to volunteer

Calling all Medical Students - Volunteers required for Geriatric Medicine Conference in Manchester 1-3 April 2020.

We are looking for up to 10 volunteer Medical Students for each day of the meeting, who are interested in or considering a career in Geriatric Medicine, to assist in the daily running of the event.

Interested candidates should email registrations [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk with their interest to support, information on which dates they can attend and an idea of how much their travel and accommodation might be.


The meetings run from Wednesday 09.00 until Friday 16.30. Responsibilities will include assisting with registration, greeting & directing attendees to key points, providing microphone support during Q & A sessions in presentations. Other duties may be expected in addition to these key activities.


Contact with current geriatric healthcare professionals, reasonable travel costs reimbursed & subsistence at the event.

Certificate of contribution for CV/portfolio

Contact details

registrations [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk or Julie Gaudreau on (+44) 0203 7476940.

Nurses and AHP session Friday lunchtime

The Nurses and AHPs Council welcomes any nurses or AHPs to attend a lunchtime meeting to hear about the work of the council and meet with like-minded colleagues. There will be a short presentation followed by an opportunity to talk informally with other clinicians about the BGS’s work and learn how you can become more involved with improving healthcare for older people.

What is the Trainees Session?

This session is organised by the Trainees' Council for those in training grades. All registrars, clinical fellows, IMT/CMT and foundation year doctors are invited to attend. There will be educational presentations as well as an update from trainees' council, and results of the recent elections for officer posts.

What is the President's Poster Round?

These are the top ten abstracts. They are viewed at the first break of the Thursday of the meeting by the President and one or two other senior researchers (including the VP of Research and academic development, and Age and Ageing abstract editor) depending upon their availability. 

The posters are displayed and labelled as the Presidents Round on poster boards. The President and the team will then walk around each poster with a microphone and ask the authors/presenters questions on their poster to explain to the audience. Each set of questions takes about three minutes and the process is one of support and encouragement. 

What is the evening reception?

A major part of the BGS Annual Meetings, the evening reception will allow delegates to network, relax and enjoy over drinks and a light meal. This year's conference evening reception has something for everyone - conference delegates as well as their friends and partners alike! The evening will commence at 18.30 with a short drinks reception and welcome speeches from the President and local hosts. This will be followed by a meal and entertainment for the adventurous. 

Prepaid tickets are required. Tickets are £35 and include 2 drinks per person and a meal. Purchase ticket during your registration. If you are already registered for the educational session and wish to join the dinner, email conferences [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk to purchase your ticket(s).

Asking questions - using Slido

Audience members will be able to submit questions to the chair throughout the meeting for consideration at the end of each presentation. Some speakers may use this for interactive polls. We also have an ideas feature for you to submit information to the conference organisers for improvements and topics.  For an overview of the system please see

Post-event resources

We have started uploading the presentation slides and sometimes video recordings from the conference onto the BGS website.  This is subject to receiving consent from the speakers and takes time to compile and upload.

Only BGS members and delegates can access the slides so you will need to log into your account to access the presentations. Your account is linked with the email address you've provided during registration or with your membership email address if you are a member of the society.

If you cannot remember your password, you can reset it at any time. Any issues, please contact membership [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk.

Visit the resources page to access these presentations 3 - 4 weeks after the meeting. Type the meeting title in the search tool if you cannot see the presentations. We also email all delegates when the slides are uploaded.

How many hours of external CPD will I get?

This meeting has applied for external CPD from the RCP (London) and will carry 18 hours  for the whole meeting (6 per day).

In order to receive your CPD certificate please ensure you scan your badge each day you are attending.

Certificates will be emailed after the meeting and record days attended based on your entry scans.


If you have already registered and can no longer attend the meeting, please check our terms and conditions here

Cancellations made within 7 days of booking, unless within two weeks of the meeting, will be refunded. Cancellations made after 7 days of booking incur a cancellation fee. Cancellations within two weeks of the meeting are not refundable.

Where can I find my invoice receipt or CPD certificate?

Invoices or Receipts are attached to your confirmation email. Certificates are issued after the last day of the meeting and again emailed. You can also access these documents online via your BGS website account. To do so visit and login. Then click My events and certificates, navigate to the event attended and click on Invoice for your invoice, or if paid, this will function as your receipt. Your CPD certificate will be accessible under Certificate.

  • Session overview

    Day 1 Session 1 9.30 - 11.00

    Dementia and Related Disorders SIG

    Whats it really like being in hospital?

    09:30 Introduction: Alistair Burns

    10:00 - What’s it really like being in hospital, carer story-Gail Bowker

    10:30 Caring about Care - Improving the Experience of Care for People with Dementia in Hospital Jo Thompson Coon

    GI and Nutrition SIG

    09.30 Introduction to the SIG, overview of the day ahead.


    Prevention and root cause treatment of chronic diseases

    Dr Sue Kenneally, GP specialty

    10.20 Nutritional influences on cancer development

    Dr Shireen Kassam, Consultant Haematologist

    Day 1 Session 2 11.30 - 13.00

    Dementia and Related Disorders SIG National policy and role of digital

    11.30 NICE guidelines, what do they mean for the geriatrician?

    Louise Allan

    12.00 What’s new nationally (including ONS data and PHE fingertips tool)

    Alistair Burns

    12.30 Global Digital Exemplars and Longitudinal Health Care Records - using data to transform care

    Emma Vardy

    GI and Nutrition SIG

    11.30 Nutrition in older people – Wessex AHSN study findings and next steps

    Ann-Marie Aburrow Wessex, AHSN

    12.00 New horizons in nutrition in older people

    Dr Trevor Smith

    Day 1 Symposium 13.00 - 14.00

    Yes, attending lunchtime Symposium
    No, not attending Symposium

    Day 1 Session 3 14.00 - 15.00

    Dementia and Related Disorders SIG

    End of life

    14.00 Advanced care planning

    Louise Butler

    14.20 Palliative care

    Liz Sampson

    14.40 Bereavement

    Fiona Murphy

    GI and Nutrition SIG

    14.00 Faecal transplant for C diff infection & update on the lack of efficacy of fidaxomicin in recurrent CDI.

    Professor Peter M Hawkey, Professor of Clinical and Public Health Bacteriology, Institute of Microbiology and Infection, University of Birmingham

    14.45 Discussion

    Day 1 Session 4 15.30 - 16.30

    Dementia and Related Disorders SIG

    15.30 Dementia and cancer

    Loraine Burgess

    16.00 Dementia care mapping


    GI and Nutrition SIG

    15.30 The gut microbiome in health and disease

    Dr Alan Desmond, Consultant Gastroenterologist

    16.00 Nutrition and Dementia

    Prof Jane Murphy, Professor of nutrition, Bournemouth University

    Day 1 Symposium 16.30 - 17.30

    16.30 Yes, attending the sponsored symposium
    16.30 No, not attending the sponsored symposium

    Day 2 Run 07.00 - 08.00


    Day 2 9.00 - 10.30

    Session A Association of Academic Geriatric Medicine (AAGM) symposium

    Involvement of older people in clinical trials

    Session B Ageing Well with good oral health

    What good oral health looks like, covering how healthcare professionals can make a difference and coordinate with oral health specialists and MDT. There will be specific examples about how to access dental care and how poor oral health can be linked to frailty and pneumonia

    AGILE Fracture Liaison Osteoporosis

    Day 2 12.00 - 13.00

    Session C Research Sessions

    Platform presentations selected from submitted abstracts

    Session D Peer Review Workshop

    Open to all interested in learning more about the peer review process. Facilitators will include seasoned academics to share their personal experiences of peer reviewing, as well dos and don’ts

    AGILE Strength and Balance

    Day 2 Symposium 13.00 - 14.00

    Sponsored symposium

    Day 2 14.00 - 15.00

    Session E Fitness to Drive

    14.00 DVLA guidance for HCPs

    14.20 New diagnoses of atrial fibrillation

    14.40 Identifying patients with concerns and communication

    Session F Biology of Ageing Bladder and Bowel Systems

    14.00 Normal bladder and urinary tract processes and the impact of ageing and age-related bladder diseases

    Dr Karen Guerrero, Honorary clinical senior lecturer, Glasgow University

    14.30 Neurological conditions and their impact on bladder functions?

    Dr Jailesh Panicker, National Hospital for Neurology in London

    AGILE Physical and Mental Health
    Workshop 1 Healthy Ageing and Health Promotion

    Derek T Barron, Director of Care, Erskine

    Professor Alistair Burns, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Univ. Manchester & National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health, NHS England/NHS Improvement

    Alison Smith, NHS Herts Valleys CCG

    Day 2 Guest Lecture 15.30 - 16.30

    Marjory Warren Guest Lecture

    Professor Cornel Sieber,

    Director of Department of Medicine

    Chief physician clinic for internal medicine

    Specialist in internal medicine

    Focus on geriatrics

    Kantonspitall Winterthur

    Day 2 Symposium 16.30 - 17.30

    Day 2 16.30 Sponsored Symposium


    Evening Reception Day 2 Thursday 18.30 - 22.30

    Evening Reception Ticket £35

    Manchester Museum

    18.30 - 22.00 Conference evening reception,

    The conference evening drink reception and dinner will commence at 18.30 with a short drink reception. It will be followed by a dinner. The dress code is smart casual.

    Evening Reception ticket + guest dinner ticket £70

    Manchester Museum 18.30 - 22.00 Conference evening reception, The conference evening drink reception and dinner will commence at 18.30 with a short drink reception. It will be followed by a dinner. The dress code is smart casual.

    I will not attend the evening reception

    Day 3 9.00 - 10.30

    Session G End of Life Care

    This session will include a clinical presentation on Delivering High-quality End of life care planning for older people as well as the launch of the End of Life Care Special Interest Group (EofLC SIG)

    Session H Clinical Quality Session

    Platform presentations from submitted abstracts

    Workshop 2 How to CGA

    This session will look at Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) for those not experienced in providing a CGA, or looking to embed it outside of the specialty

    It will cover the evidence base (or lack thereof) as well as several models

    - POPS model and GOLD

    - AFN/SCFN model

    - GEM model

    There will also be a panel discussion

    Day 3 11.00 - 12.30

    Session I Digital Health Enablers

    This session will be a discussion around models that exist and are provided, addressing pitfalls, looking at inequalities associated with Telehealth and how we might address them, as well as which scenarios are appropriate for providing Telehealth and which are not

    Session J Trainees Session

    This session is organised by the Trainees' Council for those in training grades. All registrars, clinical fellows, IMT/CMT and foundation year doctors are invited to attend.

    Day 3 Guest Lecture 12.30 - 13.30

    Guest Lecture

    Day 3 Lunch Sessions 13.30 - 14.30

    13.30 Sponsored symposia

    Lunch will be supplied for the session

    Nurses and AHPs Networking Lunch
    Lunch only

    I will not attend any other lunch time sessions

    Day 3 14.30 - 16.00

    Session J Falls and Syncope

    14.30 OH/ Cognition/ Balance

    14.50 Latest update in OH

    15.10 Is CSM still relevant in unexplained falls?

    15.30 Debate: Should we aim for tight BP control in older people?

    16.00 Q&A