BGS Vacancy: Vice President, Workforce

11 July 2018
The Vice President: Workforce will take office on 1 January 2019 and is expected to serve for a three-year term.
Role Description

The Society has established a fourth Vice President position responsible for the strategic leadership of BGS’s work on workforce issues affecting its members from all relevant disciplines.

The VP will use his/her best endeavours to ensure that the Society, through its publications and electronic media, provides its members with every opportunity to keep up to date with relevant workforce developments and to provide those considering a career in the healthcare of older people to have the information they need to make informed choices. The VP will be responsible for ensuring the BGS captures and analyses all relevant UK workforce date and will provide expert input to inform policy initiatives and to guide the Trustee Board on workforce matters. S/he will work with the Vice President: Training and Education and the Education and Training Committee to ensure good coordination across BGS’s work on education/training and workforce matters. The VP will represent the BGS on the RCP’s Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) for Geriatric Medicine. S/he will work with the Honorary Secretary and the Policy and Communications Committee to instigate and/or inform any policy initiatives with workforce impact.
This is a voluntary, unpaid role, though travel costs and other expenses will be covered.
The anticipated time commitment is one half day a week, but this may vary according to the demands of the role.
The post holder will work with the Chief Executive to establish an Advisory Panel - meeting only as and when needed – through which to gain intelligence from ground level, share out the necessary work and provide stimulus and accountability. Although not a BGS trustee, the post holder will also be expected to attend and report to meetings of the Trustee Board which take place four times a year.

Role Purpose
  • To lead on the capture and analysis of workforce data relevant to BGS members and potential members of all disciplines, and arrange for regular updates to be published in BGS’s website at least every 6 months.
  • To lead on knowledge sharing on workforce issues, guiding the Trustee Board as required; coordinating well with the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians’ geriatrics Specialist Advisory Committee (JRCPTB SAC) and attending its meetings; attending and reporting to the BGS Education and Training Committee and the BGS Policy and Communications Committee, and ensuring that potential and existing members have access to accessible, timely and engaging information on relevant workforce issues.
  • To take a multi-disciplinary approach in line with BGS’s aspiration to appeal to a broader range of health professionals, mindful of the workforce information needs not just of geriatricians but GPs, nurses and allied health professionals.
  • Responsibilities (with scope for possible adjustment by discussion after appointment)
  • In collaboration with the Chief Executive, establish, chair and develop a BGS Workforce Advisory Panel
  • Oversee the capture and analysis of the best available workforce data relevant to the healthcare of older people across the UK
  • Attend the Trustee Board meetings and report and advise on matters relating to workforce
  • Liaise with trustees, BGS secretariat and other BGS member officers on matters of strategic importance relating to workforce
  • Keep potential members and members up to date on workforce issues through BGS’s communication channels, including producing an update for the website at at least 6-monthly intervals
  • Responsible (along with BGS staff) for developing and maintaining the Workforce areas of the BGS website
  • Advise on any other workforce materials the BGS may produce
  • Liaise with relevant external bodies and to build alliances with a view to raising standards workforce data
  • To represent BGS on the RCP’s SAC Geriatric Medicine.
Qualifications and experience
  • Comprehensive understanding of workforce issues relevant to the healthcare of older people
  • A good knowledge of medical education, CPD, and validation, and of the education an training of nurses and AHPs
  • Member of the BGS
  • Media training, or a willingness to undertake a refresher course, would be an advantage.
Desired characteristics
  • Has the time needed to fulfil the role
  • Strong Chairing and team leadership skills
  • Accessible, accountable and responsible
  • Ability to influence and determine key areas of policy
  • Open minded and flexible
  • Committed to collaboration
  • Able to motivate and support colleagues
  • Goal and target focused.

The VP: Workforce attends and reports to:

  • the BGS Trustee Board (4 meetings a year)
  • The JRCPTB SAC (3 meetings per year, in the morning, followed by….)
  • the BGS Education and Training Committee (3 meetings per year, in afternoon following the SAC meeting)
  • the BGS Policy and Communications Committee (4 meetings a year).

All these meetings take place in London.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the VP: Workforce role, please contact the BGS Office & Business Manager, Mark Stewart, on 020 7608 8575, 
Expressions of interest, in the form of a letter and short career summary should be emailed to the address below by the deadline. The letter should give a brief indication of how the candidate would approach the requirements of the role.
For an informal discussion with the existing VP: Workforce, Dr Zoe Wyrko, please contact Colin Nee at ceo [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk

The closing date for expressions of interest is midnight on the 30 September 2018. Email to committees [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk