New Chair for BGS Community Geriatrics Special Interest Group

BGS is delighted to announce that Dr Shelagh O’Riordan is the new Chair of the BGS Community Geriatrics Special Interest Group.

Shelagh is a Consultant Community Geriatrician and Clinical Director for Frailty Services with Kent Community NHS Trust and is looking forward to taking the Special Interest Group forward.

Community Geriatrics deals with frailty and the management of long-term conditions. It forms an important element of the healthcare for older people with frailty. Its emphasis is on ensuring that older people with complex health problems receive expert care within the community, whether at home or in a care home.

Community Geriatrics is also concerned with interface geriatrics, i.e. the interface between primary and acute phases of the patient's journey. Community geriatricians often support community-based multi-disciplinary teams and intermediate care services.

The Community Geriatrics Special Interest Group (formerly the Primary and Continuing Care SIG) welcomes as members general practitioners, geriatricians, nurses and therapists. Membership of the Society, while strongly encouraged, is not obligatory.