Region officer roles and volunteer opportunities

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British Geriatrics Society
Date Published:
10 August 2020
Last updated: 
10 August 2020

BGS members are encouraged to support their local regions and to become actively involved with local activities, regional committees and meetings. The diverse opportunities are details in this resource. If you are keen to help strengthen the multi-disciplinary community of BGS members in your region, we’d love to hear from you.

As a volunteer you will get a chance to support your local region and become involved in the running of your specialty, contributing to decisions taken at both a local and national level.

The benefits to your career includes:

  • Enhance your CV and support annual appraisals
  • Raise your profile and influence with local/ national stakeholders
  • Develop leadership and management skills
  • Develop contacts and networks
  • Access opportunities to present at national and international conferences once you have tried it out in your region

Find out from our officers how their involvement with the BGS has empowered them to play an active part in campaigning for better care for older people.

Our volunteers represent and reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of the BGS and provide essential support in the planning and running of local meetings, the sharing of good clinical practice, and the dissemination of news and advice about the Society.

Professor Tahir Masud, President of the British Geriatrics Society

BGS members are actively encouraged to support their local regions and to get involved either by becoming a member of their local committee, volunteering at a meeting or submitting their research for promotion at regional events. As a volunteer you will get a chance to support your local region and become involved in the running of your specialty, contributing to decisions taken at both a local and national level.

Here’s how you can play a vital role in your local regional network, help shape a diverse and inclusive community and play an active part in developing better healthcare for older people:

Senior Doctors – Post CCT or CESR CP Professions
  • Volunteer to organise a meeting, ensuring that your local BGS meetings include training opportunities for SpRs/STRs, Gps, Nurses and AHPs. Contact your region secretary for more detail.
  • Submit an abstract to a BGS meeting highlighting the work played by your Trusts in your region.
  • Promote the BGS to your colleagues, trainees and medical students, encouraging them to join the BGS and to play an active role within the Society.
  • Supporting the policy work of the BGS. Contact s [dot] greenwood [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk for more details.
  • Apply for vacant role in your region committee.
Pre CCT or CESR CP Professions, Healthcare professionals (Nurses, Physiotherapists, Researchers)
  • Submit an abstract to a BGS meeting to highlight the work played by Trusts in your region.
  • Become a regional representative. We are looking for trainees, GPs & GPs Trainees with an interest in older people, Nurses and AHPs, to represent their region and their profession.
  • Support the policy work of the BGS. Contact s [dot] greenwood [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk for more details.
  • Apply for vacant role in your region committee. Looking for something more flexible? You can act as region support officer, helping to promote and share the region’s and BGS works at local meetings, within your trust, via your region webpage and monthly e-bulletins.
  • Promoting the BGS to your colleagues encouraging them to join the Society and to play an active role within the Society.
Medical Students and Foundation Year
  • Volunteer at region meetings to help with registration, microphone duties and supporting the organising committee. You will receive free attendance to the meeting in return for your time and a certificate for your portfolio. Contact your region secretary for more detail.
  • Become a Student Representative and share the work of the BGS with your fellow student. Contact your region chair for more detail.
Retired members
  • Contribute to the Retired Members Group e-bulletin by providing an article on the activities of your local group, or on your experiences of COVID if you have returned to the NHS to provide support. Contact s [dot] greenwood [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk for more details.

A summary of each role can be found below. If you would like more detail about a role, please contact Mark Stewart, BGS Office and Business Manager, at M [dot] Stewart [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk. The BGS welcomes expressions of interest in this role from all healthcare professionals working with older people, including nurses and allied health professionals, at any stage of their career.

Region chair

Would you like a chance to promote local talent and research, facilitate networking within the region, and influence decisions taken at a regional level in relation to the specialty? The Chair role provides a great opportunity for a BGS member to help to create a supportive and collaborative local environment for fellow healthcare professionals specialising in the care of older people. The term of office is for three years. Duties includes:

  • Providing leadership to the regional committee and ensuring that key issues arising in the region are brought to the attention of England Council
  • Highlighting opportunities to grow local networks of BGS members, including recruiting new members.
  • Developing peer-support and learning opportunities to BGS members in the region.
Region secretary

The main duty of the BGS Regional Secretary is to help organise regional meetings, helping with programme planning and supporting the training of volunteer meeting organisers to work within BGS meeting guidelines. The Secretary also contribute to the monthly regional e-bulletin issued by the BGS and oversees regional meeting organisation and/or supervises committee volunteers in doing this. You will also help promote meeting dates to external audiences and help with recruiting new members. The term of office is for three years. Duties include:

  • Finding local organisers for future meetings, suggesting programme topics and speakers, and ensuring all events meet the needs of a multidisciplinary audience
  • Facilitating networking at meetings and within the region to support the sharing of best practice at a local level and collaboration between BGS members in the region
Region committee support

The key role of the Committee Member(s) is to support the region chair and secretary with administrative task and meeting organisation. They act as the main point of contact for the Society’s head office in relation to the management of BGS region events and assist the BGS events team with the planning and promotion of these region meetings. The term of office is flexible with a minimum of 6 months and maximum of three years. The role includes:

  • Encouraging the promotion of local research and quality improvement initiatives by publicising calls for abstracts
  • Maintaining and updating the region’s webpage on the BGS website
  • Preparing content for the region's e-bulletin
Region representatives

England council regional representative

A BGS member who lives/works in the region in question, who can represent their region at meetings of the England Council, and who can assist with the effective delivery of local meetings, share examples of good clinical practice with other regions, and raise issues of concern with the Council. Term of office: three years.

Trainees representative

A trainee (SpR/STR) grade member of the Society who is also a member of the BGS Trainee’s Council. Needs to be able to represent the Trainees’ Council at meetings of the England Council and to raise issues that affect the trainees on a regional and national level. Term of office: two years.

Nurse and AHP representative

This is an opportunity for nurse or AHP member of the Society, who is also a member of the BGS Nurses and AHPs Council, to play an active role in their region. The representative role is to raise awareness of issues that affect nurses and AHPs on a regional and national level. They should also promote the specialty and BGS membership. Each regional Nurse and AHP regional representative will feed back to the England Council Nurse and AHPs representative who will sit on the Council. They will not attend the council meeting. Term of office: two years.

Region
Roles
Deadline to apply
Mersey
  • Trainee Rep
21 March 2021
  • Trainee Rep
28 February 2021

South West Thames

  • Secretary
  • Trainee Rep
28 February 2021

How to apply

Volunteering opportunities in your area: Email your region chair. Their details can be found on your region page.

Regional committee and representative role and all region related queries: Contact Mark Stewart, BGS Office and Business Manager, on 0207 608 8575, M [dot] Stewart [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk for more information

Abstract submission: If you can't find an answer to your queries on the abstract information page, email abstracts [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk