Self-nominations sought for Chair of BGS Trainees’ Council

CLOSING DATE:  31 July 2019 (midnight)   

One of the aims of the BGS is to support doctors through their training in the specialty of geriatric medicine. The Trainees' Council provides an important opportunity for trainee doctors to share learning and experience from their journey specialising in geriatric medicine, and to ensure trainees' perspectives inform the direction of the BGS, its policy, education and clinical quality work. The Chair of the Trainees’ Council is the key leadership role in the Society representing the interests of trainee doctors.


Your role in the committee (what areas does your position cover):

  • Chairing the Trainees’ Council committee meetings twice a year. This involves   planning agendas, coordinating with the BGS Secretariat on meeting arrangements, ensuring discussion of major issues affecting trainees within geriatric medicine, delegating tasks to office-bearers and committee members and overseeing follow-up outputs.
  • Serving as a charity Trustee on the BGS Board of Trustees. This involves attending four Board meetings per year and working with the President, BGS Office Bearers, other trustees and the BGS staff to guide the strategic direction of the Society and provide governance.   
  • Maintaining communications (via newsletters and electronically) with trainee members of the BGS with the assistance of other members of the Trainees’ Council and BGS staff, and reporting back to the BGS on the activities of the Trainees’ Council.
  • Providing input to the national BGS Trainees’ Weekend and the BGS Spring and Autumn meetings.
  • Representing geriatric medicine trainees at the Joint Speciality meeting between the RCP London and BGS.
  • Together with the members of the Trainees’ Council, ensuring where possible that representatives of the BGS participate in the Royal College of Physicians and Royal Society of Medicine careers fairs.
  • Encouraging geriatric medicine trainees to join the BGS and to be proactive members; and acting as an ambassador to promote the BGS and its work.

Representation at meetings:

BGS Trainees’ Council (2 x per year), BGS Board of Trustees (4 x per year), Joint Speciality meeting between the RCP London and BGS (2 x per year), BGS Trainees’ Update at BGS conferences (2 x per year) and annual Trainees’ Weekend.


  • Be passionate about the aims of the BGS and committed to improving the healthcare of older people.
  • Be committed to contributing to a high-quality training and learning experience for doctors specialising in geriatric medicine 
  • Be interested in influencing the external policy environment to ensure that the NHS provides the best possible care for older people.
  • Be a Member of the BGS.
  • Hold a national training number (NTN) in Geriatric Medicine at one of the following grades: SpR/ST3 and above.  
  • Not have a post-CCT period of more than one year while in post.
  • Be able to commit half a day a week to carry out the duties required of this role


Two years from the date of appointment.


  • the BGS Trainees Council (2 meetings a year).
  • the BGS Trustee Board (4 meetings a year).
  • The BGS Spring and Autumn meetings
  • Joint Speciality meeting between the BGS and RCP London (twice a year)
  • Annual Trainees Weekend


Half a day per week on average. This will vary throughout the year with busier periods in the months leading up to the Spring and Autumn BGS meetings.   


Self-nominations, in the form of a covering email and a short 500-word statement on how you would approach the role and your suitability for the position, to be sent to Mark Stewart at committees [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk by the 31st July 2019 (midnight). This should also be accompanied by a statement (max 200 words) from a geriatric medicine consultant in support of your nomination.