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#BGSFairCare: Our letters to Ministers
Read our letters to the Health Ministers in each of the four nations of the UK asking them to take urgent action to protect older people during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
End of Life Care in Frailty: Social support
This section of the BGS guidance on end of life care in older people encourages the multidisciplinary team to consider social, practical and emotional needs.
BGS GeriGPs Group and the NHS Long Term Plan
GeriGPs and the GeriGP group of the BGS offer a constructive solution to some of the challenges facing the NHS.
Presentation slides: BGS SE & SW Thames Joint Region Meeting 2019
The BGS SE & SW Thames Joint Region Meeting 2019 was held on 16 October 2019 in West Sussex.
Healthier for longer: How healthcare professionals can support older people
This report is intended to explore how messages of prevention and healthy ageing apply to a population group that may already be ill and frail, and to the healthcare professionals who care for them.
Effective healthcare for older people living in care homes
Over 400,000 older people in the UK live in care homes, including nearly one in six over-85s, and they often have complex health and social care needs. We have produced guidance for commissioners to promote better models of medical care for care home residents.
BGS responds to Adult Social Care Winter Plan
As the country approaches winter and an almost-certain second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the British Geriatrics Society is relieved to see the Government taking action to provide additional support to care homes and other social care providers in England.
BGS responds to Update to the GP contract agreement 2020/21-2023/24
On Thursday 6 February, NHS England and the British Medical Association (BMA) agreed and published the Update to the GP contract agreement 2020/21-2023/24 which incorporates the service specifications for the Network Contract Direct Enhanced Service.
The British Geriatrics Society welcomes improved access to primary care
The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) welcomes the announcement of a new five-year plan for the NHS in England
‘The NHS long term plan must meet the needs of our ageing population’, says British Geriatrics Society’s President
Eileen Burns, President of the British Geriatrics Society, is calling for the NHS 10 ten year plan to meet the needs our ageing population.
BGS calls for a reform of primary care to deliver better healthcare and treatment for older people
The British Geriatrics Society’s ‘Position Statement on Primary Care for Older People’ published today calls for more care and treatment to be delivered in the community to be better meet the needs of our ageing population, and urges the Government to build this into the long term plans for the NHS.
Why COVID-19 allowed us to believe in a different future for health and social care
The COVID-19 pandemic has been the worst period that many people have lived through. However, for health and social care, it has also led to some of the greatest innovation and transformation, demonstrating how partnership working across traditional systems and boundaries can truly be achieved when everything is being routed through one funding source.
Time for school education on death, end-of-life care, and serious illness
HIV/AIDS taught us the importance of public sex education. Now, COVID-19 teaches us the need for public death education.
How much do we spend on patients at the end of life, across different care settings?
It is a commonly accepted principle that demand for healthcare always outstrips resources, and so in the UK’s publicly funded health system, it is important to look at how and where costs are being incurred to make sure we are making the best use of limited resources.
What do patients want? Priorities for change in the NHS
“Well, they’re obviously over-stretched and under-staffed, aren’t they? It’s not personal care any more is it, you’re more like a number, they get you in and get you out.”
Priorities for the incoming Prime Minister
Ten have been whittled down to two and it is now for the membership of the Conservative Party to decide whether they want Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt as their next leader and, subsequently, the next Prime Minister. Much of the focus of this campaign has been on the future of the UK’s relationship with the European Union. Are we leaving on 31 October or not? Deal or no deal? What exactly are WTO terms? Can I still go to Majorca for my summer holidays?
Supporting social care and the funding it urgently needs
While integrated care is being discussed, Lucy Lewis, consultant practitioner trainee specialising in frailty and older people at Health Education England (Wessex), gives some startling figures that reinforce the value of social care systems and the call for increased funding.
The primary care ship lurched significantly in early March with the arrival of the new NHS England (NHSE) GP contract
Titled “Investment and Evolution” and sporting the NHS flagship blue and white livery it made many bold statements. First up, the extortionate premiums in indemnity coverage that GPs face will end, thanks to state backed indemnity. Nice.
The essential need to educate all about age and ageing
The population is ageing and more and more professionals are required to work with older people wherever that may be; in specialist services, primary care, care homes, acute surgery or in an emergency department and everywhere.
UTOCs – Unnecessary Transfers of Care
One of my least favourite moments of my otherwise very enjoyable MDT meeting is when we come to discuss the new admissions on our rehab ward that week. There are two types of transfer which seem to be increasingly common. Let’s call them Mr Smith and Mr Jones…
From Beer to Nosokinetics - it’s all in the flow! – Part Deux.
Part 1 of this riveting tale of healthcare business management, as seen through the eyes of an erstwhile trader in beer, set the scene.
From Beer to Nosokinetics - it's all in the flow!
Nosokinetics – a great word upon which to hang the peg of my understanding and progress. Publication of an associated bi-monthly newsletter had provided a repository of published analysis and knowledge related to the subject. Brilliant thinks I; and with glee noted all that had been written and provided to those interested up to 2010. Then the newsletter stopped and Nosokinetics apparently lost to the sands of time!
NHS – An overcrowded bus
NHS has been in a crisis for a few years now and if anyone thinks it can’t get any worse, they are in for a shock. It is like an overcrowded bus which keeps picking up passengers at every stop where more people get in than that get out. The bus is jam packed with little space to manoeuvre, untidy, and is tipping dangerously.
Working Together Across the Great Healthcare Divide
It’s traditional to start any piece of writing on older people with frailty with a reminder that there are a lot of them, and that there will be a lot more of them in the future. This will not come as a surprise to frequenters of the British Geriatrics Society website.
Drinking, smoking and badminton – reaching a consensus on falls prevention
Muscle weakness and poor balance are key risk factors for falls. I have long thought that if we would work out a population approach this would be a great step forward in the area of falls prevention.
Spring Meeting 2021
The BGS Spring Meeting 2021 is taking place on 28-30 April.
Autumn Meeting 2018
The BGS Autumn 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.
New NHS England hospital discharge funding: Your questions
Late on Friday 21 August, the Department of Health and Social Care announced a £588 million fund to support people being discharged from hospital. We encourage BGS members with any questions about how this funding will be implemented to come forward and we will pass these onto NHS England for clarification.
Welsh Continuing Care consultation
The Welsh Government is consulting on changes to NHS Continuing Healthcare and we need your help with the BGS response.
BGS response to the Welsh Government's strategy on tackling loneliness and social isolation
The BGS has submitted a response to the Welsh Government's 'Connected communities - Tackling loneliness and social isolation' strategy.
Policy Report - Autumn 2018
The Policy Report which was published in the October issue of the BGS Newsletter
Our priorities for the NHS long term plan
Our priorities include a reform of the way services are delivered so that more care and treatment is available in community settings. We are calling for this to be built into the development and delivery of the NHS long term plan.
Position statement on primary care for older people
This paper sets out our views on how primary care can deliver better health outcomes for older people. We call for the changes required to achieve this to be built into the Government’s long term plans for the NHS.
Social care: a summary of the framework and BGS's policy engagement
A lot of our policy and influencing work in the last year has focused on social care and the health impacts for older people, and the associated implications for our members' work, when there are difficulties in accessing good quality social care.
BGS Policy Update: Summer 2018
In order to make progress against our policy aims and objectives BGS engages in a mix of proactive and reactive activity. All of it is evidence-based and focused on the unique contribution that the Society is able to bring to inform policy development decisions. Some of it involves keeping a watching brief on external developments that have an impact on our members’ work and on the healthcare of older people. In this update I have provided a summary of recent developments and some of the engagement we have had.
BGS Response on the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia 2020
The BGS responded to the review of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 by Department of Health and Social Care. While lauding the progress made in promotion of public messages, the BGS remains concerned that cuts to public health funding are a barrier to spreading the public health message
House of Commons Joint Inquiry by Communities and Local Govt, and Health Select Committees, on long-term funding of adult social care
BGS Policy Update, Spring 2018
There have been lots of positive opportunities for engaging with key opinion formers and decision makers in the last few months. We have been busy making the most of these opportunities, as well as continuing to build and strengthen our links with other organisations that we want to work with.