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RCP Falls and Fragility Audit Programme (FFFAP) patient resources
The Royal College of Physicians Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) has developed a series of patient and public centred resources to support better care.
Out-of-hospital management of UTIs in elderly patients
Health Education England has commissioned an educational film, in collaboration with Public Health England’s Primary Care Unit, on the treatment of UTIs in older adults
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.
New Chair for BGS Community Geriatrics Special Interest Group
BGS Community and Geriatrics Special Interest Group announces Dr Shelagh O'Riordan as its new Chair.
Working together to treat depression in care homes
Innovative collaborations between geriatricians, psychiatrists and allied health professionals are paving the way to better treatment
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.
Doctoring, fast and slow
In my experience I have found three types of doctors; Those who work very fast, very slow or somewhere in the middle. This is obvious and logical as human behaviour is divided on the basis of a normal distribution, with most being average.
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.
Are care homes the hospices of the future?
Palliative care is relevant across the illness trajectory for people living and dying with chronic progressive conditions, aiming to improve quality of life and enable a peaceful death. With an ageing population, an increased proportion of older people will need to access care and support in a long term care facility.
A bit of the other - Older People in Care Homes: Sex, Sexuality and Intimate Relationships; an RCN discussion and guidance document
We are getting better at difficult conversations - cancer, dementia, end of life care, advance directives, deprivation of liberty - for those of us who work with older people all these thorny issues are common. They’re personal, individual but frequent.
Book review: Aging gracefully!?
This is a review of the book Developing a Relational Model of Care for Older People which aims to clear away the misconceptions surrounding the care of the older people and persuasively argues for a new approach based on interpersonal relationships.
Television is the new best friend of many… Is this an issue we should be interested in?
Over the past year there has been increasing press focus on loneliness in the older population and its negative impacts on health. Suddenly it’s the new kid on the block and we should all be thinking about it.
Autumn Speakers Series: 'Care workers' not 'carers'
The National Association of Care & Support Workers conducted its first research into the well-being of care workers this year. Overwhelmingly, the results indicate that there is still a lot of work required to improve the mental health and well-being - as well as the professional standing - of care and support workers.
The Community – Where Life Happens
Most people spend most of their lives not in hospital. This, contrary to the peculiarly hospitalist view of most physicians, is the case even for older people with frailty. It’s odd, therefore, for geriatrics, a medical specialty that prides itself on holism, on adding life to years, on focussing on health rather than disease, to still do most of its work in hospital.
Community services – do they compare to what it says on the tin?
People may argue that services in the community must be developed to provide care appropriate to the needs of the population now and in the future, but how can this be done?
Autumn Meeting 2019
The BGS Autumn meeting will cover the latest scientific research and the best clinical practice of interest to all specialists responsible for the health care of older people.
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.
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.
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.