Vacancy: BGS West Midlands Secretary

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 West Midlands region of the British Geriatrics Society is seeking to appoint a new Secretary for a three-year term and expressions of interest are now invited for this key voluntary position.
The Secretary role provides a great opportunity for a BGS member, based in the West Midlands region, to help to create a supportive and collaborative local environment for fellow healthcare professionals specialising in the care of older people.

The key role of the Secretary is to develop and oversee regular region meetings. They act as the main point of contact for the Society’s head office in relation to the management of BGS West Midlands events and assist the BGS events team with the planning and promotion of these region meetings.

Duties include:

  • Finding local organisers for future West Midlands meetings, suggesting programme topics and speakers, and ensuring all events meet the needs of a multidisciplinary audience
  • Encouraging the promotion of local research and quality improvement initiatives by publicising calls for abstracts
  • 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
  • Gathering feedback from delegates, and suggesting improvements and new ideas for future meetings

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. The role provides an ideal opportunity to get to know eminent and pioneering speakers from all aspects of healthcare for older people, and to build skills in project management and events organisation that will be useful for your future career. This role would be a notable addition to any portfolio but would be especially beneficial for a BGS member at the beginning of their career.

If you are keen to help strengthen the multi-disciplinary community of BGS members in the West Midlands region, we’d love to hear from you. Please email a short expression of interest and your covering CV to M [dot] Stewart [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk (Mark Stewart), BGS Office and Business Manager. If you have any questions please call 0207 608 8575 for more information. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 9 April 2021.

Please note, you must be a current paid member of the BGS and work within the West Midlands region to be eligible for this role.

You can join the BGS here.