The workforce of health and care professionals involved in improving and delivering care to older people encompasses a wide range of disciplines, training and careers. This section brings together important information about this uniquely skilled and varied workforce.
Current surveys and reports
The BGS regularly surveys its members about workforce issues.
The most recent survey, in 2020, asked about staffing experiences in the COVID-19 pandemic. Results from this survey will be posted here soon.
There are currently no open workforce surveys.
Working with older people
This section brings together information about begininning or progressing a career in geriatric medicine or as part of the multidisciplinary team working with older people.
This section looks at some of the workforce data produced by the BGS and other bodies.
Below are some useful general links from external organisations.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow workforce statement
While the number of consultant posts in NHS Scotland has increased by about 15 percent in the past 5 years, these posts remain unfilled due to a shortage of doctors. This report evaluates the current situation, what processes and policies are already in place, and what changes are required to effectively join up the various career stages in the working life of health professionals.
Health Education England workforce strategy
Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future – a draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027 condenses and considers the outputs of major workforce plans for the priorities laid out in the Five Year Forward View – cancer, mental health, maternity, primary and community care and urgent and emergency care.
Workforce information from external or joint sources focusing on the consultant workforce.
- Royal College of Physicians (RCP) consultant census
Focus on Physicians 2018-19 is the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow’s most recent census on the consultant physician and higher specialty trainee workforce in the UK.
- Royal College of Physicians (RCP) safe staffing
The RCP London's Guidance on safe medical staffing working party report aims to help those planning and organising core hospital medical services to answer the question: ‘How many doctors or their alternatives, with what capabilities, do we need to provide safe, timely and effective care for patients with medical problems?
Speciality Registrars (StRs)
- A Career in Geriatric Medicine
BGS guide to starting out in geriatrics.
Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board: Geriatric Medicine
Training and curriculum resources.
Speciality Exam in Geriatric Medicine
Exam dates, eligibility requirements and general information.