United Kingdom

The British Geriatrics Society

Some facts on demography and geriatrics in the United Kingdom…

Total population: 64.596.800
Percentage above 65 Yr: 18%
Percentage above 80 Yr: 8% >75 years; 2% > 85 years

Number of physicians: 13.003 (UK)
Number of geriatricians: 1.332 (UK)
Total number of hospital beds: Approximately 136.000 (UK)
Number of geriatric beds: not known

Geriatrics is recognised as a...

  • speciality since >20 years

Geriatric medicine is found in...

  • acute care hospitals as acute geriatric wards
  • out-patient care settings
  • post-acute rehabilitation hospitals/clinics
  • nursing homes or long term care facilities

As well as working on acute geriatric wards in acute care hospitals, geriatricians are increasingly playing a role in front-door services, based as a core element of the emergency department or acute medical admissions unit. They also work as part of teams concerned with other hospital specialities, some of which are already recognised as sub-speciality areas such as orthogeriatrics or movement disorders. They are increasingly involved with oncology (Oncogeriatrics), acute and elective general and orthopaedic surgery (POPS), and other areas such as vascular surgery and cardiology. Geriatricians provide the majority of Stroke services in most UK hospitals.

Members of the society

Total number of Members: 3.520 members (2017)

Geriatricians: 1.488
GP’s: 87
GP trainee: 8
Specialist registrar: 580
SHO: 16
Trainees (core): 78
Trainees (foundation): 115
Staff Grade/Associate specialist: 158
Physician Associate: 3
Nurses: 151
Advanced Nurse Practitioner: 16
Advanced Clinical Practitioner: 16
Clinical Fellow: 25
Other therapists: 98
Professors: 27
Psychiatrists: 7            
Pharmacists: 22
Medical students: 130
Nurse and therapists: students: 10
Retired/Unsalaried: 176
Overseas: 291
Others: 31

Special interest groups within society

Currently, we have 19 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Sections, as follows:

  • Anaemia
  • Bladder and Bowel Health
  • Cardiovascular
  • Community Geriatrics
  • Dementia and Related Mental Health Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Drugs and Prescribing
  • Epilepsy in Older People
  • Ethics and Law
  • Falls and Bone Health
  • Frailty and Sarcopenia Research
  • Fraility in Urgent Care Settings
  • Gastroenterology / Nutrition
  • Movement Disorders
  • Oncology
  • Pain in Older People
  • Proactive Care of Older People Undergoing Surgery (POPS)
  • Respiratory
  • Telecare/Telehealth

Further SIGS and Sections may be established later this year. For contact details of each SIG and Section, please refer to our website.

A different society, completely separate from our own, is the membership association for UK-based gerontologists - for more information please visit following website: www.britishgerontology.org

Other activities…


The British Geriatrics Society has two UK-wide national meetings every year (Spring and Autumn), held in different cities. There is a rolling programme of educational content as well as research presentations and sub-meetings of the special interest groups and sections.
In addition, our national councils in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each run one or two clinical meetings each year, and many of the regions of England also run scientific/educational meetings.
As well as these, the BGS has several special interest groups and sections (eg. Falls and Bone Health, Cardiovascular, Continence, Movement Disorders, POPS etc.) and these groups also organise regular stand-alone educational meetings. Regular meetings for trainees are also held annually.


"Age and Ageing" has a worldwide reputation for publishing refereed original articles and commissioned reviews on geriatric medicine and gerontology. It has become increasingly influential among geriatrics and gerontology publications. During the year, the journal’s ‘impact factor’ (a standard metric of journals’ influence) increased from 4.201 to 4282, and is placed 9th in the international ranking of comparable journals.

List of geriatric chairs and research centres in the United Kingdom

  • University of Cambridge
  • Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Bradford Institute of Health Research, University of Leeds
  • University of Exeter Medical School department of Clinical Epidemiology
  • MGM Hospital NAvi Mumbai India
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Care of the Eldewrly
  • University of East Anglia School of Health Sciences
  • Cardiff University
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
  • University of Glasgow Academic Geriatric Medicine (part of Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine)
  • Academic Centre for Applied Clinical & Translational Research into Ageing (ACTRA)-Aberdeen
  • Ageing and Health, University of Dundee
  • University of East Anglia
  • Queen's University Belfast Centre for Public Health
  • Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre, University of Edinburgh
  • Newcastle University Institute for Ageing
  • University Hopsitals of Leicester
  • Healthcare for Older People Research in Nottingham and Derby
  • Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham
  • MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCLa

Contact details

The president of the Society:
Dr. Eileen Burns

The FB member in the EUGMS:
Dr. Tahir Masud

Email: ceo(at)bgs.org.uk
Website: www.bgs.org.uk


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