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British Geriatrics Society

The British Geriatrics Society is a professional association of doctors practising geriatric medicine, old age psychiatrists, general practitioners, nurses, therapists, scientists and others. We are united by our shared interest in the medical care of older people, and the promotion of better health in old age.

10 February 2016
Membership Organisations

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation's role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers? 

British Geriatrics Society (BGS) members are involved in a number of aspects of care delivery for older people: acute sector, liaison services, Day Hospital, intermediate and community care and palliative care. Therefore early detection and institution of management processes for those with memory problems can be facilitated. Some members are the main providers of memory clinics in their area and can take local and National lead roles. BGS can influence the trajectory of acute admission through recognition of dementia and ensuring patients with dementia receive the priority they deserve. As a part of each component of service delivery BGS members can ensure patients with dementia are recognised and appropriately managed. BGS has a Cerebral Ageing and Mental Health Special Interest Group (SIG) which has already produced an educational document "Delirious about Dementia", designed to facilitate early diagnosis and management. This SIG has an executive committee representing all regions in England as well as each of the devolved nations. BGS would endorse a local champion for dementia in geriatric medicine for each acute hospital. The training programme for this initiative would be delivered by SIG members regionally with assistance where needed from Royal College of Psychiatry, Old Age Section. BGS SIG can also provide education and training for Primary Care Physicians in conjunction with Royal College of General Practitioners. BGS should also recognise the importance of supporting research into all aspects of dementia. 

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation? 

Key challenges include an understanding for geriatricians about many aspects of dementia. This ranges from early detection and differential diagnosis through management with drugs for dementia to management of neuropsychiatric symptoms and indeed recognition of when to implement a purely palliative approach. The core curriculum for trainees in geriatric medicine should be examined to ensure that all these issues are addressed during specialty training. In a similar vein the challenge is to ensure that all postgraduate training programmes, not just those for geriatricians, contain sufficient information on dementia. Thus provision of education and training are the main challenges. These can be delivered in conjunction with Royal College Physicians. The ability of members to deliver such education is a major consideration

2. Actions

  • Document relaunch

    Delirious about Dementia document relaunch

    Initial Scoping
  • Representation on SIG committee

    Regional and devolved nation representation on SIG committee

    Initial Scoping

    2012 - Second Quarter Update

    Successful tender for development of person centred care home tool kit.

  • Consultee to NICE

    Consultee to NICE on the Drugs for Dementia Guideline 2010

  • Statement on Mental Capacity

    BGS statement on mental capacity 2010

  • Document on pain management in older people

    Document on Pain management in older people should include dementia

  • Document on pain assessment

    Document on Pain assessment in the older patient (BGS, BPS, RCP)

  • Regional study days

    Regional study days to facilitate local hospital leads for dementia

    Initial Scoping