British Geriatrics Society

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British Geriatrics Society
BGS Logo
Formation1947; 74 years ago (1947)
TypeProfessional body
PurposeImproving healthcare for older people
HeadquartersUnited Kingdom
Professor Tahir Masud
Main organ
Age and Ageing
WebsiteBGS Homepage

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is the professional body of specialists in the healthcare of older people in the United Kingdom. Membership is drawn from doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, researchers and others working in the field of geriatric medicine with a particular interest in improving healthcare for older people. It has over 4,000 members worldwide and is the only Society in the UK which draws together experts from all the relevant disciplines in the field. The current President is Professor Tahir Masud.


Basil Mackenzie, 2nd Baron Amulree at the ministry of health, Joseph Harold Sheldon in Wolverhampton, Marjory Warren, Trevor Howell in Croydon and Oxford's Lionel Cosin were some of the founders of the Medical Society for the Care of the Elderly in 1947. In time, this would become the British Geriatrics Society and Amulree would lead both until 1973.[1] Its purpose was “the relief of suffering and distress amongst the aged and infirm by the improvement of standards of medical care for such persons, the holding of meetings and the publication and distribution of the results of such research[2]”.

The BGS achieves these purposes by holding scientific meetings, producing clinical guidance,[3] sharing best practice and acting as an ‘expert voice’ on the care of older people and promoting better health in older age. Members lead several national clinical audits in collaboration with other professional bodies such as Royal Colleges, and specialist clinical associations.


Age and Ageing, which is published by Oxford University Press, is the official journal of the British Geriatrics Society, publishing peer reviewed original articles and commissioned reviews on geriatric medicine and gerontology. Its range includes research on ageing and the clinical, epidemiological and psychological aspects of later life. Its impact factor of 4.511, and is 9th out of 53 journals in the Si: Geriatrics and Gerontology category.


  1. ^ "Mackenzie, Basil William Sholto, second Baron Amulree (1900–1983), physician and geriatrician". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/55504. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  2. ^ "BGS History". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  3. ^ "BGS Guides". Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-06-25.

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