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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 3,800 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.
The Society was founded in 1947 for “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”.
The BGS achieves these purposes by holding scientific meetings, producing clinical guidance, 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.