Interface Geriatrics – New Models of Care for Frail Older People


On 5 March 2010, the British Geriatrics Society is holding Interface Geriatrics, a one-day conference aimed at examining new models of care for frail older people across primary and secondary care. The event will take place at the Royal College of Physicians in London and it is being supported by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the College of Emergency Medicine. The day will include expert perspectives from acute medicine, geriatric medicine, emergency medicine, general practice, multidisciplinary teams and community matrons. There will be workshop sessions for primary and secondary care practitioners to define optimum models of care. Dr Simon Conroy, the event organiser, said: “The care of frail older people has changed dramatically over the last decade. Where previously both acute and sub-acute care was delivered primarily in hospital settings, sub-acute care is now being provided in a range of community settings and by a range of professionals. The day will provide an opportunity to share examples of best practice and to explore new ways of working to improve care for frail older people.” For more information or to register for the event, visit: www.bgs.org.uk or contact Joanna Gough on 020 7608 8574. There are reductions for allied health professionals and the BGS can offer grants to young doctors, nurses and therapists to help with funding travel and accommodation to attend the event. For more information, or to interview Simon Conroy about the concept of ‘Interface Geriatrics’, please contact Iona-Jane Harris on 020 7608 8573 or 07766 227724 or email ionajaneharris@bgs.org.uk Notes to Editors 1. Interface Geriatrics is CPD accredited by the Royal College of Physicians. 2. The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is a membership association of doctors, nurses, therapists, scientists and others with a particular interest in the care of the frail older person and in promoting better health in old age. 3. The BGS strives to promote better understanding of the healthcare needs of older people and to share examples of best practice to ensure that older patients are treated with dignity and respect by all clinical staff they come into contact with. 4. The BGS welcomes any healthcare professional with a particular interest in the care of older people to join the society and to benefit from its collective expertise. Visit: www.bgs.org.uk

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