One of our consultants specialising in the care of older people has been appointed President-elect of the prestigious British Geriatric Society (BGS).
Dr Jennifer Burns, consultant physician in geriatric medicine at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary for the last 23 years, will assume the role in November at the society’s AGM.
This medical specialty focuses on the principle of comprehensive assessment of older people living with illness or long term conditions affecting their daily lives. As a result, it involves close inter-disciplinary working between medical staff, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, dieticians, social workers and many other health and care professionals.
Dr Burns said: “As a society we are focused on promoting excellence in all aspects of healthcare for older people. We believe care should be patient-centred, multidisciplinary, and that health, social and community care should be an integrated, seamless service.''
“To achieve this, our membership is truly multidisciplinary. It includes consultant geriatricians, junior doctors, nurses, GPs, old age psychiatrists, allied healthcare professionals, and researchers.
“I previously served as the chair of the Scottish council of the BGS and have a number of goals I feel can be best realised by taking more of a national overview.
“We support our members’ professional development both through ensuring quality, continuing professional development and by offering grants at different stages of our members’ careers.
“I’m very keen to continue this work and build on what we have achieved in the past. We’re dedicated to offering our members quality opportunities to network, keep their skills up to date, continue to adhere to best practice, and keep everyone motivated. This is my overarching ambition in the role.
“I feel it’s essential we continue to recruit talented and motivated professionals to be involved in older people care. I passionately believe this is an area we need to focus on going forward to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our patients”
John Stuart, North Sector acting director, said: “Jennifer has an outstanding track record in geriatric care and is a valued and respected member of the Royal Infirmary’s team. She is a wonderful appointment for the role.
“She has played an instrumental role in developing our staff to ensure they deliver excellent healthcare to our patients.”
Dr Burns will serve as President-elect from November for two years before becoming President for a further two years.