Funding to enable at least one therapist of a multidisciplinary team in the UK to undertake innovative educational experiences relevant to the special needs of older patients, eg conference attendance, visits to geriatric wards which have an innovative service approach, special programme or project for the care of older patients.
The Society offers a limited number of grants of up to £300 to qualified therapists (and therapists in training recognised by their Association or College) with an expressed special interest in the care of older patients to:
- attend conferences, seminars and meetings of an innovative nature which will enhance their understanding and appreciation of the special needs of older patients; and/or
- visit a geriatric ward which has an innovative service approach, special programme or project for the care of older patients.
Founded in 1947, the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is the only professional association in the UK of doctors practising geriatric medicine. The 2,000 members worldwide are consultants in geriatric medicine, the psychiatry of old age, public health medicine, general practitioners, and scientists engaged in the research of age-related disease.
The primary purpose of the scheme is to provide a source of funds enabling at least one therapist of a multidisciplinary team to be exposed to innovative educational experiences relevant to the special needs of older patients.
Grants will not be made where funding is available from another source nor to part-fund a diploma, certificate, degree course or other long-term study experiences.
The grants are available to qualified therapists and to therapists still in training who have an expressed special interest in the care of older patients, irrespective of professional affiliation, in the UK.
Applicants must be members of the British Geriatrics Society.
Not a specified requirement.
There are no fixed categories of grant. However, the following examples provide some indication of the kind of support which will be considered:
- Registration fees and travelling expenses (by public transport) to conferences, seminars and meetings.
- Travelling expenses and accommodation costs for professional visits.
Frequency: Rolling programme.
Link to guidelines: http://www.bgs.org.uk/mnutraineefunding-507/resources/grantsawards/grantstsg
Decisions on applications are usually made within five to six weeks.