British Geriatrics Society (Scotland) Constitution
1. The objective of the British Geriatrics Society (Scotland) (The Society) is to promote health and welfare of
older people through:
a) encouraging the highest possible standards of clinical care;
b) promoting interdisciplinary working;
c) the encouragement of original research relating to the health of older people;
d) the holding of meetings for the discussion of clinical and scientific work relating to the health care of
e) the publication and distribution of the results of such meetings, discussions and research;
f) the provision of a forum for the communication of ideas and mutual support of the members; and
g) provision of advice to appropriate professional bodies and the Scottish Government.
2. Membership of the Society shall be open to all members of the BGS in Scotland.
3. There shall be a Council which will be responsible for the conduct of the business of the Society
4. The members of the Council will be the Chairman, Chairman-elect, Secretary/Treasurer, Deputy Secretary. There
will be one representative from each of the following Health Boards: NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Borders, NHS
Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Grampian, NHS Highland, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Tayside.
NHS Orkney & Shetland and Western Isles will have one representative. NHS Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lothian
will have 2 representatives. There will be two representatives from the Scottish Trainees Group (at different stages
of training). There will be one representative of non-Consultant career grade staff. The specialty advisor to the
Scottish Medical & Scientific Advisory Committee (SMASAC) will also be a member of Council. The Council will
also have the power to co-opt additional members for special purposes, one of whom will be a clinical academic
representative from a University in Scotland if there is no such representative among the other members of the
The Council will also have the power to set up committees and working groups with such terms of reference and
delegated powers that the Council, from time to time, thinks fit
5. The office bearers shall be a Chairman, Chairman-elect, Secretary/Treasurer and Deputy Secretary. They will be
elected at the Annual General Meeting along with area representatives as vacancies arise. The term of office for
these office bearers will be 2 years and they will be ineligible for re-election to the same office for 5 years.
The Chairman will, unless in exceptional circumstances, be succeeded by the Chairman-elect and the
Secretary/Treasurer by the Deputy Secretary.
The other members of the Council will serve for 3 years and be ineligible for re-election for one year. The trainees’
representatives will be nominated from the Trainees Group, whose members are specialist registrars or experienced
senior house officers in geriatric medicine in Scotland.
Vacancies will be intimated to the membership by the Secretary in advance of the AGM.
Nominations require a proposer and seconder. They should be agreeable to the nomination.
If more than one nomination is received for each of the places, a postal ballot will take place. The arrangement for
this postal ballot will be in accordance with the BGS (UK) Articles of Association.
6. Members of The Society will be proposed as representatives on the national BGS (UK) Trustee Board and its various
UK standing committees. These members will be from Council, unless in specific circumstances agreed by Council.
7. The Society will hold scientific meetings on 2 occasions in the year, one in the spring and the other in the
autumn or at other times decided by Council. Guests may be introduced by members of Council to these meetings.
There will be written information at least one month in advance of these meetings.
8. The Council will appoint a local secretary to organised local meetings. The local secretary may be invited to
attend Council meetings but shall not be entitled to vote thereat.
9. The spring meeting will be regarded as the Annual General Meeting for the purpose of electing office-bearers and
Auditors and for considering the Secretary/Treasurer’s report and financial statement.
10. All monies raised by or on behalf of the Society shall be applied to further the objects of the Society and for
no other purpose provided that nothing herein contained shall prevent the payment in good faith of reasonable and
proper remuneration to any employee of the Society and fees to professional and technical advisors.
11. The financial statement will be audited annually.
12. The amount of annual subscription or of levy in lieu of annual subscription, if any, shall be recommended by
Council and submitted to the Annual General Meeting for approval.
13. The constitution shall not be altered except by 2/3rds majority of those present at an Annual General or
Extraordinary Meeting. Notice of any motion to amend the constitution shall be sent in writing to all members not
less than 21 days before the date of the meeting. The Society will adhere to procedures laid down in the BGS (UK)
Articles of Association excepting those stating a quorum for the AGM: a quorum for the AGM shall be regarded as 20
14. In the event of the dissolution of the Society, any assets remaining after the satisfaction of all debts and
liabilities shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Society, but shall be given or transferred
to a recognised charitable organisation(s) having objects similar to those of the Society.
15. Amended constitution adopted by Annual General Meeting of The Society of the British Geriatrics Society on 9th
Dr Brendan Martin
Chair: British Geriatrics Society (Scotland)
Dr Stuart Johnston
Secretary: British Geriatrics Society (Scotland)