The British Geriatrics Society is pleased to announce that Dr Eileen Burns has been elected its twenty-first President Elect. Dr Burns will succeed Professor David Oliver when he assumes the President’s mantle at the BGS Annual General Meeting in October.
Eileen has been a geriatrician in Leeds for twenty-two years, was clinical director for a large teaching hospital department in the first decade of the noughties and is currently clinical lead for integration in Leeds. She is well known amongst those BGS members who have been active on the Society’s various committees, having served on several of these over the years. She currently sits on the Policy and Communications Committee and she has contributed to numerous consultations on behalf of the Society. She has also served as Chairman of the Community Geriatrics Special Interest Group for many years, presiding over one very successful stand alone community geriatrics event and several parallel sessions on the subject at our scientific meetings.
As a geriatrician dedicated to taking the specialty into the community, Eileen cites effective comprehensive geriatric assessment and close collaboration with community colleagues as central to ensuring high quality care for older people and obviation of unnecessary admission to hospital. She believes that this teamwork, and the rewards that it brings, needs to be promoted among potential specialist trainees.
Eileen says: ‘I’m absolutely delighted and very honoured to have been elected. I’m really looking forward to working with the members and staff of the society to continue in our efforts to improve care of older people.’
Professor Paul Knight, who will be handing the Presidential chain of office to David Oliver in October, says: ‘After a close fought competition between two of our senior members for the President Elect, I am delighted that Eileen Burns has been elected. Eileen will be only the second female President of the society and will bring considerable experience and expertise to the post.’