Published: 14/03/2002, Volume II2, No. 5796 Page 35

Health and ethnicity 10 April, Leicester

The annual conference of the Mary Seacole Research Centre, De Montfort University, is entitled 'Caring with diversity - ethnicity, nursing and multi-agency working'. Topics under discussion will include research, good practice and on-line learning.

Details: Mary Seacole Research Centre, 0115-916 3104

Waste management 10 April, Birmingham

MEL research and service development (formerly Midland Environment Ltd) is holding a seminar on 'New approaches to healthcare waste' at Aston University for hospital staff, including trust managers, supplies managers and infection control nurses, as well as primary care trust development managers. Among other things, it will discuss the latest Environment Agency guidance, recycling, segregation, treatment and disposal options.

Details: Julia Riley, 0121-604 4664

Local initiatives 10 April, Exeter

Medical Management Services is running this event - one of a series of free workshops around the UK - in association with the Department of Health, NHS Alliance and other healthcare organisations. The seminar is entitled 'How will you and your primary care organisations deliver the national service frameworks, health improvement and build capacity - learning from local initiatives'.

Details: Medical Management Services, 01225333711

Abuse of elderly people 11 April, Camarthen

Age Concern is running a course, 'Abuse of vulnerable adults - taking action', for those working directly with older people and their carers in a variety of settings.

The course will identify the types of abuse that occur and who is at risk.

Details: Paula Morgan, 01543-503660.

Writing in health 11 April 2002, Salisbury

'Strange baggage' is a national conference on writing in health and social care, organised by Salisbury Arts Centre's Kingfisher project. The event is targeting all health and social care professionals, especially unit managers, professional arts providers, writers, researchers and those with an interest in reflective practice or community education. Author and journalist Maureen Freely will give the keynote address.

Details Peter Ursem, 01747-821757

Primary care nursing 15 April, Dartford

Chief nursing officer Sarah Mullaly will speak at an event organised by Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley primary care trust, 'A force for positive change', which marks the launch of the PCT's nursing and therapy strategy and celebrates developments in clinical governance, workforce redesign and clinical networks.

Details: Rachel Collett, 01322-622398

Private finance initiatives 16 April, London

The Healthcare Financial Management Association is holding a training event on 'The PFI debate - exploring the future of public-private partnerships in the NHS'.

Delegates will be able to hear about the development and lessons of a variety of NHS private finance initiative/public private projects.

Details: Hannah Cox 0117-929 4789

Items are entered free for public sector, voluntary and professional organisations, but we need at least six weeks' notice of your event. Please send details to Uli Jaeger, HSJ , Greater London House, Hampstead Road, London, NW1 7EJ. Fax: 020-7874 0254.

E-mail: uli. jaeger@emap. com Due to pressure on space, publication cannot be guaranteed.