Published: 07/11/2002, Volume II2, No. 5830 Page 40

Children's services 20 November, Penrith, 29 November, Cleveden, 4 December, Darlington

The National Children's Bureau is holding a series of open consultation events focusing on the children's national service framework. 'Making a difference' will look at best care and services for children living in rural and urban communities.

Details: Allie Hamilton, 020-7843 6041.

Protecting the public 20 November, London

'Protecting the public from infectious, chemical and radiological hazards' is a symposium organised by the Royal College of Pathologists providing an update on the functions and organisation of the newly formed Health Protection Agency.

Details: Michelle Casey, 020-7451 6740.

Age discrimination 22 November, London

An Age Concern training course on 'Age discrimination' is aimed at staff and volunteers who are working with older people in residential, day care and community settings. The course examines the nature of age discrimination and tackles the ways in which it can be displayed in both behaviour and attitudes.

Details: Paula Morgan, 01543-503 660.

Building the perfect PCT 26 November, London

An Emap Public Sector Management conference on 'Building a perfect primary care trust' features expert speakers, including GP and national primary care development team head Dr John Oldham, national clinical director for primary care at the Department of Health Dr David Colin-Thomé, County Durham and Tees Valley health authority chief executive Ken Jarrold, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine director Dr Naomi Fulop.

Details: conferences, 020-7505 8564.

Stubborn organisations 27 November, London

'You can't do that - making things happen in stubborn organisations' is a seminar by the British Association of Medical Managers, designed to explore the issues of organisational pathology and stubbornness.

Details: Nick Pampakas, 0161-474 1141.

Mental health changes 28 November, Leeds

The Andrew Sims Centre, part of Leeds Community and Mental Health trust, is holding a conference on the draft mental health bill. 'Under starter's orders' presents a group of experts to explain the processes and present their analyses.

Details: The Andrew Sims Centre, 0113-305 6044.

Healthy involvement 29 November, London

The Socialist Health Association is holding a conference on 'Involving patients and the public in the NHS'. Speakers include David Gilbert, head of patient and public involvement at the Commission for Health Improvement.

Details: Martin Rathfelder, 0870-013 0065.

Shaken baby syndrome 29 November, London

A Royal College of Medicine meeting on shaken baby syndrome will discuss the latest research with reference to the radiological appearances, differential diagnosis, aetiology and biomechanics of the injuries, the pathology and neurophathology and retinal and ophthalmological findings Details: Sharan Gallagher, 020-7290 3946.

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.