Published: 21/11/2002, Volume II2, No. 5832 Page 32

Clinical negligence 2 December, Leeds

The Andrew Sims Centre, part of Leeds Community and Mental Health trust, is holding a conference on clinical negligence (part 2). 'You are required to attend court on' aims to provide the confidence, knowledge and skills to face court proceedings and achieve a good outcome.

Details: Andrew Sims Centre, 0113-305 6044.

Board secretaries 2 December, Manchester 24 April, Manchester

Full-day seminars for secretaries to healthcare boards in all NHS organisations organised by the Manchester Centre for Healthcare Management provide an opportunity to hear speakers' insights into the improvements that can be made in policies and procedures and shared experiences.

Details: Linda Ingle, 0161-275 2911.

ICAS requirements 4 December, Liverpool

A Take Part Training event on Independent Complaints and Advocacy Services will enable participants to gain a clear understanding of the key requirements of ICAS and put theory into practice.

Details: Take Part Training, 07966-381 306.

Young disabled children 9 December, London '

Meeting the needs of very young disabled children: developments in the early years sector' is a National Children's Bureau conference. Topics include the expansion of early years funding, the introduction of guidance for those working with children from birth to two years and the implications arising from the Specialist Educational Needs and Disability Act.

Details: Allie Hamilton, 020-7843 6041.

Carers'benefits 10 December, London

An advanced Carers Training Unit course on 'Carers' benefits' aims to develop the expertise of those who are already familiar with the benefits system but wish to deepen their understanding.

The course is suitable for advisers, carers workers, health services staff, social workers and care managers.

Details: Carers Training Unit, 020-7566 7632.

Nutrition and hydration 11 December, London

The Royal College of Physicians is organising a conference on 'Artificial nutrition and hydration' to review the scientific basis in acute and chronic disease, explore the legal frameworks and moral arguments that surround initiation and withdrawal of ANH and discuss its possible use.

Details: Susan Bassam, 020-7935 1174 ext 300.

Diagnosis and disease 12 December, London

A Royal College of Pathologists symposium on 'Cervical glandular neoplasia - who, what, why and how are we doing?', an update on the disease process and diagnosis of these lesions.

Details: Michelle Casey, 020-7451 6740.

Older people's medication 17 December, Birkenhead

Age Concern is holding a training course, 'Medication and older people', focusing on common drugs used with older people, their role and nature and possible adverse effects. An overview of legal aspects of drug handling, effective administration of medication, accountability and the role of unqualified staff in this process is also provided.

Details: Paula Morgan, 01543-503 660.

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.

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