Published: 05/12/2002, Volume112 No. 5834 Page 39

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.

Group facilitation 13-14 January, London 13-14 February, Manchester Charity ICA: UK is running a series of events on 'Group facilitation methods', a structured introduction to the basic technology of participation-focused conversation and consensus workshop methods.

Details: ICA: UK 0845-450 0305.

HR update 16 January, Boroughbridge The next half-day Pay and Workforce Research members' club meeting is designed to inform on current developments in a range of strategic human resources issues. The guest speaker will be Chris Seidel, deputy chief nursing and healthcare employment consultant at Jobcentre plus.

Details: Ingrid Aitken ingrid@payandwork. co. uk Social landlords 21 January, Leeds 'Investing in the neighbourhood:

registered social landlords and the local economy' is a Royal Town Planning Institute seminar on new ideas for social housing and part of the Housing Corporation innovation and good practice programme. It will examine methods and sources of community finance, and use examples of good practice to illustrate how lives can be changed for better through successful social enterprises.

Details: Mary Murphy, 020-7929-9488.

Medical textiles 23-24 January, Belfast Belfast is to host the UK's first Healthcare and Medical Textiles Network conference, 'Medical textiles - just what the doctor ordered'.

Details: Linda MacHugh, 028-9268 9999.

Not in the text books 24 January, Edinburgh The Royal College of Pathologists is organising 'Not in the text books', a day of tutorials for trainees. The morning will offer group sessions rotating delegates between lecturers at hourly intervals. Topics will include colleges and deans, explanation, information and consent, and the NHS maze. Afternoon discussion will feature quality assurance, evidence of how well you are doing, and writing and talking.

Details: Michelle Casey, 0131-240 5024.

Birth and obstacles 25 January, Tunbridge Wells 'Teaching and using optimal positions and movement for birth and overcoming the obstacles' is a NHS-ConNeCT workshop programme.

Details: NHS-ConNeCT 0870-770 3237 Disease in elderly people 28 January, London The Royal Society of Medicine's section of geriatrics and gerontology is holding a meeting on 'Management of advanced disease in elderly people' for consultants and specialist registrars in geriatric medicine and old age psychiatry, GPs and community nurses with an interest in primary care of older people, and nursing home staff.

Details: Anke Muller, 020-7290 3941.

Primary care counselling 7 February, Birmingham The Network of Providers of NHS Primary Care Counselling is inviting managers, lead counsellors of primary care counselling services and possible contributors to their next quarter meeting.

Details: Denise Knighton, 0114-226 1946.