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Lean thinking 7 February, London The Institute of Healthcare Management, together with the British Association of Medical Managers, is holding a conference on 'Applying lean thinking to the NHS'. Lean thinking focuses on cooperation and partnership rather than competition. The aim is to eliminate waste, shorten and simplify work processes, eliminate queues and encourage flexibility and multiskilling of teams.

Details: Tracey Greenaway, 020-7460 7634.

Care trusts 13 February, Birmingham 'Care trusts: shotgun marriage or coming of age?' is a seminar organised by Birmingham University's health services management centre. Following the proposed establishment of care trusts in the NHS plan for England, the event will explore this issue and will be of interest to those concerned with the future commissioning and delivery of health and social care services.

Details: Ingrid Leeman, 0121-414 7058.

Poverty and mental health 13 February, London Focus on Mental Health, a consortium of leading mental health organisations, is holding a seminar to discuss issues around poverty and mental health. Speakers include ministers Margaret Hodge and Hugh Bayley. The event will also discuss the results of Focus' national survey of users' views on low-income issues.

Details: Simon Lawton-Smith,020-7436 6194.

Value for patients 14 February, Basildon Basildon and Thurrock General Hospitals trust is arranging a conference on 'Best value in the NHS: emphasising quality and listening to patients'. Niall Dickson from the BBC will chair the event, with junior health minister Lord Hunt as the keynote speaker.

Details: Jill Sharley/Teresa Martindill,01268-598228/6.

Psychological therapies 20-21 February, Brighton 'Psychological therapies in the NHS - realising the national service framework' is a Professional Briefings event to bring together psychological therapists of all clinical disciplines with service commissioners, psychotherapy researchers, service users, NHS managers and policy makers.

Details: Rosemary McMahon,020-7233 8322.

Mental health strategy 21 February, Manchester A Mental Health Information Strategy launch conference will enable delegates to understand the implications of the strategy and to implement it locally.

Details: Susan Wilkes, 0161-727 9419.

Public involvement 23 February, Glasgow Designed to Involve, the Scottish national initiative to develop public involvement in primary care, is holding a conference on 'Public involvement in primary care: participation or power?'. It aims to reflect the questions of primary care staff about public involvement and why and how the public can be involved in designing, delivering and monitoring primary care services.

Details: Graeme Waller, 0131-220 4101.

Maternity rights 27 February, London A Maternity Alliance course on 'Maternity rights and benefits' will include a comprehensive training and resource pack.

Details: training officer, 020-7588 8583.