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Health poverty index 5 March, London 12 March, Sheffield 15 March, Durham 19 March, Oxford The South East Public Health Observatory together with Oxford University's department of social policy and social work are undertaking a study commissioned by the Department of Health, to assess the need and feasibility of the production of a health poverty index to underpin work on reducing inequalities.

Workshops have been arranged throughout England.

Details: Louise Farmer, 01865-226 835.

Healthy cultural change 12 March, London 'Cultural change in the NHS: could the collaborative approach hold the key?' is a New Health Network conference looking at the approaches that the NHS collaboratives are taking to improve patient experience and outcome in a range of services, such as cancer, cardiac and general practice.

Speakers include health minister John Denham, interim director of the Modernisation Agency, Barbara Stocking, and Professor Aidan Halligan, director of clinical governance for the NHS.

Details: conference organiser, newhealthnetwork@supanet. com

Substance misuse 13 March, Brighton The Health Development Agency's young people's health network is hosting a one-day conference to explore how current young people's initiatives and strategies support 'Tackling drugs to build a better Britain'. Ruth Joyce OBE, chair of the Drugs Prevention Advisory Service's education sub-group, will chair the event.

Details: National Children's Bureau,020-7843 6041/40.

Three at the top 14 March, London The NHS Alliance is holding a conference for primary care trust chairs, chief executives and professional executive committee chairs to discuss how relationships need to evolve in the interests of embryonic organisations charged with delivering a challenging agenda.

Details: Sally Simmons, 0118-949 7891.

Working practices 23 March, Rotherham A Pay & Workforce Research seminar on 'Modernising working practices'will discuss magnet hospitals, developing nursing roles, flexible working, specialist learning centres and modernising healthcare.

Details: Becky Bird, 01423-720 200.

HAZ forum 26 March, Eaglescliffe Teesside health action zone 'Hands on health' forum offers an opportunity to learn new skills, develop a better understanding of HAZ and local strategic partnerships and share good practice and experience. Workshops include evidence-based practice; research and development - the Campbell collaboration; learning communities in times of change; young people leaving care; addictive behaviour services; electronic patient records; and young people and alcohol.

Details: Ann Sanson, 01642-854 806.

Beacon fayre 28 March, Birmingham The West Midlands Partnership for Developing Quality is holding a free coronary heart disease beacon fayre with various presentations.

Details: Mrs Patricia Wright,0121-245 2505.