Poor performance 15 August, Worthing An Age Concern training course on 'Poor performance and misconduct' is designed for senior staff and managers who have, or are about to take on, responsibility for managing staff and volunteers. The aim is to provide participants with different ways to improve their effectiveness when handling situations where performance is unsatisfactory, or where staff are accused of committing acts of misconduct.

Details: Paula Johnson, 01543-503 660.

Disabled children 6 September, London The Carers National Association is holding a course on 'Parent carers and disabled children:

research, law and good practice'.

Despite the fact that children with disabilities have specific needs, many parents experience barriers accessing appropriate services. This course examines recent research and legislation in order to identify and promote good practice. It gives an opportunity to share experiences through group work and case studies.

Details: CNA bookings, 020-7566 7632.

Fincare 2001 11-13 September, Durham The Healthcare Financial Management Association is organising an intensive management development programme designed for senior NHS finance professionals.

'Fincare 2001' provides a chance to work alongside international leaders to develop their skills, improve performance in the context of their own organisation and prepare to survive and succeed in the constantly changing profiles of the NHS.

Details: Hannah Cox, 0117-929 4795.

Babies and autism 15 September, London 'Can babies have autism', a halfday conference for professionals and parents concerned with autism and intervention, is organised by the Tavistock & Portman trust. The early identification and treatment of autism is an important issue and new research on early detection is beginning to shed light on the course and nature of the condition of autism.

Details: conference and external events unit,020-7447 3829.

Velo-city conference 17-18 September, Edinburgh 21-22 September, Glasgow Velo-city 2001 is the world's biggest cycle planning conference with health and wellbeing as one of five conference themes as organisers will concentrate heavily on community-based issues.

Details: secretariat, 0141-434 1500.

Cross-boundaries 20-21 September, Edinburgh Napier University's faculty of health and life sciences is holding an international conference on 'Crossing the boundaries' to offer an opportunity for a wide range of healthcare professionals and academics to enter into an interdisciplinary debate and discussions.

Details: Blanche Stewart, 0131-536 5686.

21st anniversary 22-23 September, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Steps, the National Association for Children with Lower Limb Abnormalities, is celebrating their 21st anniversary with a conference and party for members and the medical profession.Workshops include group and local development, the Ilizarov frame and prosthetics.

Details: Georgina Firth, 0118-972 6187.