Reducing starvation

5 December, London The Malnutrition Advisory Group is holding a policy forum on 'Starvation in the midst of plenty' to address how malnutrition among patients can be reduced.

Liberal Democrat health spokesman Dr Evan Harris will chair the event.

Details: Tom Thorpe, 020-7309 1127.

Motivating staff

11 December, Oxford An Age Concern training course on 'Motivating staff and team building' aims to examine different ways of motivating people, explore what makes a team effective and efficient, assess the motivation of staff and position of teams, and develop an action plan.

Details: Paula Johnson, 01543-503660.

Citizen consultation

11 December, Birmingham Birmingham University's health services management centre is organising a seminar on 'Establishing new approaches to citizen consultation' to discuss the future of public consultation in the NHS, including the potential roles of the proposed local voices and patients' forums and the work of overview and scrutiny committees led by local authorities.

Details: Ingrid Leeman, 0121-414 7058.

Shared services

11 December, Boroughbridge A Pay and Workforce Research workshop on 'Shared services' will look at the reasons for and benefits of shared services.

Details: Becky Bird, 01423-720200.

When a baby dies

13 December, London The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths is holding a conference, 'Professionals responding when a baby dies', on how to deal with the sudden and unexpected death of a baby. This event forms a part of the FSID's campaign for a more coordinated, effective approach to sudden and unexpected deaths.

Details: FSID, 020-7222 8001.

Public health

17 December, Manchester 'Delivering improvements in public health' is a half-day session for the North West non-executive network, arranged by the Manchester University's centre for healthcare management.

Details: Linda Ingle, 0161-275 2911.

NHS Direct

11 January, London The '2nd NHS Direct London research conference' is organised by the Immediate Access Project and NHS Direct Central London and Anglia Network. Topics include evaluation of the national exemplar programme for integration of out-ofhours care, possibilities in the research of NHS Direct, and the training and retention of NHS Direct nurses.

Details: Marilyn Peters, 020-7848 5710.

Open Learning

14-15 January, Manchester An Emap Healthcare open learning conference focuses on 'Achieving the NHS plan with open learning'. The event aims to support the health service in meeting the objectives of the NHS plan, provide a forum for delegates to network, champion issues associated with professional development for healthcare practitioners, and raise the profile of open learning with trusts, confederations and academics.

Details: conference department, 020-7874 0600.