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Management skills 16 November, Manchester Manchester Centre for Healthcare Management is holding a one-day conference on 'Understanding and influencing the organisation' as part of a development programme. There will be a combination of active learning, discussion groups and simulation exercises.

Details: Linda Ingle, 0161-275 2911.

NHS Direct 17 November, London The Immediate Access Project and NHS Direct South East London are organising a half-day conference on 'NHS Direct' to present current research findings and develop a London NHS Direct research network.

Details: Marilyn Peters, 020-7848 5710.

Swimming pools 17 November, London 'Swimming pools and whirlpools:

health or hazard?' is a one-day symposium considering means of improvement for health and hygiene issues, highlighting the need for a multi-disciplinary approach. The event is organised by the Royal Institute of Public Health & Hygiene and the Society of Public Health and aimed at those working in health promotion, environmental health, communicable disease and microbiology.

Details: Penny Moore or Geri Maylin,020-7291 8361/62.

Prescribing management 21 November, London A prescribing management training day on respiratory medicine, including influenza, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, organised by Lynda Price Associates, for prescribing advisers, prescribing lead clinicians and others.

Details: Lynda Price, 01582-461660.

Setting an agenda for HIV 24 November, Manchester 'Agenda for changing times' is a national conference on the future of the HIV voluntary sector, arranged by George House Trust, together with the HIV Alliance.

The conference will address how the HIV voluntary sector can best meet the needs of people with HIV. Conference speakers include Neil Gerrard MP, chair of the all-party parliamentary group on AIDS, Paul McCrory, director of the National Network of HIV and AIDS self-help organisations, John Nicholson, the UK Public Health Association's chief executive, and National AIDS trust director Derek Bodell.

Details: Tim Pickstone or Denise McDowell,0161-274 4499.

Annual conference 25 November, London The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum is holding its annual conference and AGM. The following topics will be discussed: commissioning of services for complex acquired brain injury; implications of mental incapacity for decision-making in acquired brain injury; steps towards implementation of the Royal College of Surgeons' report on head injuries; and the implications of the Human Rights Act on medical issues.

Details: UKABIF, 020-8780 4569.

XML in healthcare 27 November, London HL7 UK, a non-profit-making organisation, is holding a technical seminar on XML, the government's preferred standard for IT communications which is likely to be the basis for future messaging in healthcare. The seminar is suitable for all levels of knowledge of XML.

Details: Kulvy Gordon, 0191-256 3141.