Primary care best practice

4 November, Dumfries The Dumfries and Galloway management club of the Institute of Healthcare Management is holding an evening looking at 'Best practice in primary care' at local and national level. Members and non-members are welcome. Details: Bob Scott-Brown, 01387-253333.

Orthotics conference

8 November, London 'Do you want to help raise the profile of orthotics in the New NHS?' is the title of a conference, held by emPower, a consortium of 34 disability charities. Health minister John Hutton will give the keynote address. Topics include interaction between staff and service users, standards of care for children with limb deficiencies, evidence-based service developments and R&D. Contact: emPower conference officer, 0181-788 9464.

Primary care

10 November, Birmingham Birmingham University's health service management centre is arranging a conference on 'Developing primary and community care: new models, new roles'. Key points include the development and use of local contracts, the changing roles and responsibilities of nurses and doctors, and the views of service users. Details: Joan Jones, 0121-414 3086.

Education workshop

11 November, London PriSM, the primary care network of the North London Education Consortium, is holding a workshop and seminars on interprofessional and multidisciplinary working, education needs assessment and continuing professional development, from national policy to local practice. Details: Jonathan McKee, 0171-853 5494.

Narrative-based medicine

12 November, London 'Narrative-based medicine: the research agenda' is the title of a BMJ conference in association with London's Royal Free and University College medical school and Imperial College school of medicine. Details: conference unit, 0171-383 6605.

The vulnerable patient

16 November, Oxford A medico-legal study day on 'Legal and ethical aspects of caring for the vulnerable patient' is organised by Oxford University's continuing professional development centre in collaboration with Ethox, the Oxford centre for ethics and communication in health care practice. It will consider consent, competency and the law. Details: Gaye Walker, 01865-286953.

Care market competition

16 November, Norwich 9 December, Cardiff Age Concern is holding a 'Competing in the care market' training event for all managers new to marketing, sales, and income generation responsibilities in the care sector, with group work and discussion. Details: Paula Johnson, 01543-503660.

Sterile services

15-17 November, Blackpool The Institute of Sterile Services Management is holding its annual conference and exhibition.

Details: Peter Wells, 01722-429213.