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PCG everyday life

25 November, Manchester The northern medical specialist group of the British Computer Society is holding an evening meeting on 'A day in the life of a PCG' with speaker Derek Hathaway, chief executive of Oldham East PCG. Details: Tom Sharpe, 0161-275 5051.

Mental health

25-26 November, Birmingham Birmingham University's health services management centre is organising a workshop on the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Health (Patients in the Community) Act 1995, addressing the roles and duties of executive and non-executive directors and other professionals under the mental health legislation. Details: Joan Jones, 0121-414 3086.

Nicotine research

25-26 November, London 'Tobacco addition: new horizons for the 21st century' is the title of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco's second European conference. It includes a symposium on the Smoking Kills white paper, one year on. Details: Laura Bass, 0171-413 1900.

After brain injury

25-26 November, Belfast An international conference on 'Community re-integration after brain injury' is jointly organised by Down Lisburn trust, NICOD, Headway Belfast, Headway Ireland and the Department of Health and Social Services. Details: Margaret Wilson, 01846-665181 ext 4510.


30 November, York Scunthorpe and Goole Hospitals trust is holding a conference on 'Infections in gastroenterology', covering topics such as food safety legislation, food poisoning surveillance and updates on individual infections. Details: Ruth Leckie, 01724-290144.

Hospital pharmacy

1 December, London 'Forward into the future', a National Association of Pharmacy Managers' conference, includes Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, chair of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, and NHS chief executive Sir Alan Langlands as speakers. Details: Alan Ross, 0161-773 1726.

Orthopaedic screening

1 December, Sheffield A course on implementing an orthopaedic screening service, looking at the successful implementation of a primary carebased orthopaedic screening service by Community Health Sheffield. Details: Rachel Fletcher, 0114-271 6364.

Learning disability

1 December, Birmingham The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities is holding an event on 'Supporting parents with a learning disability', including parents' views. Details: Tom Dyson, 0171-535 7461.

Local health improvement

1 December, London Lord Hunt will speak at a good practice case study conference on 'Local government and health improvement programmes', arranged by the Democratic Health Network. Details: Conference information, 0171-554 2800.