Substance misuse

2 December, London UK anti-drugs co-ordinator Keith Hellawell is speaking at a conference on 'Tackling substance misuse into the millennium', organised by St George's Hospital medical school.

The event will help managers and service providers to think through the challenges of developing future substance misuse services.

Details: Alison Keating, 0181-725 2774.

Information technology

2 December, London The National Association of Primary Care is holding an information management and technology workshop for primary care groups and practices, 'Developing a practical IM&T strategy'. Details: NAPC, 0171-636 7228.


3 December, London Teleconference '99 is an event for clinicians and managers to understand the benefits and implications of telemedicine in the UK and abroad. The conference is organised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital trust and FourSight. Details: Serena Thacker, 0121-212 1597.

Human resources

6 December, London The Institute of Healthcare Management is holding a conference on 'Human resources - delivering on working together', examining the major targets of the Working Together NHS HR strategy and illustrating how progress is being made on the ground. Details: Events department, 0171-460 7654.

Mental health

6 December, London 'Nursing children and adolescents with mental health problems - an agenda for action' is a Royal College of Psychiatrists' research unit event. Details: Sam Coombs, 0171-235 2351 ext 234.

Assessing audit

7 December, Leeds The Audit Commission is offering another 'First assessment' follow-up seminar. Details: Lisa Bradburn, 0171-828 1212.

Care in the community

8 December, London The community care development centre at King's College London presents a conference on 'PCGs and local communities: real gains through new partnerships'. Details: Geoff Hodgson, 0171-633 0241.

Learning disabilities

8-9 December The Royal College of Nursing is organising a conference on learning disabilities entitled 'Partnership in practice', following the success of last year's event. Details: Anna-Maria Nilsson 0171 647 3584.

Clinical excellence

8-9 December, Harrogate 'Clinical excellence: spreading good practice' is the annual conference and exhibition organised by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. Speakers include NICE chair Professor Sir Michael Rawlins and chief executive Andrew Dillon. Details: Louise Leage, 0151-709 8979.