COMMUNITY HOSPITALS

26 January, London

The Community Hospitals Association conference has organised a conference on Community hospitals: threats and opportunities.

Details: Barbara Moore, 01460-55951.

MEDICAL SYSTEMS AND DEVICES

28 January, Solihull

The NHS market for medical systems and devices: understanding the changing marketplace, organised by IBC UK Conferences and the Association of British Health-Care Industries, will provide guidance for manufacturers, suppliers and procurement professionals.

Details: Bookings department, 0171-453 5492.

FOR AND AGAINST BENCHMARKING

3 February, Crewe; 4 March, Manchester;

22 April, York

A series of half-day seminars on Benchmarking and best value, run by the Benchmarking Reference Centre, will cover getting started, maintaining momentum and achieving measurable improvement.

Details: Sonja Walsh or Adrian Roberts, 01978-727474.

PRIVATE FINANCE

5 February, London; 12 May, Leeds

The role of health authorities in PFI, an NHS Estates seminar, is aimed at health authority staff and service providers.

Details: Barbara Firth, 0113-254 7000.

ALTERNATIVES TO HOSPITAL CARE

6 February, London

The London Health Economics Consortium is hosting a

symposium on Alternatives to hospital care.

Details: Rachel Stokes/Anna Stanley, 0171-580 9798.

EFFECTIVENESS-BASED HEALTHCARE

20 February, London

The Journal and Nursing Times, supported by Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, are holding the third half-day seminar in the Question of Health series. The topic is Can we or should we enforce effectiveness-based healthcare on clinicians?

Details: Laura Shutes, 0171-843 4932.

DISCHARGE PLANNING

6 March, London

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital's medical discharge department is holding a study day for healthcare and social care professionals entitled Discharging towards the millennium.

Details: Sheena King, 0181-846 1560.