Forthcoming events of interest

HealTAC 2019 – save the date!

Date: 24 -25 April 2019
Venue: Cardiff

Following the exciting HealTAC 2018, the UK healthcare text analytics network (Healtex) is organising the second conference in the series next April in Cardiff, Wales.

Healthcare narratives recorded in documents such as encounter notes, discharge letters, nurse handover notes, imaging/pathology reports, patient-generated data posts in surveys and social media, etc. represent a key communication stream that contains the majority of actionable and contextualised information. Despite them being increasingly available in a digital form, they are yet to be routinely analysed on a large scale. The conference aims to bring the academic, healthcare, industrial and patient communities together to explore the current state of the art and share best practice, key results and common challenges.

The first (formal) call for contributions will follow shortly, inviting full and short papers, posters, demos and special sessions. The event will also provide a forum for PhD students and industrial partners to present their work.

The conference will be subsidised by Healtex – so please start preparing you contributions!

Here are the key dates:

– Call for contributions: November 2nd, 2018
– Deadline for papers, posters, demos, special sessions: January 21th, 2019
– Notification of acceptance: February 18th, 2019
– Conference: April 24th and 25th, 2019

Please feel free to forward to your colleagues and collaborators.

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Cardiff University Festival of Data Innovation

Date: 3 May 2019
Venue: Cardiff University (Main Building, Park Place)

The Data Innovation Research Institute (DIRI) is delighted to announce our inaugural Festival of Data Innovation.

The festival is an opportunity for all interested in data science, AI, analytics and related disciplines, to meet, learn from each other and understand how DIRI supports research, teaching and engagement with industry.

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NICE Annual Conference 2019

Date: 9 May 2019
Venue: Manchester

NICE 2019: Transforming care celebrates 20 years of NICE’s commitment to innovation, excellence and evidence-based health and care.  

Bringing frontline staff and leaders from health and care together with the life sciences, healthtech and digital sectors, the event outlines NICE’s essential role supporting the delivery of high quality, fully-integrated, person-centred care.  

The plenary and parallel programme will explore topics ranging from how human factors affect patient safety, to proving the value of health apps and ensuring that mental and physical healthcare are truly integrated.

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RCBCWales Community of Scholars Showcase Event

Realising the Potential of Health and Care Research in Wales: From Ideas to Impact

Date: Thursday, 16 May 2019
Venue: The Assembly Room, City Hall, Cardiff, 9:30am- 2:00pm 


  1. To showcase RCBC’s success in building research capacity and improving health in Wales 
  2. To spotlight the impact of research conducted by health care professionals
  3. To provide opportunities for attendees to share research and impact opportunities

What to expect:

Keynotes, Panels, Poster exhibition, Impact stories


  1. Insight into the changing nature and impact of health research in Wales
  2. An understanding of the impact research conducted by RCBCWales Fellows is having throughout Wales (and beyond)
  3. Stronger research networks among clinical clusters


Healthcare professionals working across all settings, sectors and grades; clinical academics; NHS Research and Development Leads; Senior Service Managers and Commissioners; those based in Health and Social Research Centres and Units; and researchers working in health-related fields from all sectors.

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Aneurin Bevan UHB 10th Annual R&D Conference

Research for Clinical Futures Delivering “A Healthier Wales”

Date: 11th June 2019
Venue: Christchurch Centre, Newport.

Confirmed speakers include: Mrs Judith Paget (Aneurin Bevan UHB CEO), Mrs Hayley Heard, (Head of Bowel Screening Wales), Ms Consuelo Hartprieto (Aneurin Bevan UHB), Dr David Gillespie (Cardiff University), Mr James Knowles (Swansea University).


Free paper abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be invited.

Further information

Storytelling in Health 2: An International Conference

Date: 27th-29th June 2019

Thursday 27th PhD student day in the Atrium, Cardiff 
Friday 28th & Saturday 29th in Waterfront Museum, Swansea 

Talks, performances, workshops & fringe events from artists, patients, clinicians and academics

KEYNOTE PERFORMANCE Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, aka renowned performance company Split Britches, will be bringing a new version of their show ‘the RUFF Story’ as the keynote premiere performance on Friday evening

PLUS great evenings with Beyond the Border presents on Thursday evening and People Speak Up on Saturday.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr Kathryn Mannix has spent her medical career working with people who have incurable, advanced illnesses. Starting in cancer care and changing career to become a pioneer of the new discipline of palliative medicine, she has worked as a palliative care consultant in teams in hospices, hospitals and in patients’ own homes, optimising quality of life even as death is approaching. See more at


Pip Hardy & Tony Sumner of Patient Voices and Susan Ashby & Rachel White from Keele University

We will also be welcoming speakers from the fields of health, storytelling and policy – See full programme at

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If you haven’t got your ticket yet then they are a few still available at

Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar

The health workforce in Wales: implementing the workforce strategy, planning for the future and protecting staff wellbeing 

Date 13th June 2019 (Morning)
Venue: Central Cardiff

This timely conference examines the future for the health and social care workforce in Wales, focusing on the workforce strategyand long term workforce planning, including in the context of Brexit. 

The seminar takes places in light of the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales, and the Welsh Government’sHealthier Wales plan, which includes the setting up of a new Workforce Strategy for Health and Social Care in Wales. 

As discussion is expected on the impact of the workforce strategy on universities, and the role they will play in delivering the strategy, we thought this might be of interest. There will be a keynote address from Julie Rogers, Deputy Chief Executive, HEIW. 

The strategy is expected to focus on joint regional workforce planning, expanding generalist skills and modelling for future needs, as well as on making staff feel valued with measures including career support, multi-professional learning opportunities and further provisions aimed at enabling staff to deliver the best care possible.

Note: fees apply for most delegates, but concessionary and complimentary places are available.

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The Welsh NHS: clinical, care and research communities meet to share innovation and showcase collaboration

MediWales Connects -

Date: 2nd July 2019
Venue: The Great Hall, Swansea University 

Supported by Andrew Goodall, Chief Executive of NHS Wales, we are delighted to announce the date for MediWales Connects 2019!

Conference theme: Delivering Innovation

Please register your interest by contacting

Head over to the website to view last years programme and sponsorship packages here.

Don't forget - NHS and MediWales member discounts will be available so keep your eyes out for more information coming soon! 

SAPC Annual Conference 2019

Primary Care: Arriving? Or departing?

Date: 3-5 July 2019

Venue: University of Exeter, UK 

The University of Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx) are delighted to be hosting the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC)

Early bird registration until Friday 3rd May 2019.

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The Welsh Stroke Conference

Date: 3rd & 4th July 2019
Venue: Cardiff Metropolitan University, Llandaff Campus, Cardiff

We encourage healthcare professionals from all disciplines connected with stroke care in Wales and further afield in England, Scotland and abroad to attend. This includes the doctors, nurses and all allied health professionals of all grades to attend and benefit from the excellent programme developed this year.

The audience is always highly motivated to learn about recent advances in stroke research, new developments in service delivery and to see the excellent range of scientific posters exhibited.

Our conference aims to:

  • Provide robust evidence-based learning
  • Improve service delivery
  • Further attendees’ overall knowledge and understanding of current local and international research and practice in care and management of stroke patients
  • Improve attendees’ skills in the treatment and care of stroke survivors
  • Inspire attendees to achieve personal excellence in care of stroke survivors
  • Take away new developments and ideas to progress their workplace services to stroke survivors
  • Ultimately improve stroke survivors’ clinical outcomes

You will find below links to:

  • The programme
  • The registration page
  • Submitting abstracts
  • Nomination forms and guidance notes for the Welsh Stroke Excellence Awards

Please remember to book your place by the 3rd June in order to receive the EARLY BIRD rate. Please note that online registration will close at 23:59 on 26th June.

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