Forthcoming events of interest

Please note that the events listed below may now be cancelled or adversely affected by COVID-19 - Please confirm with organisations 

Developing a Research Idea workshop

Date: 25 March 2020
Location: Cardiff University

This one day workshop run by the Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS) is for staff working in the NHS and social care. 

It is aimed at those who have an initial idea for research and wish to take the next steps to developing it into a funded project. 

It is also suitable for those seeking inspiration for a research idea.

The day will be a mix of short presentations and small group discussions, facilitated by RDCS consultants on topics including aspects of a good research idea, developing your idea, selecting an appropriate design and public and patient involvement in research.

Tomorrow's Health 2020: Working together for a healthier Wales!

We’re pleased to announce that bookings are now open for our national conference, Tomorrow’s Health 2020.

Please book your place today!

When?          Wed 25 & Thu 26 March 2020
Where?         Venue Cymru, Llandudno, north Wales
Who?             For those working in health and social care, industry, academia and third sector

You can find out more about the conference, speakers and programme announcements by visiting


  • Register now for your complimentary delegate pass. Don't delay as places are limited.
  • You can book now by clicking here: Book Conference

Book Launch - Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries: Reframing Practice 

Date: Wednesday 25 March 2020, 3.00pm 
Venue: USW Newport Campus Library

USW warmly invites you to a local launch of the first book on art therapy in museums and galleries, co-edited by Ali Coles (MA Art Psychotherapy Joint Course Leader) and Helen Jury (past Course Leader) and published by Jessica Kingsley on 21st February 2020. 

Please join us at USW Newport Campus Library at 3.00pm on Wednesday 25 March for tea/coffee and Welsh cakes.  Ali and Helen will give short presentations about the book and there will be the opportunity for informal discussion and networking. 

The book is available for pre-order at

Family Resilience: Taking the concept out into the world - WEBINAR (free to participate) - POSTPONED, new date to follow

You are invited to attend the ‘Family Resilience: Taking the concept out into the world’ webinar event hosted by the University of South Wales on Thursday 26th March 2020.

Following the successful launch and implementation of FRAIT (Family Resilience Assessment Instrument and Tool) in Wales (2017), we will be showcasing the latest developments with a view to building an international network for addressing family resilience.

A full programme for the day will be shared with delegates shortly.

FRAIT, the Family Resilience Assessment Instrument and Tool created by health visitors for health visitors to use in their daily practice. The FRAIT comprises of the FRAI (Family Resilience Assessment Instrument) and the FRAT (Family Resilience Assessment Tool), both of which form an evidenced based assessment for health visitors in their daily practice. Its purpose is to assist health visitors in decision making, care planning and planning for further interventions and resources. Using this standardised approach can help to provide an opening with families to discuss resilience and its protective factors.

For further information on FRAIT please see:

Wallace C, Dale F, Jones G, O'Kane J, Thomas M, Wilson L, Pontin D. Developing the health visitor concept of family resilience in Wales using Group Concept Mapping. Rural and Remote Health 2018; 18: 4604. DOI: 10.22605/RRH4604

Pontin D, Thomas M, Jones G, O’Kane J, Wilson L, Dale F, Whitcombe D & Wallace C., 2019. Developing a family resilience assessment tool for health visiting/public health nursing practice using virtual commissioning, high-fidelity simulation and focus groups. Journal of Child Health Care. 1-12. DOI: 10.1177/1367493519864743

Register for the free webinar here 

Why research matters in social care

Date: 2 April 2020
Time: 09:00 - 11:00
Location: Unite Building, Cardiff

Guest speaker, Professor Chris Taylor, Academic Director of Social Science Research Park (SPARK) Cardiff University, will reflect on his experiences of embedding research into practice and why it matters.

George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Annual Symposium

Date: 3rd and 4th April 2020

Call for Proposals: Storytelling and Mothers 

We invite proposals for academic papers (15 minutes), panel sessions (45 minutes), workshops (45 minutes) and short performances (up to 15 minutes in length) for the fourteenth annual George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling symposium on the theme of storytelling and motherhood.  We are seeking contributions that address motherhood in relation to performance storytelling, applied storytelling and narrative in fields including, but not limited to: performance studies; storytelling studies; arts for health, wellbeing and social care; maternal studies; literary studies; and other related disciplines.  We would like to provide an opportunity to our wide range of attendees i.e. storytellers and practitioners from allied artforms, researchers, community workers, youth workers, post-graduate students and others, and welcome innovative formats for presentations.

If you would like to contribute, please submit abstracts of not more than 300 words by Sunday 23 February to Georgina Biggs, Research Assistant, Performance and the Maternal, email:

Further information:

Behaviour Change for Health: Current & Emerging Science & Technologies

Dates: 6th-7th April 2020
Venue: Central London

The UCL Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC) is delighted to announce the 6th annual conference taking place at the UCL Institute of Education in central London on Monday 06 and Tuesday 07 April 2020. Conference workshops will be running Wednesday 08 April 2020. 

The conference welcomes submissions on research and practice to change health-related behaviour using digital and non-digital approaches. The Scientific Committee will be looking for talks, posters, symposia and workshops to stimulate a lively exchange of ideas between academia and industry. 

More information on abstract submissions will be available via the UCL Centre website from mid-September. 

For more information on the conference and to book please visit the CBC website:

17th WONCA World Rural Health Conference 2020

Deadline for abstract submission for the Wonca World Rural Health Conference has been extended until 15th February

Date: 15th - 18th April 2020
Venue: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Achieving Rural Universal Health Coverage Through Community Approach

This is an international event that will see delegates from around the world inspiring and exchanging ideas on the latest developments and challenges in rural family practice and rural and remote health generally.

Further information & registration:

3rd Annual WelshDental Symposium

Date: 6 May 2020
Venue: International Convention Centre Wales, NP18 1HQ

Following the successful Dental Symposium in 2019 we look forward to welcoming dental teams, Health Boards’ primary care teams, and other dental stakeholders to attend the 3rd Annual Welsh Dental Symposium: A 20/20 vision of the Changing Landscape of Dentistry in Wales on 6 May 2020.

Please save the date in your diaries and book your tickets. A full programme of the day will be issued shortly.

The agenda will feature a variety of inspiring speakers and a poster display. There will be plenty of opportunities to gain an understanding and actively participate in discussions on changes being planned in dentistry in Wales. The event should also provide a platform for networking and sharing good practice.

There is no charge to attend this conference but please make sure you can attend before booking your place. Running such an event comes at a considerable cost and we want to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from the symposium.


A Short Breaks Research and Practice Development Exchange Event

Date: 7 May 2020
Time: 09:30 - 15:30
Location: International Convention Centre, Newport / Golden Jubilee Conference Centre, Glasgow

The purpose of this event is to share knowledge and experience across Wales and Scotland about the impact of short breaks and respite care, and the outcomes achieved.

Support & Delivery Service Day - CANCELLED, NEW DATE TO FOLLOW

Time: 08:30 - 16:30
Venue: Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel

Registration is now open for Health and Care Research Wales’ Support & Delivery Service Day 2020. Join together with other Support & Delivery Service colleagues to celebrate your achievements.

Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar: Implementing the Primary Care Model for Wales 

Date: Tuesday, 12th May 2020
Venue: Central Cardiff

Note: fees apply for most delegates, but concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions)

This seminar will be a timely opportunity to examine the ongoing implementation and impact of the Primary Care Model for Wales - a key element of the Transformation Programme in Wales - as the Model undergoes evaluation. 

The context for discussion

The conference takes place in the context of issues emerging from recent policy developments, including:

  • The publication of A Healthier Wales by the Welsh Government in 2018 and the initiation of the Transformation Programme to implement this vision;
  • A number of announcements on how the £100m Transformation Fund will allow Regional Partnership Boards to deliver innovative projects across Wales, including projects to innovate within primary care or reduce pressure on primary care services;
  • The report from the Auditor General for Wales finding that the application of the Model was inconsistent, the pace of reform should increase, and that improved engagement is needed with health staff and patients in order to develop a useful understanding of the Model - discussion at this seminar will look at the implementation of the Model going forward, as well as reform more generally and the communication of the Model to staff and the public;
  • The first Health and Social Care Workforce Strategy for Wales, setting out actions required to meet key aims for the workforce for 2030 - with the final strategy from Health Education and Improvement Wales and Social Care Wales due to be published and implemented shortly, after approval from the Welsh Government. 

The agenda in summary

  • Improving outcomes in primary care: reducing the impact of poor health and tackling health inequalities;
  • Implementing the new model: creating a ‘wellness’ system, local coordination and accessibility;
  • Supporting and developing the Welsh primary care workforce and the first Health and Social Care Workforce Strategy;
  • Key issues for developing in-hours delivery and out-of-hours primary care: sustainability, access and support; and
  • The future for primary and community services in Wales. 

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Palliative care conference

Worth 6 CPD credits, this 1-day conference is packed full of informative sessions, case reviews and networking opportunities. 

Programme highlights:

  • Palliative care in a specialist emergency hospital
  • The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of hospital palliative care 
  • Advance care planning - what is currently happening?

Further information:

The 19th Welsh Stroke Conference will be held on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th June
at the All Nations Centre, Cardiff 

Abstract deadline: 29th March 2020

Further information:

Bevan Connects Health Conference

To change thinking and practice for a healthier Wales

Date: 17th June
Venue: Swansea Bay

We are delighted to announce that we are working in partnership with Wales’s leading health and care think tank the Bevan Commission to deliver an exciting new conference that will take place on June 17, in Swansea.

Bevan Connects will bring together key people from across health, social care, industry and academia to look at how we can change thinking and practice for a healthier Wales.

Further information:

AfroPHC Conference

Dates: 19-21 June 2020
The African Forum for Primary Health Care (AfroPHC) is the voice of the PC/PHC team and its supporters, sharing and supporting each other in advocating for PHC. We want you to join us. We are having a series of webinars in a work up to the AfroPHC Conference 19-21 June 2020. Register for it!  

Please register here for our first webinar at 6pm (GMT) on Tues 18th February 2020.  

The webinar will include luminaries from the nursing discipline talking about nurses and African PHC. 

  • Thembeka Gwagwa, 2nd Vice President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
  • Bongi Sibanda, Coordinator of Anglophone Africa Advanced Practice Nurse Coalition Project (AAAPNC)
  • Judy Khanyola, African Representative for Nursing Now

They will share a bit of background on organisations in the field, their efforts in the space of Primary Health Care in Africa as well as their views on the AfroPHC process.

11th Annual Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Research and Development Conference

Date: 16 June 2020
Venue: Christchurch Centre, Newport

The theme of the conference is the impact of research on outcomes, practice and culture.

call for abstracts that demonstrate research as a core activity through a range of themes is now open.

Closing date for submissions: 17 April 2020

Health Services Research (HSR) UK conference 2020

Date: 2 - 3 July 2020
Time: TBC
Location: University of Manchester

HSR UK is dedicated to the promotion of health services research in policy and practice. Their annual conference is open to everyone interested in health and care services and systems research.

Inaugural clinical research nursing day

Date: 3 July 2020
Time: 09:00 - 16:30
Location: Royal College of Nursing, London

This conference is aimed at all research nurses and midwives from across the UK, and any nurse interested in a career in research.

Save the date: Health and Care Research Wales conference 2020

Date: 7 October 2020
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Add the date for this year's conference to your diaries. More information on this exciting event will follow shortly.

If you are interested in being notified when registration opens, please email us.

RCEM Annual Scientific Conference 2020

Dates: 12 - 14 October 2020
Venue: Manchester

This conference looks at the cutting edge of emergency medicine and features nationally and internationally acclaimed keynote speakers. Abstracts are taken for this conference with posters and presentations from across the emergency medicine speciality - including the Rod Little Award for research presented by EM trainees and the Elizabeth Molyneux Prize for the best paediatric paper submitted. This event is suitable for emergency medicine clinicians across all grades, as well as Advanced Care Practitioners and associated health professionals working in the emergency department or pre-hospital environment.

Please click here to register your interest and be the first to hear when registration opens.