Forthcoming events of interest

HiAP 2018: A Strategy for Improving Population Health

Date: 6th February 2018
Venue: RSM London

This conference will ensure that attendees are informed about the health, equity and sustainability consequences of various policy development process, allowing them to improve the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.

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Wales School for Social Care Research  2nd Annual Conference:
'The Time is right'.

Date: 14 February 2018
Time: 09:00 - 16:00
Venue: City Hall, Cardiff, CF10 3ND

The Wales School for Social Care's second annual conference will explore the dynamic connections between social care research and practice, and how links can be strengthened in ways that create positive impact. Read more and register

Getting Wales Moving: Delivering on the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act

What are the economic opportunities of a more skilled and physically active Wales?

Attend for a new approach to progressive networking, thought provoking presentations and contribute to panel debates - all designed to accelerate and enhance outcomes

Date: 15 February 2018
Venue: Hilton Cardiff Hotel

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act provides the encouragement, permission and obligation to make the changes needed and drastically improve the economic, physical and mental wellbeing of current and future generations through the creation of a healthier, more prosperous, more cohesive and more resilient society.

A fundamental feature of the WBFG Act was to create the role of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. Since taking up this role, Sophie Howe has shown that she is determined to support a move away from the tick box approach to duties and responsibilities and towards a real integrated long term approach to delivering services that supports people now and into the future through a radical and collaborative approach to service delivery.

To this end a strategic plan 2017 - 2023 has been formed and consists of a series of themes and principles, one of which centres around the importance of embedding and designing in physical literacy and activity across all demographics and age ranges irrespective of social circumstance and privilege.

This conference will focus on exploring key areas for action which tackle the causes and consequences of the likely impacts of future generations health and wellbeing. The conference will seek ideas and solutions around the following areas:

  • How can we become healthier for longer?
  • What skills, training and support do our communities need to thrive?
  • What do the WBFG 5 ways of working mean for daily delivery?
  • What are the economic opportunities of a more skilled and physically active Wales?

More information.

Stroke Research, Innovation, Education & Care Symposium

Date: 21 February 2018
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1 (Room 0023), Cardiff School of Management building, Llandaff Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University

A series of seminars presented by Stroke Hub Wales & Cardiff Metropolitan University - see attached flyer for details.

Bright Ideas for General Practice

Date: 27 February 2018, 12:00-16:30
Venue: Novotel Hotel, Schooner Way, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff, CF10 4RT

Audience: GP, GP Trainee, First5, Nurse, Practice manager, Practice nurse

The RCGP's Bright Ideas initiative recognises that GPs and practice staff regularly see opportunities to improve their practice, and often do so by taking a fresh and innovative approach. We want these new approaches to be recognised, celebrated and shared, to inspire other practices to consider implementing ideas which have been successful elsewhere to address issues in their practice and to encourage innovative thinking across general practice.

The event will include presentations from six Bright Ideas submitters whose ideas have shown a real impact to practice staff, practice processes and/or patient care. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask them questions about implementation and impact and input into tabletop discussions on innovation in general practice.

Some of the Bright Ideas being presented include:

  • QR info pods
  • Audit of patients at risk of pre-diabetes
  • Physical activity improvements for practice staff
  • GP Deep End project

Further information

Digital Health Ecosystem Wales Spring Event

Date: Tuesday 6 March
Venue: Cardiff Bay

Digital Health Ecosystem Wales is a network connecting developers and companies with innovative digital health solutions with the NHS in Wales. Companies will be able to meet with NHS Wales collaborating to bring in new innovations or to resolve problems as well as learning and sharing best practice on themes of current interest.

The first event being held by the Digital Health Eco System Wales will take place on Tuesday 6thMarch 2018 in Cardiff. The event will be held in Cardiff Bay and full location and venue details will be published once our EventBrite page goes live.

The event will take place in two parts.

The morning event will be the opportunity to learn of the digital health ecosystem in Wales and beyond. With keynote speakers and up to the moment content it is your chance to discover what is new and relevant in digital health.

The afternoon event is a NHS challenge-led event around the them of Resource tracking. Hear directly from the NHS about this vital un met need; discuss approaches and solutions and hear from those whose technologies may provide answers.

Further information  and book

BioWales 2018

Date: 6-7 March 2018
Venue: Wales Millennium Centre

BioWales is the flagship event for the life sciences sector in Wales, and has established itself as one of the UK’s leading life science conferences. Now in its 16th year, the event returns to the Wales Millennium Centre on the 7th March 2018.

The theme of this year’s event is Innovation, Partnerships and Prosperity.

Our aim is to improve health and well-being in Wales, for individuals, families and communities, helping us to achieve our ambition of prosperity for all. The conference will look at how accelerating change and creating value across the Welsh health and care system will make it easier for transformational partnerships to deliver and thrive.

Further information:

Public Health Wales Research Showcase

Public Health Research, Policy and Practice Conference

Date: Thursday 8th March 2018, 09:30-15:00
Venue: Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff

Public Health Wales’ Policy, Research and International Development Directorate are hosting an event to showcase the impact of research from across Public Health Wales together with our partners.

A panel debate will discuss ‘How can research influence policy and practice in Wales?’

There will be the option to submit a poster abstract at registration!

This event is FREE to attend and open to all Public Health Wales staff and collaborators with an interest in public health research.

To book, please visit Eventbrite by clicking here

My Home Life Cymru Conference 2018

Date: 8 March 2018
Time: 09:00 - 15:45
Venue: Bridge Innovation Centre, Pembroke Dock
Cost: £42.00 + booking fee

A conference for care homes

This inspirational day of learning, reflection and fun will provide a mix of speakers and workshops from various organisations which are promoting best practice in care homes across Wales. 

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Abstract call: South West SAPC Regional Meeting 2018

Date: 13th and 14th March 2018
Venue: Plymouth,  Building primary care for the future - research, education and practice 

We are pleased to let you know that registration and abstract submission for the South West SAPC Regional Meeting are now open, and would be grateful if you could please circulate information about the event and encourage attendance.

The South West Regional Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care will take place at the University of Plymouth in 2018, hosted by the Community and Primary Care Research Group, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. The conference opens at 12:00 on Tuesday 13th March and closes at 14:00 on Wednesday 14th March, and we will also host a post conference student and trainee workshop which will include presentations.

We will be delighted to receive abstracts from senior and early career researchers, educators, teachers and students, as well as individuals involved in service development, from the academic primary care community.

Submitted work can include research in progress as well as educational or service developments.
Abstracts should be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 21st November 2017. 

For further details about the conference, registration and to submit your abstract, please visit

We are also seeking external peer reviewers and session chairs, please contact for more information.

Care Provider Summit 2018

Now in its fifth year, the annual Care Provider Summit offers a space for providers of care services to come together and discuss key issues in social care.

Run in partnership with Care Forum Wales, it is one of the few conferences available that gives both third sector and independent care providers the opportunity to address the challenges facing the sector.

There will be practical workshops which will help you improve your day to day work, as well as opportunities to contribute to the discussion and feed back from the front line of social care provision in Wales.

Venue: Marriott Cardiff 
Date: Wednesday 14 March, 9.00 till 4.30
Buffet lunch and refreshments included

Further information:

Health and Care Research Wales Support and Delivery annual event 2018

Date: 15th March 2018 09.00- 17.00
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium

This event is open to Health and Care Research Wales Support and Delivery staff.

Registration will open next year.  Update to follow!

PHE Public Health Research and Science Conference 2018

Date: 20-21 March 2018
Venue: Warwick University

The Public Health Research and Science Conference 2018 will focus on the application of scientific methods to protect and improve health.

The purpose of this conference is to support high quality and innovative science through the sharing of good practice and to help strengthen scientific activity. The focus will be on the application of scientific methods to protect and improve health, including the work of the NIHR Health Protection Research Units.

The key aims are to:

  • support the development of public health scientific capacity and skills
  • raise standards for research and scientific activity and celebrate scientific excellence
  • support  the development of collaborations between Public Health England and academia 
  • provide opportunities for trainees and junior scientists to present their work with academic rigour
  • support the communication of research findings

The conference programme will comprise a mix of plenary sessions, posters and parallel sessions.  Abstracts are invited for submission via this website by midnight on 11 December 2017 for oral or poster presentation. Please note the change of the deadline to facilitate submissions from those who have only recently heard about the event. More information

Involving People Network Annual Meeting 2018

Date: 21 March, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:15
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff 

Calling all researchers!  This event is an opportunity to involve the public in your research.

We are building on the successes and lessons learnt from last year’s pitches and inviting you to present your research project or idea in a collaborative workshop at the Involving People Network annual meeting on 21 March 2018.

Find out more and apply for a session

BJGP Research Conference

Date: 23rd March 2018
Venue: London

The BJGP Research Conference is a remarkable opportunity for researchers to present their work in a constructive, peer-reviewed environment, to hear from leading figures in primary care research, and to acquire new skills in writing, appraisal, and presentation. The conference will contain a unique combination of research presentations with moderated feedback, workshops on many aspects of writing and publishing research, and keynote presentations from leaders in the field.

The conference will consist of a mixture of inspirational keynote speeches, parallel sessions in which presenters, chosen on the basis of submitted abstracts, will have the opportunity to present for 15 to 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes or so of moderated discussion and individualised, bespoke feedback from the moderator, and structured workshops on various aspects of writing for publication, given by Professor Roger Jones, BJGP Editor and others involved in medical publishing.

More information

999 EMS Research Conference

Date: 26th & 27th March 2018
Venue: Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling FK9 5PH

This year our conference theme is 'Research for Impact in 999 Emergency Care' and will be hosted by Scottish Ambulance Service and University of Stirling. The conference will take place in Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling on 27 March 2018. We are delighted to announce two exciting pre-conference workshop sessions and pre-conference networking, drinks reception and dinner, which will be taking place on 26 March, 2018.

The pre-conference workshops will be aimed at paramedics and researchers looking to develop skills in relation to writing a peer reviewed paper and planning research projects and getting it funded.

For the first time there will be a networking opportunity dedicated to researchers on 26 March, which will be free for those who would like to attend. The pre-conference drinks reception is also free for all delegates. This has been kindly sponsored by Stirling Council. To avoid disappointment please book early for both or either of these free events.

Registration open at:

RDCS Research Ideas Event - Developing a Successful Research Idea

Date: Monday 16th April 2018
Venue: Cardiff University (Glamorgan Building)

The Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS), based in the Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University, will be hosting a one-day research ideas event (free of charge) on Monday 16th April 2018.

The event is aimed at those employed in the Health and Social care sectors who have early stage ideas for research projects and is ideal for both first-time researchers or seasoned researcher who want to develop a new idea.

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HEALTAC-2018: UK Healthcare Text Analytics Conference

Date: April 18-19, 2018,
Venue: Manchester

The HealTAC 2018 aims to bring the academic, NHS, industrial and patient communities together to discuss the current state of the art in processing the healthcare narrative and share experience, results and challenges.

We invite various types of submissions, including papers, posters, PhD student papersdemos and panels, that propose ways to address the variety of aspects involved in using healthcare free text, including but not limited to

  • Information extraction from healthcare free-text: identification of clinical variables and their values in free-text
  • Medical ontologies and coding of healthcare text
  • Machine-learning approaches to healthcare text analytics
  • Processing patient-generated data (e.g. social media, health forums, diaries)
  • Processing clinical literature and trial reports
  • Integration of structured and unstructured resources for health applications
  • Text analytics and learning health systems
  • Real-world application of text analytics
  • Real-time processing of healthcare free-text
  • Sharing resources for healthcare text analytics (data and methods)
  • Public engagement, privacy and text analytics
  • Evaluation and assessment of text analytics methods
  • Text mining for veterinary medicine
  • Processing speech in healthcare applications
  • Phenotyping and patient matching

Details on how to submit a contribution can be found at

WONCA World Health Conference 2018

Healing the heart of healthcare

Date: 27-29 April 2018
Venue: New Delhi, India

Half the world's population currently live in rural and remote areas. The rural-urban divide is a consistent feature across the world, existing in all regions and within all countries and poses a major challenge to the nationwide provision of health services.

WRHC 2018 is being organised in the background of aspiration for achieving Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Health is centrally placed in the SDG 2030 agenda. The health goal (SDG3) is comprehensive: 'to ensure healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages'. The implementation of SDGs needs every country to judiciously prioritise, and adapt the goals in accordance with local challenges, capacities and resources available.

A country's approach must systematically and simultaneously address legal coverage and rights, health-worker shortages, extension of health-care protection, and quality of care. 15th WONCA World Rural Health Conference is an apt opportunity to bring stake holders from all over world; bringing together international best practices and brainstorming sessions addressing current and future challenges in rural health.

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Rethinking Remote 2018 - Call for Abstracts

Date: 24 - 25 May 2018
Venue: Eden Court, Inverness

Rethinking Remote - Innovative Solutions in Remote and Rural Communities Healthcare



The Scottish Rural Health Partnership, based in the Highlands of Scotland seeks to foster thoughts and ideas sharing to find solutions to the many challenges of providing health care to remote and rural communities worldwide. Our wide network of national and international colleagues with involvement in remote and rural healthcare includes partners and stakeholders from academia, healthcare education, health and social care providers, the Armed Forces and Industry.

This year's conference is building on the success of the inaugural meeting of 2016 and has five principal themes relevant to remote healthcare - Emergency Management and Pre-hospital Care; Education and Professional Support; Community Engagement; Technology (including drones, robots, satellites and remote diagnosis and communication); Community Care (including physical and mental health and wellbeing).

The Rethinking Remote 2018 Conference will be having a poster session and four free papers sessions which will include 4 oral presentations in each session showcasing innovative work around the five themes of the conference. We will be inviting submissions which are examples of research, service development, an international perspective, multi-agency working. All abstracts that are accepted will entitle the author to register to the conference at the Early Bird discounted rate.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION will commence end January - 1 March 2018

Further information:

WONCA Europe 2018

Date: 24-27 May 2018
Venue: Krakow, Poland

WONCA Europe and the College of Family Physicians in Poland are pleased to invite you to the 23rd WONCA Europe Conference which will be held on 24 – 27 May 2018 in Krakow, Poland.

The theme of the Conference is "Family Medicine: Quality, Efficiency, Equity”.

Throughout Europe, General Practitioners and Family Doctors practice everyday to provide to their patients high quality primary medical care. They play a key role in the healthcare systems to make efficient use of limited resources and to assure equal care to all patients.

Nowadays, as Europe faces new crises, preserving these the universal values: Quality, Efficiency and Equity is a new challenge for all family physicians and we want to discuss them during the conference in Kraków. We invite researchers, educators, managers, but especially practising doctors to contribute to this debate.

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Aneurin Bevan UHB Research & Development Conference 2018  - abstract submissions now open

Date: 19 June 2018
Time: 09:30 - 16:00
Venue: Christchurch Centre, Newport

Deadline for abstract submission: 6 April 2018

The theme of the conference is 'Research – Access All Areas'. You are invited to submit an abstract for either an oral or poster presentation on any of the following:

  • Innovative research that has led to a change in clinical practice
  • Patient experiences of research
  • Research that has led to service improvement/developments
  • Innovative grant applications

Read more and submit your abstract

MediWales Connects Conference 2018

Date: 20th June 2018
Venue: Swansea

The only event of its kind for the health and care community, MediWales Connects is an all Wales NHS collaboration conference

MediWales Connects brings together Welsh health boards, trusts and bodies within one place to connect & collaborate.

How can collaboration lead to change?

Conference Themes:

  • Designing Improvement
    Human centred design, design thinking, leadership for improvement
  • Demonstrating Impact
    How communicating evidence successfully can influence change
  • Re-engineering the Frontline
    The human approach, the technological approach and the interface between humans and technology
  • NHS People
    Improving the health and wellbeing of staff

Further information

Save the date: 17th Welsh Stroke Conference

Date: 4 July 2018
Time: To be announced
Venue: All Nations Centre, Cardiff

Registration goes live: 1 February 2018

The Welsh Stroke Conference - organised on behalf of the Welsh Association of Stroke Physicians and the Welsh Stroke Alliance - is one of the biggest multidisciplinary events in Wales and is a significant fixture in the educational calendar for stroke in the UK. Read more

Health Services Research UK Conference

Date: 26th & 27th March 2018
Venue: Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling FK9 5PH

Call for abstracts
The HSRUK Conference presents the leading edge of health services research. The programme is multidisciplinary and includes research presentations and posters, and plenaries from research and service leaders. Delegates attend from a range of organisations: NHS and social care bodies, patient and citizen groups, universities and research institutes, industry and commercial knowledge consultancy, central and local government and the third sector.

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Transforming Community & Public Health: Inspiring Future Generations

Date: 16th and 17th July 2018
Location: Swansea University, Bay Campus, Swansea. SA1 8EN

Swansea University in conjunction with the International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research (ICCHNR) are pleased to host an International Symposium focusing on Transforming Community and Public Health: Inspiring Future Generations, on the 16th and 17th July 2018.

The aim of the Symposium is to explore the impact and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on addressing the health and wellbeing needs of today’s population and those of future generations.

This event is relevant for all nurses and other health and social care practitioners whether in practice, education or management whose focus is within community or primary care.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Open until the 1st March 2018. Guidance for poster abstracts and ViPER submissions can be found here:  Poster and ViPER guidance

Royal Statistical Society Conference

Date: 3-6 September 2018
Venue: Cardiff

Programme planning for the conference will be led by Daniel Farewell and Rhian Daniel from the School of Medicine at Cardiff University, who said: 'We're delighted the RSS Conference is returning to Cardiff. A lot has changed in the Welsh capital since last we met here in 2005: come and see what's new!'

Further details to follow.