Forthcoming events of interest

Primary Care One Social Prescribing Events:

  • All Wales Social Prescribing Research Network Event 12th September 2018 (Bangor)
  • Social Prescribing : Coming of Age 06th November 2018 (The Kings Fund, London)

Find out more

Integrated Care Matters Webinar Series 3: 
Self Management & Co-production

Date: 23rd October, 2018 12.00 – 13.30 (BST)

The International Foundation for Integrated Care and IFIC Scotland are delighted to introduce the next series of Integrated Matters Webinars. 

Each month, October 2018 to July 2019, the webinars will feature health and care practitioners and managers along with insights from people who currently use health and social care support.  All of our ‘Home and Away’ presenters have experience of implementing people-centred integrated care and will offer learning resources, practical tips and peer support as part of IFIC’s global community of practice.  Each webinar will be accompanied by a topic resource with information on the specific topic discussed.

Sign up to the Special Interest Groups:

Series 3 is presented in collaboration with the Special Interest Groups coordinated by IFIC Scotland and partners from the International Centre for Integrated Care.

The October webinar, co-hosted with Sara Redmond, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, will introduce a new Special Interest Group on Self Management & Coproduction as key elements of people centred integrated care. 

Sign up to the webinar:

Date: Thursday 25th October 5 – 7pm
Venue: Swansea Grand Theatre

Living longer, Working Longer is a research project being run by CADR (the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research) in partnership with Ageing Well in Wales to identify the key issues affecting older workers in Wales.

Dr Martin Hyde at CADR along with Steve Huxton (Ageing Well in Wales) are keen to talk to a wide range of older people across Wales, asking them about their experience of working, looking for work, self-employment and retirement planning. They want to learn about the barriers, obstacles or discrimination that older people face, as well as any positive changes made to jobs and workplaces that support older workers.

A series of listening events are being held  around Wales this autumn, including Swansea.  Anyone aged over 50 is welcome to take part, though they are particularly interested to hear from:

  • People who have recently returned to work after a period of not working.
  • People who are currently looking for work or to change jobs.
  • People who have set up their own business in later life.
  • People who have worked for a long time in the same occupation or industry.

The findings of the events will be shared with everyone who attends, as well as being used to inform future research and policy. There will also an opportunity for people to stay involved in this research as it develops.

For more information, visit, email us at or phone us on 01792 513734

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Health and Care Research Wales Conference 2018

Date: 25 October 2018
Time: 08:30 - 16:30
Venue: SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

Plans for the Health and Care Research Wales Conference 2018 are now well under way.

Be sure to join us and learn more about research relating to this year’s theme: “Future-proofing research in Wales”.

Confirmed speakers include Vaughan Gething, cabinet secretary for Health and Social Services, and Dr Frank Atherton, chief medical officer for Wales. Read more

NCRI Cancer Conference 2018

Date: 4 - 6 November 2018
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Venue: Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow

Are you looking to discover the latest advances in cancer research? The 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference provides the perfect platform for researchers, clinicians, people affected by cancer and industry representatives to showcase and discuss high-quality research. Informative and interactive educational sessions will ensure you’re up-to-date with new insights and developments, and create the ideal setting for you to establish new collaborations with key stakeholders. Read more and register.

Improving Health through Education and Research

Date: 7 November 2018
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Venue: Llandaff Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Stroke Hub Wales invite you to the Stroke Research, Innovation, Education and Care Symposium.

A welcome reception will commence at 17:30 followed by the symposium at 18:00. Find out more

Welsh Public Health conference 2018

Date: 8 - 9 November 2018
Venue: City Hall, Cardiff

Each year, the Welsh Public Health conference aims to drive conversations that include all parts of society in Wales, covering the full spectrum of public health disciplines to explore what we can do to change our nation together.

‘Healthy Planet, Healthy Wales’ is an opportunity for participants across a wide range of sectors to focus on the drivers of health and wellbeing that go beyond health care, to include healthy environment, healthy society, healthy economy and healthy community. Register now.

Sêr Cymru cross-disciplinary Antimicrobial Resistance event

Date: 14 November 2018
Venue: Life Sciences Hub

You are invited to join this cross-disciplinary event, addressing challenges and advances in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) research and showcasing over-arching research being undertaken in this field across the disciplines of environmental sciences, life sciences and engineering.  

This half-day event is open and free to attend for researchers, policy makers, interested industry representatives and members of the public. 

Commencing at 12pm at the Life Sciences Hub, Cardiff, with a networking lunch and poster displays, presentations will be delivered by experts across the AMR field: 

Please register via this link: 

This event is jointly organised by the Sêr Cymru National Research Networks for Life Sciences & HealthAdvanced Engineering & New Materials, and Low Carbon Energy & the Environment

The 3 Sêr Cymru National Research Networks represent and promote excellent research in Wales in three diverse Grand Challenge research areas: life sciences and health, advanced engineering and new materials, and low carbon energy & the environment.

Funded through the Welsh Government Sêr Cymru initiative and HEFCW, the Networks fund PhD studentships and Fellowships, research development activities, platform grants and bridging initiatives, as well as organising public lectures and events.

The 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forum - Call for abstracts

Date: 14 - 16 November 2018
Venue: Maale Hachamisha, Israel

The 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forum will be held in Maale Hachamisha, Israel on November 14th – 16th Wednesday to Friday 2018. The theme for this year’s Forum is “The challenge of the vulnerable and ageing population in rural medicine” and will focus on the importance of delivering quality medical care in remote locations to the old, incapacitated and deprived.

The Forum is designed to bring together family doctors, health professionals and medical trainees, working in rural health settings and offers the opportunity to share experiences and initiatives on how to improve access and the provision of care to those in need.

Abstract submission deadline: 16 September 2018

Read more


Newcastle University PPI Involvement in Research Conference 2018

Dates: Thursday 15th and Friday 16th November, 2018
Venue: Lindisfarne Room, Hadrian Building, King's Road, Newcastle University 

You are cordially invited to take part in this exciting international conference that, so far, brings to you a fantastic line up of key note speakers from the UK, Canada, USA, Denmark and Ireland. 

This inaugural conference will provide an international platform to critically explore and reflect on the issue of evaluation of patient and public involvement in research.

Call for abstracts 

Rather than have pre-set themes for the conference we will shape the thematic structure of the in-conference parallel oral sessions and poster presentations around the topics covered within submitted abstracts.  We feel this will better reflect the current landscape of patient and public involvement (PPI) in research at an international level, and resonate more closely with a range of PPI experience, academic and philosophical interests, and diversity in approaches to the practice and evaluation of PPI in research. 

Closing date for submissions is Tuesday 31st July. 

For more details please see:

Are we making a difference? Understanding our impact on well-being

Date: Thursday 22nd November 2018
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium

This event is free to attend.

What’s it about?

New legislation, new expectations and different ways of working mean those delivering public services in Wales need to think differently about how they evaluate and measure the effectiveness and impact of policies, actions and interventions. This event will explore what this means, provide practical ideas and solutions and show how these might be applied. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to get their questions and issues around this topic raised and discussed.

Should you attend?

You should attend if you:

  • Play a leadership role in a public body, public services board or other organisation delivering public services.
  • Have responsibility for, or support, the delivery of well-being plans - including the area plans and local well-being plans.
  • Want to know more about measuring and evaluating the impact of policies and interventions.

Further information & registration:

Public Health Science

A National Conference Dedicated to New Research in UK Public Health

Date: 23 Nov - 23 Nov 2018
Venue: Riddle Hall, Queens University, Belfast.

Who is affected by food poverty in Ireland? Precision Public Health - an oxymoron for our times? What is the role of public health in responding to mental health and wellbeing needs after mass casualty incidents?

These are just three pieces of research that will be presented at Public Health Science: A National Conference Dedicated to New Research in UK Public Health. The conference will be held at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University, Belfast, on Nov 23, 2018.

This year for the first time there will also be a free pre-conference event on Nov for early career public health researchers and practitioners. You can book your place at the conference (and the ECR workshop) at the HG3 booking website here.

This multidisciplinary event aims to showcase exceptional talent in the UK public health research community. The conference will present work spanning all aspects of public health and using a full range of methodological approaches.

The core of the event will be comprised of oral and poster presentations of peer-reviewed abstracts published in The Lancet – full programme online here and at the end of this email.

We look forward to seeing you in Belfast.

Full programme:


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Wales Kidney Research Unit Annual General Meeting 

Date: 28 November 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Venue: Morriston Hospital, Swansea

Come and hear about the research Wales Kidney Research Unit are doing and the impact it is having. Further details and programme to follow. Read more and register.

Cwm Taf University Health Board Research & Development Conference

Date: 29 November 2018
Time: 08:45 - 16:30
Venue: University of South Wales Conference Centre, Treforest

The event will consist of oral and poster presentations showcasing the high standard of Research and Development studies being undertaken across Cwm Taf UHB. Read more and register.

UK HealthTech 2018

Date: 4 December 2018
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Venue: Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff

Join over 200 delegates to network, develop your working relationships, and embrace business development opportunities. Listen to a programme of valuable sector updates and forward thinking across the life science sector. With presentations from industry experts and government officials, the conference sets the agenda for debate on the future of our business, health and academic communities.

Join delegates to network, gain updates on sources of finance and funding, meet collaborative partners and build business development opportunities. Listen to a programme of valuable sector updates and gain insights and intelligence across the life science and healthcare sectors.

Sessions include:

  • Finance and funding
  • LifeScience Academy, skills agenda and careers fayre
  • Regulatory update
  • Clinical innovation
  • Future watch - Innovation & university showcases
  • NHS market access and innovation adoption
  • Launch of new LifeScience Industry online & print magazine

Read more and register.

Innovation Awards

Date: 4 December 2018
Time: 18:00 - 23:50
Venue: National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

MediWales are delighted to announce that their thirteenth annual awards competition will take place on the 4 December 2018. Over 300 VIPs and guests come together for this gala evening to celebrate the achievements of the NHS, life science and health technology communities. Read more and register.

Cardiff MI Intermediate Workshop

Date: Mon 28th & Tues 29th January 2019
Venue: Swalec, Cardiff

Spaces available. Rory Allott, an experienced MI trainer who works in the mental health field will assist me. We will assume a basic knowledge of MI, but help everyone get up to speed before the workshop if necessary.

The focus will be on practising the style and a deeper dive into the conversation about change, to enhance awareness of both one’s internal state and the language used by the client or patient.

For more information and to register please follow this link:

Getting Wales Moving 2019

Date: 27 February 2019
Venue: Hilton Cardiff Hotel

Following on from the hugely successful inaugural Getting Wales Moving Conference - Delivering on the Well-being for Future Generations Act, we are delighted to announce the second conference in the series on the 27th of February 2019 at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff.

Once again, we have set the bar high, both in terms of quality and expectation of stimulating real change. The 2019 conference will again feature influential and well-respected speakers with detailed insight from the Welsh Government, Sport Wales, and leading figures involved in improving population health and tackling inactivity and skills shortages across the sector workforce and Welsh communities.

Further information

South West SAPC 2019

Date: 13-14 March 2019
Venue: Southampton

We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Southampton for the South West SAPC 2019 conference. The registration and abstract submission links are now open. 

The South West Regional Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care will take place at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton. The conference will open at 12.00 noon on Wednesday 13 March 2019 and will close at 13.00pm on Thursday 14 March 2019.

Please can you disseminate to your colleagues and remind them to visit our website. 

Registration is now open, closing date 25 February 2019.

Please book on our online store.

Conference costs and options below:

Full conference (2 days): £170.00
Day Delegate: £90.00
Wednesday evening conference dinner: £55.00
Accommodation is not included.

Support & Delivery Day - save the date

Date: 14 March 2019
Venue: Jury's Inn, Cardiff
Theme: One Wales: Working together in research

Find out more and register your interest.

BJGP Research Conference

Date: 29 March 2019
Venue: RCGP, London 

Following the success of our inaugural conference, the BJGP Research Conference returns for a second year. It’s an exceptional opportunity for researchers at all stages of their careers to acquire new research skills and present their work in a constructive, peer-reviewed environment.  

  • A unique opportunity to acquire new research skills  
  • Receive constructive feedback on research presentations  
  • Hear from leading figures in primary care research
  • Learn new skills in writing, critical appraisal, peer review and presentation
  • Workshops on many aspects of writing and publishing research
  • Poster presentations
  • Meet the editors and staff of the BJGP and BJGP Open.

Who should attend?

  • GP trainees and newly qualified GPs
  • Practising GPs with an interest in developing research skills
  • Early-stage clinical and non-clinical academics in primary care
  • More senior researchers wishing to hone or develop their presentation, writing and critical appraisal skills.

Register before 16 December 2018 to save 15%

Further information and registration

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.

Further information: