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Forthcoming events

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 papers, demos 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:

Are rural areas a good place to grow old?

Date: 25 April 2018
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Venue: Swansea University

This seminar from the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research will explore demographic and economic changes to life in rural areas of Wales over the last century. Read more and register

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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Supporting Children To Get The Best Start In Life: How Do We Know What Works?

Mike Robling's Inaugural Lecture

Date: 10 May 2017, 17:30 – 19:30
Venue: Michael Griffith Lecture Theatre, Heath Campus, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF14 4YS

Early childhood experiences can have an enduring impact upon a child’s long-term health and well-being. However, the individual, social, and economic circumstances faced by some new families means that getting a good start in life can be particularly difficult. For example, children of teenage mothers are more likely to have a lower birthweight, not be breastfed, be at greater risk of accidents and early death, do worse educationally and have more emotional and behavioural problems. 

Core support to all families through existing health and social services in the UK includes the work of community midwives and health visitors. Supporting families who may benefit from additional help is a priority for both national and local government. Such additional support can be costly but may be justified if children and families are found to benefit in the long run. The challenge for policy makers and professionals is identifying which families will benefit most, what programmes of support have the strongest evidence and which are of most relevance to families in the UK. 

Professor Robling will review some recent innovations in the UK aimed at enhancing life chances for both mother and child and in doing so explore the methodological, ethical and policy challenges when trying to establish what works for families. 

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RCN Congress

Date: 12-16 May 2018
Venue: Belfast

RCN Congress is the most important event of its type in the nursing calendar. It is where nursing staff meet to learn, develop and share nursing practice and to influence UK-wide nursing and health care policy.

Each year, Congress debates around 25 subjects, all of which have been submitted by members, covering clinical, staffing, financial, social and political areas. These issues are often reported in the media direct from Congress, and they lead to wide-ranging work carried out by the RCN, often lasting for many years.

The whole process is led by the Chair of Congress (currently Glasgow-based Stuart McKenzie, a nurse manager in forensics and rehabilitation), his Vice Chair BJ Waltho (Associate Director of Operations, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals) and the Agenda Committee (four elected RCN members).

Any RCN member is entitled to contribute to debates in the hall, and the Vice Chair will also mention relevant comments from social media from those members not able to attend in person.

Further information and booking

2018 Annual NHS R&D Forum

Date: 14th & 15th May 2018
Venue: Celtic Manor, Newport Wales

2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the National Health Service and the NHS R&D Forum 2018 event will mark this important date. The 2018 Event promises to be one of the best Annual Forum to date.

Find out more

CNO ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018 - Call for Papers Now Open

Date: 23rd May 2018

Call for Papers for the CNO Conference 2018 is now open.  Taking place on 23rd May 2018, the CNO conference is looking for abstract submissions for oral and poster presentation at the conference. 

More information on abstract topics and guidance, please see The Call for Papers Flyer which can be accessed HERE

To submit an abstract, please visit CNO Conference 2018 Event Home Page

Full instructions on how to submit your abstract can be found HERE

The closing date for receipt of abstracts is 1st March 2018.

Book now to enjoy a unique educational play reflecting the experiences of individuals and families living with dementia

Date: 23 - 25 May 2018 
Venue: Taliesin, Swansea University  

The bilingual play Belonging has been designed as a powerful, cost-effective approach to dementia training. It promotes a positive change in attitudes, and greater knowledge and compassion for people living with dementia than more traditional dementia training. To learn more, and to book some of the limited tickets, call the Taliesin box office on 01792 602060 or visit their website.

Dyspraxia: the Cinderella of developmental disorders

Date: 24 May 2018
Time: 17:00 - 19:00 
Venue: Cardiff University

Professor Amanda Kirby, University of South Wales, will highlight the latest understanding about the short and long-term impact of Developmental Co-ordination Disorder in children and adults. She will also discuss the importance of movement in everyday living and learning.  Read more and sign up

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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TEDxSwansea: embrace

Date: 2 June 2018
Time: 17:00 - 21:00
Venue: National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Deborah Morgan will be giving a talk entitled "A Life Less Lonely". Deborah is a researcher working in the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research and the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University. Read more

Florence Nightingale Foundation Annual Conference 2018

Date: 7 June 2018
Venue: Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, London W6 8DR

Building on the success of previous years, the eighth Florence Nightingale Foundation Annual Conference will take place on 7 June 2018 at the Novotel London West, London.

The Conference is aimed at all nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals, across all aspects of healthcare delivery, seeking to enhance their Continuing Professional Development.  The one-day Influencing Policy and Practice Conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to hear from experienced speakers on a range of topics, participate in a range of high quality masterclasses and network with other senior nurses and midwives.

Call for poster abstracts open until 16 April 2017

We are particularly keen to receive abstracts that demonstrate an impact on practice, patient care, health and/or policy. The poster may demonstrate the results of a research study, audit, case study, improvement project or a survey.

Further information and booking

Cardiff Research and Development Conference

Date: 14 June 2018
Time: 08:45 - 16:25
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium

Research and Development Director Professor Chris Fegan will chair a day of talks and poster displays designed to showcase the studies carried out in Cardiff and Vale UHB, across a wide range of fields and teams. 
Read more and reserve your space

Aneurin Bevan UHB Research & Development Conference 2018 

Date: Tuesday 19th June 2018 
Venue: Christchurch Centre, Old Malpas Road, Newport. 


Research – Access All Areas 

You are invited to submit abstracts that demonstrate research as a core activity through the following themes:-

  • 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

Closing Date for submission is the 6th April 2018

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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

Bevan Commission International Conference 2018

Date: 3rd Jul 2018 - 4th Jul 2018
Venue: The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales

The Conference offers ‘A Call to Arms’ – challenging current thinking and practice to find sustainable solutions for health and care fit for the future.

Conference Objectives:

  • To reflect upon the origins of the National Health Service.
  • Share and debate the diversity of approaches across the UK and internationally.
  • Consider a new Prudent Social Model of health and care as a way of thinking and doing things differently.
  • Consider citizens ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ - health is everyone's responsibility.
  • Creating a climate to challenge and transform thinking and practice.
  • Finding and adopting innovative solutions to meet future needs with key partners.
  • Challenging health inequalities - finding practical actions for change.
  • Identify leadership challenges and solutions to transformational change.

Get 20% off the price of your ticket until 30th April 2018

Further information and registration

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17th Welsh Stroke Conference

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

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. 
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International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research event

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

Conference promotional poster available to download here.

2nd Global Conference on Nursing & Healthcare

Date: 13-15 August 2018
Venue: London, UK

This year’s conference is based on the theme “Incorporating Inter-professional Collaborative Practices to Advance Healthcare”. Joining us are committed clinicians and dedicated teachers and researchers all of whom are enthusiastic to explore and share good knowledge and practices to advance healthcare through collaborative practices.

I therefore encourage you to be part of this exciting and welcoming platform, sharing your work through either an oral presentation or a poster display.
You are more than welcome to submit your papers on any interprofessional working and learning issues, which these can range from clinical and healthcare practices to educational and research activities.

Further information

QNI Annual Conference 2018 - Healthcare in the Community
From Silence to Voice 

The Royal College of General Practitioners, London
Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th September 2018

Day 1: Improving Care – Finding your voice  
Day 2: Community & Primary Care – Articulating your value

Booking for the QNI's seventh annual two day conference in London is open. 
This is a unique opportunity to discuss the future of nursing in the community, to influence healthcare policy and develop real solutions to current challenges. It is also an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues.
The agenda will be available shortly. 
To book your place:
The conference is being organised by the QNI to keep delegate rates as low as possible. The early bird rate is £170 (per day) including lunch and all refreshments, if booked before Tuesday 1st May 2018. 
After the 1st May the delegate rate will be £195.
Booking via Eventbrite 
If you would like to book a place for this exciting event please visit - you will have the option to book day 1 or 2 or both days through the Eventbrite link, please ensure you scroll down and select the right rate.
Booking via invoicing 

If you are unable to pay online, there is an option of requesting an invoice to be sent out to your employing organisation. For more information please email  

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.

The 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forum - Call for abstracts

The 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forumwill be held in Maale Hachamisha, Israel between 14 - 16 November 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 abstract submission is now been open and this can be done directly from the website, closing 16th September:

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