**Developers of Databases in Research and Clinical Practice - Training**
Thank you to all who took part in the survey supported by the Wellcome Trust and the MRC as part of a programme to increase the capacity of the UK to support clinical research by exploiting the growing quantity of high quality data held in clinical databases.
The project is running two pilot courses and are now recruiting applicants for the first course. This residential course will run in Leeds on the 25-26th June. The course is free and accommodation for the nights of 24th and 25th of June is provided. Delegates are expected to cover their own travel costs.
For further details see http://www.rdlearning.org.uk/coursedetails.asp?ID=44079
**GMC Reference Community**
Registered medical practitioners and members of the public with an interest in health care are needed to participate in a Reference Community for the General Medical Council (GMC)
The Reference Community will be made up of 25 public members and 25 registered medical practitioners from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and it is designed to help inform and influence the policies and decisions of the GMC. While members will not be asked to make policy decisions, they will be asked for their personal and professional opinions on a range of topics, such as:
. the ethical guidelines that doctors are required to follow;
. the GMC website to make sure it is clear and easy to use, especially for the public;
. the process by which a doctor is regularly appraised.
There are a variety of ways to contribute, including commenting on draft publications, replying to a poll or questionnaire, and attending occasional meetings that can fit around personal or professional commitments. Ideally, each member will give around 20 to 30 hours per year, but this could vary according to individual circumstances.
The deadline for applications is 18 May 2009.
For more information, visit http://www.gmcappointments.org.uk