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OT Show hailed a success by healthcare community

18th December 2013

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

The first ever Occupational Therapy (OT) Show was held from 26th-27th November and has been declared a success by the 2,800 healthcare professionals who attended.

Occupational therapists help people with illnesses and other medical conditions to adapt to their living spaces, commonly through the installation of mobility aids such as stair lift solutions or hoists for getting in and out of bed. The OT Show was specially designed for these people, allowing them to keep up to date with the latest practices and have the chance to meet with manufacturers and suppliers of products that can help people to remain independent at home.

This year was the first year of the show and it was described as “ground-breaking” and “the most important event for the profession” by visitors. The OT Show certified almost 7,000 hours of free CPD education and over 160 specialist suppliers attended to demonstrate what kinds of products can help occupational therapists help others regain their independence, whether they are looking for bathing solutions or rise and recline chairs for the elderly.

Emma Alder, a practising occupational therapist from Essex, said, “It makes me feel proud that we finally have a show celebrating our profession”, whilst Matthew Butler, director of the show, said, “We are delighted that the show has been so enthusiastically received by both the OT community and the supplier community.”

The success of the OT Show 2013 has been so clear to attendees that 105 per cent of exhibition space has already been booked for the 2014 show next November, with occupational therapists expected to attend in bigger numbers next year. The OT Show is completely free to attend, making it a really great opportunity for occupational therapists to improve their offerings to those with mobility difficulties.

Read more about the success of The OT Show here.

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