NHS facilities are prioritised and given to those who need it the most – but what happens to those patients who do not classify as a priority patient? Or those who are too well to remain in hospital care, but too unwell to live independently?

The NHS budget cannot facilitate the provision of occupational therapists to all patients. Moreover, funding for occupational therapy is completely dependent on what is made available from local commissioning groups. This means that those patients who cannot afford private care can slip through the social care gaps.

Care homes, like the NHS, do not have the facilities to accommodate people who require services such as occupational therapy. To meet the growing demand for care home beds the care industry needs to generate another 50,000 beds within five years. However, a new care home can take up to seven years to plan and build. Put simply, the care sector will not be able to meet the growing need of the country’s aging population and consequently finds itself teetering towards a crisis.

The Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo aims to combat this problem. Our first aim is to help generate industry growth so the demand for beds expected over the next few years can be met. In meeting these demands, the care industry can relieve the budgetary pressure the NHS currently finds itself under. Filling more beds ultimately means that the NHS will have the funding to develop additional care facilities such as occupational therapy. In doing this, we hope to improve the level of care and facilities care providers can offer. Improving the level of care throughout the industry will create more initiatives that can cover a wider range of care needs.

3,000 senior decision makers in the care industry are due to attend the event on the 25th & 26th April 2018 at NEC, Birmingham, to identify ways they can achieve care industry growth and a sustainable social care model. We have taken great care in adapting the show to suit all occupations that are responsible for the care of the elderly and people with dementia; with speakers such as Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum and Sharon Allen, CEO of Skills for Care joining us for the event. The show also runs alongside the well-established Naidex, register for your ticket to the Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo here.

To discuss the ways, you can be involved in the show please contact 0117 929 6097.