Event Calender 2017



28-30 March, NEC, Birmingham

2017 brings to you a whole new Naidex from Prysm Media Group. Packed full of CPD accredited conference sessions, Naidex allows you to explore the marketplace and the latest products. Over 200 exhibitors will showcase well-known brands and innovative products that will be seen first at Naidex. The event is a great opportunity to network and share knowledge with peers and fellow professionals and keeps you up to date with the latest developments and innovations within assistive technology. The event is free to attend.

For more information, visit www.naidex.co.uk.


YORTRAIN Private OT and Case Manager Conference 2017

25 April, Wetherby Racecourse

Free conference exclusively for Private OTs and Case Managers based in the North of England. There will be an extensive range of equipment on show to be tried and tested by the attendees so that they can have hands-on experience and understand the full benefits of each piece to see how it would be useful in a variety of situations. YORTRAIN will also provide attendees with the ability to network and connect with one another, to exchange ideas and source solutions. Not to mention that the entire event is free – including free lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Book your place on the YORTRAIN Private OT and Case Managers Conference by visiting www.yortrain.com and clicking book now.


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OTAC Cardiff – 25 April, St David’s Hotel & Spa, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

OTAC Reading – 20 September, Hilton Hotel & Spa, Reading

OTAC Edinburgh, 13 December, Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

OTAC events showcase an excellent array of exhibitors as well as a variety seminar to help learn, discover and network. Free for all occupational therapists it offers a great opportunity to talk to manufacturers and service providers on a one-to-one basis.

More information at www.otac.org.uk.


The Brotherwood Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Weekend 

29-30 April, Haynes International Motor Museum, Somerset

The Brotherwood ‘WAV Weekend’ Event will be returning this April Bank Holiday Weekend, giving you the opportunity to explore and drive the UK’s leading range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles in one place. 

  • Explore the UK’s leading range of WAVs
  • See the launch of the new Brotherwood Mercedes-Benz V-Class
  • Discuss your personal transport needs with expert advisors
  • Explore the world-class Motor Museum

For more information visit www.brotherwood.com, call Brotherwood on 01935 872603, or follow Brotherwood on Facebook for further updates.


Viva Access – Housing Courses 2017

Housing Adaptation & Design: Part 1 (reading & using plans / adapting & designing for wheelchair users) – 16 May, The National Union of Teachers, London.

Housing Adaptation & Design: Part 2 (ramps: assessment & design / accessible kitchens) 17 May, The National Union of Teachers, London.

Housing Adaptation & Design: Part 3 (bathroom adaptation & design) – 18 May, The National Union of Teachers, London.

Technical Considerations in Adaptation Work – 14 June, The National Union of Teachers, London.

Adapting for Children with Challenging Behaviours – 17 September, The National Union of Teachers, London.

Housing Adaptation & Design: Part 1 (reading & using plans / adapting & designing for wheelchair users) – 17 October, The National Union of Teachers, London.

Housing Adaptation & Design: Part 2 (ramps: assessment & design / accessible kitchens) – 18 October, The National Union of Teachers, London.

Housing Adaptation & Design: Part 3 (bathroom adaptation & design) – 19 October, The National Union of Teachers, London.

All Viva Access open courses are held in London and run from 10:00 – 16:45. For more information about each of these events call 07909-582491 or email admin@viva-access.com or visit viva-access.arlo.co.

Viva Access deliver these and other courses to staff on-site (UK & Ireland). Please email or call for a copy of the 2017 In-House Training Pack or alternatively download it from www.viva-access.com/bespoke-housing-courses/.


The OT Practice Conference & Exhibition

17-18 May, Old Thorns Estate in Liphook, Hampshire

The OT Practice Conference is a unique event bringing together inspirational speakers, bespoke training opportunities and innovative product demonstrations dedicated to the needs of Independent Occupational Therapists.  For the first time this year, The OT Practice are opening their doors to therapists interested in private practice, and waiving any joining fees for a limited time.

If you would like to find out more or book for this conference, please email                                                 join-us@theotpractice.co.uk or call 0330 024 9910.  


Alzheimer Scotland Annual Conference

2 June, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh

Alzheimer Scotland’s annual conference brings high-profile speakers from Scotland and around the world, hot topic parallel sessions, all in a world-class venue. There will also be plenty of opportunities to network.

For more information, please call 0131 243 1453 or visit www.alzscot.org/conference2017.


neuro2017-genericEuropean Neuro Convention

7-8 June, ExCel, London

The event for professionals, researchers, clinicians, surgeons and their teams working in the neuro field. Europe’s largest event of its kind will bring together neuro professionals from around the globe for an exciting two-day show in London. Combining world leading speakers, over 80 seminars, workshops, top experts and the unique opportunity to try and test innovative solutions, services and advanced technology from around the world, all under one roof. Event runs alongside the Copa Series 2017 and the Elite Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Expo 2017. Free to attend.

For more information, please visit www.neuroconvention.com.


Kidz Exhibitions 2017

Kidz to Adultz South – 8 June, Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading

Kidz to Adultz Scotland – 14 September, Highland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Kidz to Adultz North – 16 November, EventCity, Manchester

The Kidz to Adultz exhibitions from Disabled Living take place across the country, dedicated to children with disabilities and special needs, their parents, carers and professional who work with them. Over 130 exhibitors offer information on mobility, funding, seating, beds, communication, access, education, toys and much more. A full programme of CPD seminars run alongside each exhibition. All Kidz exhibitions at the above locations run from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

For more information about each of these events you can call 0161 607 8200 or visit www.disabledliving.co.uk/Kidz/Welcome.


Developmental Play Course Level 1 

15 – 17 June, Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Developmental Play is an exciting new course from CreateCATT being offered in the UK by 2 Occupational Therapists, experienced in working internationally with children in developing countries. This course is suitable for teachers in mainstream and special education, preschool teachers, child care workers and Occupational Therapists. By the end of the course participants will be able to understand and identify developmental play stages, apply developmental play practice to their work situation, design and deliver creative play interventions for individuals and groups and articulate playfulness in the context of learning, neurobiology and wellbeing. Level 2 and 3 Courses lead to Advanced practitioner in Developmental Play.

For more information please visit www.createcatt.com or email info@createcatt.com.

Full event details and booking at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/development-play-certificate-level-1-uk-course-dates-tickets-30458905406.


COT Conference

19-20 June, IIC, Birmingham

The College of Occupational Therapists annual conference will take place this year in Birmingham.  This event gives delegates the opportunity to meet fellow peers and to hear from influential health and social care policy makers, interact with the foremost occupational therapy thinkers and practitioners, and contribute towards the discussions on the future direction of the profession and to explore new and different ways to develop occupational therapy practice.

For more information, visit www.cotannualconference.org.uk.


Autism Shows 2017

London Show – 16-17 June, ExCel

Birmingham Show – 23-24 June, NEC

Manchester Show – 30 June – 1 July, EventCity

The Autism Show is the national event for autism (including Asperger syndrome), dedicated to the two million people in the UK who live and work with the condition on a daily basis. The 2017 shows in London, Birmingham and Manchester offer information, advice, products and services.

At the event you can hear from the UK’s leading autism professionals; discover 100s of products and services; learn practical strategies for the home and classroom; listen to adults on the spectrum talk about their experiences; access specialist advice from clinicians, therapists and solicitors; and interact with, and enjoy, special features such as The Willard Wigan Gallery, Movement Matters, The Sensory Classroom and The Sensory Room. The Autism Show attracts more than 10,000 parents, carers, professionals and individuals on the autism spectrum.

More information can be found at autismshow.co.uk.


pmg-colourPosture & Mobility Group Conference

17-19 July, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

The Posture & Mobility Group annual conference provides an educational programme, industry exhibition and networking opportunities for professionals. The event focuses on the posture and mobility needs of wheelchair users.

To sign up for the event, and for further information visit www.pmguk.co.uk.



7 September, Kent Event Centre, Maidstone

The second RISE4Disability event for 2017, brought to you by Made2Aid. Combined conference and exhibition for health professionals and disabled people to resource and identify suitable equipment. Free to attend and is also CPD accredited for healthcare professionals.

Further information is available at www.rise4disability.com.


National Back Exchange Conference (NBE)

25- 27 September, Hinckley, Leicestershire.

Dont’s miss out on the most important CPD moving and handling event of the year. The role of National Back Exchange NBE is to promote excellence in all aspects of moving and handling in order to reduce potential injury to patients, staff and carers.

The Conference brings together an influential group of people and visitors to learn, debate, network and reflect and is the must attend key event in the Moving and Handling calendar. It is an excellent opportunity to meet within a multidisciplinary environment, with those working to promote the health, safety and welfare of staff and patients including moving and handling advisors, ergonomists, academics, therapists, nurses, occupational advisors, social care and industry, all in one venue.

The Conference and Exhibition will feature strategic plenary lectures, practical workshops, streamed presentations, equipment evaluation workshops and exhibitor interactive workshops. The exhibition affords delegates the opportunity to have a ‘hands on’ experience of all the latest moving and handling equipment.

For Further Details and Booking Forms Contact admin@nationalbackexchange.org or call 01327 358855.


dnex-2017-logoDNEX and Moving & Handling People North

27-28 September, Newcastle Racecourse, Newcastle upon

The North’s largest annual independent living exhibition. DNEX is hosted by Disability North- a leading disability resource in the North East and Cumbria. DNEX is a must- attend annual event and there is something for everyone including digital technology, aids and adaptations for independent living and accessible leisure facilities. This free exhibition provides information, advice and equipment for disabled people, older adults, carers and health and social care professionals on a range of disability related issues. DNEX provides a unique opportunity to handle and sample products and services first-hand, empowering you or those around you to live independently.

DNEX 2017 is co-located with Disabled Living Foundation’s (DLF) Moving & Handling People North: the two-day CPD-accredited learning event for healthcare professionals.

For more information about DNEX 2017 contact the events team on 0191 284 0480 or e-mail caitlinhunter@disabilitynorth.org.uk.



site-logo2Independent Living Scotland

4-5 October, SECC Glasgow, Glasgow

With free entry, this event offers the perfect opportunity to discover products and services available to the Scottish market. Over 100 exhibitors will be showcasing their most innovative and inspirational products to aid independence; daily living aids, mobility and adapted vehicles or access and adaption.

For more information, visit www.independentlivingscotland.org.


Care & Dementia Show

10-11 October, NEC, Birmingham

The show is designed to provide education, products and networking opportunities for organisations responsible for the care of older people.  The Care & Dementia Show will bring you inspiration, innovation and ideas to assist you in running your care business. You’ll learn more in two days at Care & Dementia Show than you would in months from your office. It can often feel like you’re too busy to take time out, but spending even one day with us will help you to save time through efficiencies in the future.

More information is available at www.caredementiashow.com.


World OT Day 2017 – 27 October


OT Week 2017 – 6-10 November


ots-2017-logo-72-dpiThe Occupational Therapy Show

UK’S Largest OT Event – 22-23 November, NEC, Birmingham

Join the UK’s largest, free-to-attend, dedicated event just for OTs will return in 2017! This CPD education and trade show will be taking place at Birmingham’s NEC over a two day period. With a total of 60 hours of professional development to be obtained over the two days and access over 100 OT focused and interactive lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Update and refresh your learning across physical, mental health & learning difficulties, children & families, research in practice and innovation, plus many more hot topics, specialist areas and new research relevant to OTs in practice. Research and source new products and services through a network of over 300 trade exhibitors and suppliers. Providing information and advice for all your questions and needs.

Registration is free, more information at www.theotshow.com.


If you would like your event showcased on our online event calendar for 2017, please get in touch with sophie@2apublishing.co.uk.