Scotland’s largest disability lifestyle and independent living event returns to Glasgow’s SEC on 4 – 5 October 2017, promising to be bigger and better than ever, with a new and improved show format and more than 100 exhibitors.

Sally Magnusson, BBC Scotland journalist, author and founder of Playlist for Life, a charity which aims to bring music back into the lives of those living with dementia, will be at the SEC to officially open the event.

Now in its third year, Independent Living Scotland will offer healthcare professionals and students the chance to gain valuable knowledge and insight from experts and industry leaders, through the exclusive CPD seminar programme.

A recurring policy theme in health and social care, this year’s programme focusses on self-care, with specially selected opportunities to learn how best to support people with various health conditions to look after themselves. With speakers from the Healthcare Professions Council, Diabetes Scotland, Arthritis Care Scotland and Health Improvement Scotland, there will be something for everyone working in Scotland’s healthcare sector.

New for 2017, healthcare professionals are being encouraged to make use of the designated working hub area, which will allow visitors to combine show attendance and CPD seminar sessions with day to day working life.

Tsitsi Lynn Makuni at QD Events, organisers of Independent Living Scotland, said: “We are pleased to bring this event back to the SEC for another year and we have some fantastic speakers lined up to share their own knowledge and experiences of assisting Scots with living independently.

“For those working in the health and social care sectors in particular, we are confident the event will be both valuable and memorable for ongoing professional learning and development. We would advise anyone wishing to benefit from our seminars to sign up as soon as possible to secure a place.”

New show sections include the new Alzheimer’s Hub and Autism Awareness areas, with virtual reality experiences that will allow visitors to put themselves in the shoes of those living with these conditions and understand how it affects their day to day lives.

Set to welcome 2,500 visitors over the course of the two days, Independent Living Scotland is a free to attend event, with ticket holders entitled to free parking in the SEC surface level car park (T&Cs apply).

The show’s programme of accredited educational content is specifically tailored for occupational therapists, physiotherapists, paediatric specialists, nurses and professional carers. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to sign up for the CPD programme in advance.

For more information and free registration, visit www.independentlivingscotland.org.