The Occupational Therapy Show has excelled once again, exceeding even the highest of expectations. Full review of the 2016 show from our January/February issue of  The OT Magazine.

The careful balance of lectures, hands-on workshops and stand demonstrations held over two days tailored for the whole occupational therapy team ensured that no one missed out. The hours of accredited CPD available made it a highly valuable excursion, as well as giving delegates the opportunity to network and catch up with friends and peers.

Once again, the event did not disappoint when it came to the calibre of speakers. National and international authorities, with highly respected credentials, took to the stage to share new insights, give practical tips and answer questions from delegates. Through their extensive clinical research, collaboration with leading manufacturers and years of hands-on experience, the lectures were enticing, invigorating and informative.

Among those headlining in The Occupational Therapy Show education programme were Professor Carolyn Unsworth, Chris Connell (NICE Field Team), John Chacksfield, Jennifer Creek, Ritchard Ledgerd, Michael Mandelstam and Jen Gash, each drawing huge crowds of delegates keen to learn from some of the best in the OT world.

Particular highlights included Jennifer Creek’s engaging lecture on effective occupational therapy on the margins. Her enthusiasm and expert knowledge enthralled the packed audience, as they were eager to hear from her on her most recent research and studies. The Poster Zone was also a resounding success and a great addition to this year’s show and was the talk of the Network Drinks that took place after the first day of the successful exhibition that this year supported Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Friends alongside AKW.

The Occupational Therapy Show’s success is often attributed to the fact that all OTs can benefit. The education session covered areas such as mental health, children and families, physical, research in practice and innovation. To add to this, there was also the opportunities for OTs to learn more about the products and services available to them and their clients through on-stand education provided by the trade floor suppliers.

Kathryn Dixon, Consultant Occupational Therapist at Nable Services said:

“This is the main show for OT’s to come to in the year! There is such a wide range of exhibitors, so much information and the seminars are amazing. Everyone has to be responsible for their own continued professional development and this is an ideal opportunity to come and get trained up in lots of different areas. I came last year and I am definitely coming again.”

New for this year and adding to the education programme was the Posture and Wheelchair Essentials Programme, brought to the show by the Posture and Mobility Group (PMG) and National Wheelchair Managers Forum (NWMF). Each session was packed and extremely well received.

On the exhibition floor, a breadth of more than 300 OT relevant manufacturers and suppliers allowed face-to-face interactions and information on the launch of the very latest innovations. The trade did not disappoint delegates by offering exclusive promotional deals and sample giveaways, while also providing information and on-stand learning to help delegates fully utilise their equipment, materials and innovations.

Helen Purdy, occupational therapist at HPD Occupational Therapy Ltd said:

“I work with complex service users and we have access to funding to get specialist equipment. Mainly for us we are here to look at all the different types of equipment that’s out there and broaden our horizons and there really is a lot here!”

As for the social programme, those in attendance on the Thursday may have enjoyed a special treat from the organisers – in the Networking Lounge a free tea and cake afternoon was held.

The Occupational Therapy Show Awards also took place on Wednesday, presented by Jen Gash and her trusty panel. Congratulations to all the finalists and indeed all the very deserving winners! You will be able to read more about them and their work in the upcoming issues of The OT Magazine.

With all this and much more on offer, The Occupational Therapy Show met all expectations for yet another year. With first-class education, networking and products available, alongside plenty of opportunities to have fun, delegates were certainly able to make the most of their two days!

Save the dates for next year, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd November 2017, NEC, Birmingham. Visit www.theotshow.com.