The OT Show and Care Show will be running the UK’s first Virtual Care Festival this week on 25 – 26 November 2020. The festival promises to be a great opportunity to gain CPD through lectures and seminars presented by world-renowned industry speakers, network with colleagues, and meet your favourite suppliers.

In a time where face-to-face learning for health and care professionals is restricted, there still needs to be a space where professionals can network, learn and explore the latest innovations in the industry. The Virtual Care Festival is a place where OT professionals can do this with ease. Today, audiences expect more. Not death by PowerPoint or disruptive phone calls, but a tangible online experience that is human, interactive, and engaging.

The Virtual Care Festival 2020 will run on 25-26 November this week and the event will be the largest digital gathering of occupational therapists and decision-makers working in social and private care, both domiciliary and residential, in the UK.

At the beginning of August, The OT Show conducted a survey to over 22,000 OT professionals to find out what could be done to help with their continued learning and development in the absence of face-to-face events. Out of those 22,000, a stunning 84% said they were actively seeking some form of online engagement to fill the gap.

To fulfil the needs of the OT community, they have designed the Virtual Care Festival. Although the live event can’t go ahead this year, they wanted to organise an event that was safe for the community of occupational therapy professionals. They understand that OTs work hard to support and improve the lives of vulnerable people, therefore, they felt it irresponsible to try and run a live event in 2020.

How will it look?

The Virtual Care Festival will run like an actual event but from the comfort, safety and convenience of your own home or office. Although physical events are not running this year, they wanted to provide an experience just as exciting and insightful. Just like a conference centre, you’ll be able to move around and talk to your colleagues like you would at any face-to-face event. This virtual space is split up into four areas for easy navigation.

The Entrance Lobby
This is where the journey starts with easy navigation to all the theatres, exhibition hall, and a help desk for advice.

Exhibition Hall 
Where you can explore the latest brands, technologies, and engage with the exhibitors. This virtual space allows you to have face-to-face conversations with the best companies in the industry. Visitors can explore over 50 interactive leading suppliers showcasing different products and services for all organisation requirements, including: Arjo, CareLineLive, CoolCare, Opera Care, Recruitive, Sumed, Vileda Professional, My Learning Cloud Limited, Essex County Council, AKW, Closomat, Hillrom, Accora Limited, OSKA, and Medequip.

The platform also allows you to arrange meetings with exhibitors via chat windows and video conferencing tools. As they are the leaders in their field and have been particularly vital to the industry during the pandemic, there will be plenty to engage with over the course of the two days.

Networking Lounge
Networking opportunities with peers and a chance to discover valuable new acquaintances. A place to meet attendees, speakers, and other exhibitors.

The Theatres
Where the learning takes place. Five theatres with world-renowned speakers to gain over 60 hours of CPD engagement.

To provide an event that will benefit the education and learning of the community they have talks from some of the top names in the industry, some of which have provided excellent presentations at live events in the past.

Among these are Dr. Michael Iwama, Dean at MGH Institute of Health Professions, Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, Former MP, Chair of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, Michael Mandelstam, Legal training in social and health care at Michael Mandelstam Ltd, Debbie Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector (DCI) of Adult Social Care at CQC, Nadra Ahmed OBE, Chairman of NCA and Barbara Keeley, MP, Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health and Social Care.

The Virtual Care Festival will take place on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November 2020 between 09:00 – 17:00. To register visit:


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