Scotland’s largest disability, lifestyle and independent living event will make its return to Glasgow’s SEC in September – and health professionals are urged to sign up now to secure their place on the two-day CPD accredited seminar programme.

Now in its fourth year, Independent Living Scotland, which has established itself as a must-attend event for all Scottish healthcare professionals, will focus on ‘Innovations in Health and Social Care in Scotland: Across the Generations’. Over 120 companies will showcase the latest products and services to aid independent living, and visitors will have access to a raft of experts and industry leaders.  Current exhibitors include AAT, Allied Mobility, Albion Mobility, Fast Aid Products, Mobility solutions and Vertu Motors.

With keynote speakers including Susan Kelso, AHP National Lead, Early Intervention and Dr Lesley Holdsworth, NMAHP Clinical lead for health, visitors will gain insight into helping people stay active and maintain good health as well as learning about the developments in digital health to support self-care.

New for 2018, the show, which runs from 26-27 September, introduces the revolutionary OTAC Arena, the only free adaptation and equipment-based conference for occupational therapists, suppliers and physiotherapists in the UK.

Stuart Barrow, MD of OTAC, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Independent Living Scotland and to have the opportunity to share our knowledge in Scotland.

“We offer members of the public and healthcare professionals a place to see the best range of equipment and adaptations available, as well as access to experts who can help them facilitate their own, or their loved one’s, independence.”

Other additions to the show this year include Ability Fest which aims to promote social inclusion by raising awareness about disability issues relating to lifelong learning, education, training and employment.

The 2018 show will also see the return of the popular mobile virtual dementia tour allowing visitors to put themselves in the shoes of those living with the condition.

Tsitsi Lynn Makuni at QD Events, organisers of Independent Living Scotland, said: “We are excited to be bringing this show back to the SEC again this September, with some wonderful new features. It is great to see the interest in Independent Living in Scotland growing year on year, and we hope that the knowledge and experiences shared here help continue this.

“We would urge healthcare professionals, students and alumni to sign up as soon as possible to secure a place at the seminar.”

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

Entry is free and visitors can register in advance at independentlivingscotland.org or at the door on arrival. Parking, located to the west of the SEC is free of charge for visitors to this event.  

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