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The Occupational Therapy Show are excited to bring together occupational therapists from of all bands and specialisms, whether you work in health organisations, social care services, housing, education, voluntary organisations, or as an independent practitioner, this 24-25 November we want to see you at the NEC, Birmingham. The Occupational Therapy Show is a two-day event consisting of a free conference programme that allows you to take part in important debates, engage with the latest innovations from our exhibitors, and leave inspired, refreshed, and ready to take your service to the next level. You really won’t want to miss it!

A long time has passed since occupational therapy professionals were together, and during this two-year hiatus we have all had experiences of the online virtual sphere; whether that was taking part in zoom dinners with family, or online pub quizzes with friends. However, now we are so pleased to say that The OT Show can give you the opportunity to make new memories and real connections in person once again, whilst celebrating all that the occupational therapy community has achieved. CloserStill Media – organisers of The Occupational Therapy Show take safety precautions extremely seriously and we are doing everything possible to make sure the event is ready to be the safest space for rediscovery and learning. For more information on what we are doing please visit our website at

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The OT Show will provide the chance to gain CPD points with over 100+ hours of valuable accredited content across six theatres, showcasing the best key leaders and products within the sector. This year’s edition has been eagerly anticipated and is a chance to boost morale, refresh your skills, and learn something new. You can expect to acquire new practical hands-on training and discover answers to problems you are facing by networking with other occupational therapists. There is over 270+ leading healthcare suppliers in our exhibition hall giving you the unique opportunity to ask for their expert advice. Whilst giving you access to thousands of the latest product and services with exclusive show deals and freebies!

Your assistance will be needed in order to help us welcome some very important people to The Occupational Therapy Show this year. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, one of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes, will be joining us on Wednesday 24 November. Then on Thursday 25 November you’ll be able to see the hilariously funny Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy, winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2018. Have you got a burning question that you want to ask Lee Ridley? Email them to and he will answer them in his talk.

New for 2021, is an energised and refocused event for everyone involved. The programme has been carefully curated into seven clinical content streams. They will bring you the most up-to-date topics impacting the occupational therapy sector and making the content that you are looking for easier to find. 

Sessions created to inspire, focusing on topics such as legislation, guidance, creative practice, and reflection. 

When: Wed 24 Nov, 15:15
Where: Theatre 2
Session: Emerging leaders from COVID: How our OT skills help us to be better leaders
Speakers: Fiona Suleman, wheelchair and specialist seating service manager, Enabled Living Healthcare, and Trish Kelly, PT/OT clinical lead, surgery team, therapies department, Royal London Hospital.

Anticipate sessions that focus on dementia and forensics, to homelessness and challenging perceptions of personality disorder.

When: Thurs 25 Nov 11:15
Where: Theatre 2
Session: Occupational therapy for the homeless: An inclusion health approach
Speakers: Nina Friis, occupational therapy assistant and apprentice, Bevan Healthcare, and Chris Wood, specialist occupational therapist, Bevan Healthcare

An exciting new stream for 2021 that indicates cultural and social equality movements. Look forward to insight into current perceptions and ideas regarding the term inclusive and to ensure we reflect not only on the impact on clinical practice, but how occupational therapy can grow as a profession.

When: Wed 24 Nov 14:15
Where: Keynote Theatre
Session: Accepting responsibility: Equality, diversity and inclusivity: the foundation of good
Speaker: Dave S.P. Thomas, senior advisor equality, diversity and inclusion, Advance HE

Delivered by survivors of neurological trauma, topics covered will include head injury, spinal injury, stroke and neurological degenerative or long-term conditions.

When: Thurs 25 Nov, 10:30 
Where: Keynote Theatre
Session: Sex after stroke – unlocking the taboo
Speaker: Dr Kate Allatt, inspirational speaker, GripAble Ambassador, internationally published author and columnist for Stroke Rehab Times.

These sessions will facilitate reflection on good practice without compromised quality within the current social context, whilst providing value for money.

When: Wed 24 Nov, 12:30
Where: Theatre 3
Session: Dementia: Developing person-centred approaches to moving and handling
Speaker: Samantha Evans, advanced clinical specialist occupational therapist, associate trainer, East Cheshire NHS Trust and A1 Risk Solutions

The true impact of the 2020/21 social restrictions on children may not be known for some time and so this part of the programme focuses on the importance of fun, play, and leisure to support positive development. This stream will deliver a variety of topics such as emotional regulation and transition to adulthood.

When: Wed 24 Nov, 12:15
Where: Theatre 1
Session: Occupational Therapy, Autism and Emotional Regulation in Schools
Speaker: Matthew Gomes, school-based occupational therapist, Ambitious About Autism/The Rise School

This stream covers numerous aspects of practice, from design, adaptations, DFG, equipment, accessibility, and rehabilitation where the correct home environment is a critical early step. All sessions in this stream make clear links to housing design, clinical reasoning, maximising of independence and/or risk reduction.

When: Wed 24 Nov, 11:30
Where: Theatre 1
Session: Bespoke Design for Occupational Engagement: Essential OT Skills and Knowledge
Speakers: Sarah McGinley, occupational therapy lecturer, University of Southampton, and Maggie Bracher, MBAOT occupational therapy lecturer/ergonomic and back care adviser, University of Southampton

You can read the full conference programme here

As if that wasn’t enough, we also have the Innovation and Showcase Theatres, On-Stand Education, and the Trails. There is something for everyone at The OT Show and possibilities are endless for exploration of content. For all attendees post show you will receive exclusive access online to all sessions you attended in person. Don’t wait another year to add to your lifelong learning and drive big impacts for you and your clients. Register for your FREE ticket today!

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