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Europe’s most exciting disability and independent living event will return to the NEC Birmingham on the 25th & 26th April for an incredible (and almost unrecognisable!) 44th edition.

The 2017 edition of the show smashed all expectations as new organisers firmly re-established Naidex as the event for the disability and independent living sectors. But they’re not stopping there! Exciting new features dedicated to healthcare professionals, world renowned speakers and innovative start-ups are on the programme for what is set to be the best Naidex in its 44-year history.

With an increased floor plan of 300 international exhibitors, Naidex offers the most accurate representation of the disability, rehabilitation and healthcare sectors as it stands today, as well as invaluable insight into the future of this incredible industry.

Naidex will also deliver a comprehensive agenda of 200 CPD accredited speakers over the two-day event. With theatres specifically targeted towards healthcare professionals, consumers or trade, there is focussed content to ensure visitors and exhibitors alike are able to garner the maximum return on their time at the show. Exploring a plethora of topics that are currently shaping the disability sector, here is a snapshot of what we recommend not to miss!

NHS England – Professor Martin J Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care, will be delivering a seminar that will explore the national approaches to improving care quality for people living with frailty. This talk will offer an overview of the current national policy drivers to improving quality of care for older people living with frailty as a long-term condition, including current NHS England approaches to routine frailty identification and evidence based intervention.

National Care Forum – Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum, will be delving into how social care providers should approach the use of technology. The opportunities that technology grants are huge – but the anxieties are myriad. Will it affect the quality of care, will there be breaches of data and will people understand how to use it? This session will tackle those anxieties head on and provide opportunities to explore how technology and data will shape the future of social care in all settings.

OT4Independence – Kay James is an Independent Moving and Handling Trainer, Advisor and Occupational Therapist. She runs her own business, OT4Independence Ltd, and has extensive skills, knowledge and experience working with adults and children who have complex disability needs. Her main areas of expertise include moving and handling people, prescribing assistive equipment and recommending housing adaptations to improve

Independence and quality of life. Kay will provide an interactive session covering the solutions and techniques for meeting personal care needs related to bed and sleep.

Simple Stuff Works – Sarah Clayton started working with families whose children were using night time positioning in 1998, and this work ignited a passion that has led to almost 20 years of work in this field. Sarah will explore the reasons why people adopt destructive positions at night time. Consideration will be given to the long-term impact of these destructive postures and the associated difficulties which may arise from them. Using a range of equipment, she will look at practical ways in which people can be supported in less destructive, and even corrective postures.

Brand New Features for 2018!

2018 will see the arrival of the Moving & Handling Lab; a dedicated area for healthcare professionals and trade in the patient handling and healthcare sector. The Lab will provide two full days of CPD accredited interactive training around the progressive techniques and expertise needed to effectively and safely support and transport individuals with disabilities or special needs. The lab will also showcase the most progressive patient handling equipment and technology available in the world.

The Home, Design & Build Summit is another incredible new feature that will explore accessibility in the built environment. From architecture and furnishing for the care sector, to home automation technology, this dynamic and lively area will be awash with a cross-section of buyers, suppliers and decision makers from the disability, housing and healthcare sectors.

If world class speakers, a plethora of industry leading suppliers and new features aren’t enough, Naidex will also have masterclasses, 1-2-1 practice support, hundreds of live demos and unparalleled networking opportunities. Don’t miss this free opportunity to continue learning and developing in the ever-progressing disability and healthcare sector.

Find out more information and register for your free ticket to attend at For sponsorship and exhibiting enquiries contact or call 01179902092.


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