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Conference programme available for Naidex event

Naidex : 10 March, 2014  (Company News)
Free health and social care conference in the UK to host seminar streams in disability, homecare and rehabilitation
Conference programme available for Naidex event

Naidex National, a UK disability, homecare and rehabilitation event, announces its conference programme with dedicated streams of seminars for case managers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Running alongside the exhibition, the free CPD certified conference features more than 100 expert speakers in over 70 sessions across five theatres. The programme was developed through over 30 hours of in-depth peer research to discover the most pertinent topics alongside consultation with key industry bodies to tailor the highest calibre of content.

Taking place at the NEC Birmingham from 29 April to 1 May, the UK’s largest free conference for health and social care features some of the biggest names in the industry who will offer expertise and guidance on the most topical areas of interest.  More than 10,000 visitors are expected over the three days of Naidex.

Multidisciplinary Theatre

One popular subject in the practically driven Multidisciplinary Theatre is likely to be Personal Health Budgets, which will be covered by Smriti Singh, Personal Health Budgets Delivery Team at NHS England, John Beasley, Department for Work and Pensions and Dr Alison Austin, Department of Health.

Other headline speakers in the Multidisciplinary Theatre include Jane Silvester, Social Care Guidance and Quality Standards at National Health Care and Excellence who will talk about NICE quality standards to support people living well with dementia. Sharon Allen at Skills for Care will address the need to find and retain a quality workforce.

Back by popular demand, Alan Rosenbach at the Care Quality Commission will comment on an update on CQC regulation and inspection of care services and Julia Love from National Back Exchange will address safety whilst using hoists.

Partnering with Naidex for the first time in the show’s forty-year history, the National Wheelchair Managers Forum will curate two seminars in the Multidisciplinary Theatre. Jenny Rolfe, senior occupational therapist at The Oxford MND Centre will lead one.

NEW COT Zone (two theatres)

Naidex National 2014 is partnering with the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) to create the new COT Zone, which will provide three days of seminars to registered attendees – 36 seminars will be delivered across two theatres. For the first time at Naidex, a full College-led programme will take place in one location, including ‘meet the expert’ sessions, student-focused seminars and workshops with COT staff. Combined with attendance at the COT’s annual conference, visitors will be able to obtain all their CPD needs thanks to a trip to Naidex.

COT Zone visitors can find out how to access Personal Health Budgets (PHB) at Rachel King’s talk (Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group), while Julia Skelton Director at the College of Occupational Therapists will look at what the Care Bill means. Shelagh Morris OBE, Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions Officer at NHS England will evaluate the new commissioning system’s first year.

NEW to Naidex 2014 is the Commerce and Industry Theatre

The Commerce and Industry Theatre is aimed squarely at businesses, offering advice and guidance on contracts, marketing, regulation and what new health policies mean to the independent living business community.

Ethos Educational Theatre

The Ethos Educational Theatre by Handicare returns to the show for 2014, providing practical advice on safe moving and handling techniques for healthcare workers across the three-day event.

Matthew Tingey, Naidex event director, said: “Once again, we’re investing heavily in the Naidex conference to ensure all the key topics are covered. With the COT curating two theatres for the first time, visitors are guaranteed to get information on the latest developments for OTs as well as meeting their CPD requirements.”

Naidex National partners for 2014 include the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA), the College of Occupational Therapists (COT), the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC), the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) and Foundations.

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