27 Nov 2017


“The essence of occupational therapy is in the hands of the clinician – they are the centre of our concerns and we can learn through them – that’s what I associate with The OT Show. That’s why I want to be a part of it and I come back every time I can”

Professor Michael Iwama, Professor and Chair, Occupational Therapy, Augusta University

“There’s something different every year and it covers a lot of topical interests. I enjoy the variety of the lectures and exploring the stands too. You can pick up bits and pieces to show your patients to give them more options” Holly Neaton, OT, Dovedale Day Hospital

On the 22nd and 23rd November an impressive 4,700+ members of the occupational therapy professions embarked on to the NEC, over the course of two days to attend The Occupational Therapy Show to take advantage of the outstanding exhibition floor and world-renowned programme – all for free!

The Occupational Therapy Show offered two days packed full of hundreds of trade suppliers, on-stand training, cutting edge innovation, as well as first class education, renowned speakers, 80+ hours of accredited CPD and regulatory updates, meeting the needs of all occupational therapists from across the UK. Free for delegates to attend, the atmosphere at the Birmingham NEC came alive once again as the doors opened to the Show’s 5th anniversary event.

Thousands of OT professionals poured in to the NEC hall, to make the most of the extensive trade exhibition with more than 270 manufacturers, suppliers and training providers in attendance. These included Stannah, AKW, Invacare, Seating Matters, Joerns and Etac, to name just a few! Delegates had the perfect opportunity to discover new innovations and the latest products, materials and technologies to reach the UK market. There were also plenty of live demonstrations of products and on-stand learning for delegates to make the most of.

Professor Michael Iwama, commented further: “Two years ago the show was so much smaller than what it is today – when I see all the people it just tells me that it has grown so much in popularity – there are more vendors now too, it’s huge!”

To complement the major exhibition, The Occupational Therapy Show hosted an education programme with streams for all OTs including mental health & learning difficulties, physical, neurology in practice, children & families, innovation, research and housing & adaptions.

Among the highlights of the educational programme was the Keynote Theatre, where outstanding sessions were delivered by the likes of Professor Michael Iwama, Dr Joanne Fillingham, Stephanie Saenger and Michael Mandlestram, among many others. There were also another six theatres packed full of informative lectures which all proved highly popular over the course of the two days.

New for 2017, the Posture and Wheelchair Essentials Theatre – supported by PMG & NWMF – drew a huge crowd of delegates with a focus on wheelchair and seating assessments, particularly looking at pressure management, special seating and manual wheelchairs.

Adding to the networking and social opportunities, The Occupational Therapy Show Awards provided an afternoon of celebrating achievements for three well-deserved Award Winners and three Highly Commended Nominees, these are as follows:

Outstanding Occupational Therapy Leadership and Innovation Award:

Winner: Lyndsey Barrett

Highly commended: Moira Fitzsimmons-Holling

Outstanding Occupational Therapy Award:

Winner: Jilly Newsom

Highly commended: Mayuri Tokekar


Outstanding OTTI/OTA/Service User Contribution Award:

Winner: Martin Ellacott

Highly commended: Jane Cleaver


The Poster Zone also proved, once again, to be a popular area of the show where individuals and teams within the OT profession shared best practice and networked with colleagues from across the UK. Another popular networking opportunity - OTea Time – enabled delegates to enjoy a slice of cake and hot drink, whilst networking with the exhibitors and peers alike!

Richard Pino, OT, Harrow Council Social Services, added: “This is my second time at the show – it is great to come here and be enlightened by the presentations and all the new innovations and products available.”

It is easy to see why so many regard The Occupational Therapy Show as the OT event of the year. Get the dates in the dairy for next year to make sure you don’t miss out – 21st & 22nd November 2018!

The Occupational Therapy Show next takes place;
Dates: 21st & 22nd November 2018
Venue: NEC, Birmingham


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