Scotland’s largest disability, lifestyle and independent living event will make its return to Glasgow’s SEC in September – and allied 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. 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 e-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 2627 September, introduces the revolutionary OTAC Arena, the only free adaptation and equipment-based conference for occupational therapists in the UK. Located in the heart of ILS, this Arena brings OTs together in one place to offer advice, guidance and practical help to improve the industry as a whole.

Ability Fest

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 and understand how it affects their daily lives.

Tsitsi Lynn Makuni at QD Events, organisers of Independent Living Scotland, said: “It is great to see the interest in independent living in Scotland growing year-on-year.

As pressure grows on our NHS, community and home-care is often the preferred and more practical solution for people requiring care. This event showcases the latest in everyday living aids that enable people to live a more independent life with both control and choice.

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, paediatric specialists, nurses and professional carers. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to sign up for the CPD programme in advance to ensure a space at: