Thursday, 10 May 2012

NAIDEX NATIONAL 2012 HAILED AN OUTSTANDING SUCCESS

Building on the success of three fantastic Naidex shows last year the first of the 2012 events has now drawn to a close. There was a brilliant atmosphere throughout the three days which was heightened on day one by the appearance of Simon Weston OBE, who called Naidex National a “fantastic event which is a must for anyone affected by disability to attend”.

The first day of the show was a particularly early start for some as BBC Breakfast News broadcast live links from the event between 6am and 9am. Various exhibitors were interviewed by business presenter Steph McGovern and the appearance of Naidex National on prime time TV got everyone talking about the show before the doors had even opened! Despite the rain, visitors flocked to the event to see the latest developments in wheelchair accessible vehicles, home adaptations, rehabilitation equipment and all sorts of other independent living solutions that enhance the lives of those affected by disability or long term illness.

Naidex National is all about bringing together the best manufacturers and suppliers of disability products so that visitors can test and compare the solutions they need. Maria Brown’s son Angus has Duchene’s muscular dystrophy and she says that Naidex National is a key date in her family’s diary. “We come to see what new equipment is available and get the wonderful free help and advice that’s on offer. We need a new car and a powerchair and at Naidex we can see both in just one day! What’s amazing is that we get to try all sorts of things at once and we always discover new products we didn’t know existed. Naidex is the place to come to find what you’re looking for and I recommend visiting to everyone.” It was Angus’ first time at Naidex and he also thoroughly enjoyed his day, saying: “It was lots of fun and I’m really excited about our new car too!”

As well as the many families visiting the show healthcare professionals attended in their hundreds, all taking full advantage of what the free Naidex Conference had to offer. With dedicated streams for all professionals including OT’s, physios, case managers and speech and language therapists the three seminar theatres remained full to the brim throughout the event. Sam Harris, chair of Case Management Society UK, recommends the seminars to all case managers and other professionals who want to keep up to date with the latest products and practices and occupational therapist Julie Hardman told us that the programme is ‘extremely beneficial and not to be missed’.

If you didn’t make it to this year’s Naidex National then there is still Naidex South to come where you can expect to see more inspiring products, services and CPD content at London ExCeL on the 17th and 18th of October. Entry is, as always, completely free and you can see more information and register for tickets at
www.naidex.co.uk/south. The launch of Naidex Care, which will be co-locating with Naidex South, is also an exciting new opportunity for care home owners, managers and care providers to source, test and compare products designed to aid independent living.

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