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18th September 2018
Kent Showground
ME14 3JF
9:30am - 4pm
Free Admission

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Moving and Handling

Our moving and handling conference and workshop is run by A1 risk solutions and will include an exciting combination of sessions, including names such as Deborah Harrison, Melanie Sturman and Carole Johnson. Covering a range of hot topics, such as; Single-Handed Care how to overcoming the many barriers, practical solutions for complex Single-Handed Care, and difficult decisions and managing challenging behaviour.

Deborah Harrison -- Director of A1 Risk Solutions

Single-Handed Care is it suitable for the person with challenging behaviour?

A short theory session of about 15 mins followed by 30 minutes or so of practical solutions

10:00 -- 10:50
The development of a hygiene (toilet/access) sling assessment tool to promote safe prescription:
A collaborative approach.

Originally a nurse, furthered her studies in moving and handling, ergonomics, worked as an advisor across all sectors.

Now the Director of A1 Risk Solutions, Honorary Lecturer at the University of Salford and involved with research. Deborah created the only online system that has a research and evidence base, it contains 340 videos, accompanying picture and written guidance and books. The system is being adopted across boroughs, across the NHS, councils, care homes and care agencies. Deborah developed Rospa trainer’s packages Level 3 and 4 qualifications in M&H and Single-Handed care.

Catch Deborah talks :-- 10:00 -- 10:50

Melanie Sturma

Is there a conflict between our professional code of conduct and moving and handling legislation?’

This session looks at the person centred and health and safety led legislation and how it impacts on our duty of care decisions and professional code of conducts. Melanie feels as professionals we are expected to take risks and organisations expect professionals to provide something they may not feel comfortable doing. Human Rights Law has had a significant effect on the rights of individuals, particularly those with more complex healthcare conditions. Melanie will provide case examples of how she has managed to put across her professional code of conduct before moving and handling legislation to support clinical justifications.

Catch Melanie talk :-- 11:00 -- 11:45

Deborah Harrison & Melanie Sturman

Sit to Stand transfers using a graded approach to moving and handling

The session will explore different techniques and varying pieces of equipment to assist the person to stand. This session will address when would you use the equipment, especially if the person has varying ability. Using the community BMAT tool as part the paid or informal carers process can assist them make that decision. Come along take part in the session and collect your copy of the community BMAT assessment tool.

Melanie is a Registered Nurse with a specialist interest in moving and handling.

Melanie graduated with a MSc in Back Care Management in 2008, specialising in plus size handling, falls management and supporting individuals with dementia and challenging behaviour. Melanie has written numerous articles for health and social care journals and was co-author of the Handling of People 6th Edition. Melanie is a regular speaker at national and international events. Melanie supports clinical staff with complex moving and handling assessments, building adaptations and training of care staff as part of her role in Norfolk Council. Melanie also provides expert witness support.

Catch Melanie talks :-- 13:00 -- 13:45

Melanie Sturman

‘Is it challenging behaviour, behaviour that challenges or distress?’

There are 850,000 people with dementia living in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025 and soaring to two million by 2051. This session will explore the definitions of behaviour, identifying the antecedents that could lead to distress. Delegates will learn practical tips and tricks and a strategy tool kit to support individuals who have dementia and ways of managing distress.

Catch Melanie talks :-- 15:15 -- 16:00

Postural Management

New for 2018 RISE will hold its very own postural management conference. The conference will compromise of 5 seminars covering a variety of subjects to educate and increase CPD on postural management. Our time table will include key subjects such as: assessment and equipment prevision within the community, night time positioning, specialist seating, pressure care, safety etc. Which will be delivered by known guest speakers within the industry.

Alison Johnston, Physiotherapist- PMG

A - Z of being a Posture Management and Seating Therapist.

This session will be a whistle-stop tour through posture management, seating and wheelchairs. In the time available it won’t be exhaustive, but I’ll be happy to expand on any topics you feel have not been given enough time. I hope it will show some of the range that is covered on a daily basis in this kind of role and there will be emphasis on some of the more important aspects of the job. Be assured it is an exciting and challenging job, but when it all comes together for the client, there is nothing more satisfying!

Alison is a physiotherapist on our Research Committee. She recently retired from Bromley Wheelchair Service, where she worked for 15 years as the Clinical Lead. She’s now working independently and as the MNDA Wheelchair Project Physiotherapist at QEF

Catch Alison talks :-- 10:15 -- 11:00

Emma Friesen, Clinical Director- Wealden Rehab

Assessment and usability of mobile shower commodes

Mobile shower commodes and shower chairs are used for activities including intimate hygiene, showering, and toileting. In this presentation, participants will learn about recent research on the use, usability, and assessment of these important assistive technologies. The presentation will review recent research showing the major activities and routines undertaken by users, and the importance of assessing usability-for-one (U41) to specify configurations.

Catch Judith talk :-- 11:15 -- 12:00

Emma Friesen is a Rehabilitation Engineer with extensive experience in wheeled mobility, seating, and assistive technology service delivery. Emma’s PhD research, completed in 2016, focused on the use and usability of mobile shower commodes for adults with spinal cord injury. In her current role at Raz Design Inc, In her current role Emma provides clinical education and training on shower chair design and assessment, and consults on clinical aspects of medical device regulations in Europe. .

Mark Amos -- AAT

A product guide to 24 hour postural management

Stabilo could be the answer to solving a number of postural support issues for patients over a 24hr period. A head to toe approach enables you to give the support and comfort your patient requires from a simple, yet effective solution. Product ranges from a simple arm support through to a complete customisable sleep system. We can also give you the desired postural support while bathing. Seeing is believing........... start thinking outside the box.

With over 17 years experience within the healthcare industry, working side by side with Occupational therapist and physiotherapists to find solutions for their clients. Knowledge in postural supports and postural needs.

Catch Mark talk :-- 12:30 -- 13:15

Sue King- Safespaces

Safe living and sleeping environments for people with learning difficulties and behavioural issues

Sue will explain how soft, customised, safe rooms and high sided beds can provide an appropriate environment for sensory integration, behaviour self-management, or treatment. Sue will show how people with challenging behaviour, sensory processing difficulties, or lack of awareness of risk can have their needs addressed by appropriate adaptations.

Safespaces has been providing customised safe rooms and high sided beds for people with complex needs since 2001. Sue’s role brings her into daily contact with parents, carers, health and education professionals, who are seeking solutions for issues affecting adults & children with a wide range of needs. She will share this experience in the form of case studies, showing how effective solutions can be identified to a range of issues..

Catch Sue talk :-- 13:30 -- 14:30

Deana Alzapiedi -- Physiotherapist

Deana Alzapiedi - Trial and tribulations of postural management in a community setting

I am v a Band 7 Physiotherapist working at NELFT in a Community Rehabilitation Team. I qualified in 1989 and have worked for the past 29 years
in a mainly community setting. I have worked in community paediatrics for 15 years specialising in complex neurological conditions and integrating children
into mainstream schools. I have worked for 3 years in a hospital for profound physical & learning disabilities and was part of the team that closed it & enabled people to live in the community.
I have worked for 2 years in a Specialist Nursing Home for people with profound physical disabilities. I have been working for the past 10 years with an Integrated Care Team as an Adult Community Physiotherapist.
My main areas of interest are Postural Management/ upper limb recovery with dynamic splinting and enabling independence. I am retiring this year after an amazingly varied career.

Catch Deana talks :-- 14:45 -- 15:30

Occupational Therapy Integration Theatre

Working together – Delivering more Programme

Morning Session

Introduction with Jane Miller
KEaH (Kent Enablement at Home) Occupational Therapy Self-Assessment Tool as an outcome measure.
Gill Davies Patrick/Caroline Holt/Emma Smith/Anne Crocker
Moving & Handling- Joint working to facilitate hospital discharge
Syanne Aston/Kate Francis
Collaborative working in the community, working with patients to reduce falls risk
Shirley Rashid/Jane Wheadon
Getting it right for People with Learning Disability
Tabitha Hunter/Jane Reeves
Occupational Therapy practices in Mental Health
Hayley Miles/Emma Dunton/Tom Hayes
Avoiding behaviours that challenge in Dementia Care
Donna Morling- Grove

Afternoon Session

Single Handed Care – does it work in a Care Home?
Kay James
Integrated Triage Pilot.
Karen Neary
“Mind the gap” – Supporting Transition from Children to Adult Services in Kent.
Belinda Swain
Creative use of OTs in the Short-Term pathway/hospital discharge. .
Barbara Rickman
Working with Neuro Therapy services in the Acute Sector
Jane Duffy/Liz Woods

Housing and Adaptations Theatre

Christine Downs- Centra Telecare

Telecare Presentation

Christine Downs- Centra Telecare

Catch our talk 10:00 - 10:20

Tristian Bruce, MRICS Surveyor- Peabody South East & Helen Moore, Surveyor- Swale Borough Council

Home Improvement Agencies – how we can help

Tristan is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has worked for the Home Improvement Agency for more than 15 years and has extensive experience of delivering surveying services for disabled adaptations, extensions and decent home loans together with advice and information on housing repairs.

Helen has previously worked within local government, she has experience of working within Private Sector Housing, Homelessness, Housing Options, and an internal Home Improvement Agency. Helen’s more recent work has taken her full circle back to her surveying days and works for Peabody Home Improvement Agency as a surveyor delivering technical services for Disabled Adaptations. She as a depth of knowledge around housing and housing related issues

Catch our talk 10:30 - 10:50

Janice Greenwood, Private Sector Housing Manage & Nigel Bucklow- Maidstone Borough Council

Disabled Facilities Grants

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Janice Greenwood trained as an an Environmental Health Officer and has specialised in housing for nearly 40 years. This background has enabled her to demonstrate a holistic approach to the delivery of DFG within the wider housing background. She has an extensive knowledge of the disabled facility grant having been involved with its delivery since its creation! Janice has been part of a team of colleagues in Kent developing improved links between health and housing and is regularly asked to speak on how these initiatives are being developed.

Catch our talk 11:00 - 11:20

Robin Kennedy, Private Sector Housing Manager

Other Grants/Housing Improvements

Dover District Council I qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1978. I have worked in a number of local authorities and have worked at Dover District council for 30 years. I have been involved with Disabled Facilities Grants since they were first introduced in 1988 and with all forms of grants and loans for 37 years. I am responsible for the Private Sector Team at Dover with an annual budget for grants and loans of around £2m.

Catch our talk 11:30 - 11:50

Christine Downs- Centra Telecare

Telecare Presentation

Christine Downs- Centra Telecare

Catch our talk 12:30 - 12:50

- Phil Entwistle, Surveyor- Peabody South East & Jatinder Sahni

Home Improvement Agencies – how we can help

Between Phil and Jatinder Sahni, they have over 20 years’ experience of delivering Disabled Adaptations and providing advice and information to aid people to remain living independently, this ranges from the technical aspects of adapting a home to information on available grants and loans and researching potential charitable avenues.

Catch our talk 13:00 - 13:20

Janice Greenwood, Private Sector Housing Manage & Nigel Bucklow- Maidstone Borough Council

Disabled Facilities Grants

- Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Janice Greenwood trained as an an Environmental Health Officer and has specialised in housing for nearly 40 years. This background has enabled her to demonstrate a holistic approach to the delivery of DFG within the wider housing background. She has an extensive knowledge of the disabled facility grant having been involved with its delivery since its creation! Janice has been part of a team of colleagues in Kent developing improved links between health and housing and is regularly asked to speak on how these initiatives are being developed.

Catch our talk 13:30 - 13:50

Janice Greenwood, Private Sector Housing Manage & Nigel Bucklow- Maidstone Borough Council

Hospital Discharge schemes, OT secondment, Disabled Facilities Grant review, Future work– what should we be doing?

Linda manages the private sector housing & health improvement teams at Tonbridge & Malling BC. She oversees the Disabled Facilities Grant programme which helps people to remain independent at home and is working with health colleagues closely on a hospital discharge scheme, linking improving housing conditions with health and supporting GPs with the holistic health

Catch our talk 14:00 - 15:30

Abilty & Advice

Julienne Verhagen, Director- Mzuri Training

The Power of Interactive Care - 8 steps to change the lives of people with disability

Are you fustarted with the standard of care that people with disability often endure? Are you a concerned about the way family member is being supported, and you want to make their lives better? In this workshop, Australian experiential expert, Julienne Verhagen, outlines the 8 themes which define what Interactive Care is, and how to raise the living standards of people with limited mobility and limited or no speech.

Julienne Verhagen, Director- Mzuri TrainingJulienne

Catch our talk 10:00 - 11:00

Tabitha Fung- Wheely Brits

‘When Your Get Up and Go Has Got Up and Gone’

Tabitha will be talking about the challenges of living with no diagnosis, and the importance of having good networks of people who you can turn to, people who understand about living life with a disability.

At the age of 32 Tabitha was healthy, until one morning when she woke up with no feeling or movement from the waist down. 4 years on there is still no reason as to why she became a full time wheelchair user overnight. Tabitha set up Wheely Brits in November 2016 so that people who have disabilities could meet and support each other through an understanding network. In a little over 18 months, over 2500 members provide support, advice, friendship and empathy to other UK wheelchair users and their carers.

Catch our talk 11:15 - 12:00

Dominic Lund-Conlon- Lead Editor, Review My Wheelchair

Review My Wheelchair Live

Join us for Review My Wheelchair Live, where we’ll be undertaking a review and a quick look at wheelchairs in the countryside. Let us know if you’re looking forward to it using #rmwcLIVE – as well as following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Catch our talk 12:30 - 13:30

Dominic is a wheelchair user of over 25 years lived experience. With over 1.2 million wheelchair users in the UK, Dominic runs Review My Wheelchair – a unique resource that provides reviews that involve the user.

Graham Race, Project Lead- Tryb4uFly

Tryb4uFly; Making It Easier For Disabled People To FlyGraham

Have you booked a flight or are you considering flying this summer? Join us as we unpick your journey by air and showcase the help and support that is available at UK airports and once on board. From making a booking, to arriving at the airport, moving through security, and then boarding – we give you top tips to improve your passenger experience and increase your confidence to choose flying as a means of transport.

Catch our talk 13:45 - 14:30

Graham Race is a pioneer in the field of access to commercial flight for disabled people, having designed the award winning MERU TravelChair and setting up QEF’s ‘Tryb4uFly’. Tryb4uFly provides information, confidence and practical demonstration for disabled people who are considering flying. Graham is passionate about the role that aviation can play to inspire independence and achieve life goals.

Stuart Wheeler- Freedom Wheelchair Skills

Wheelchair Skills Training, why it makes a difference

About the benefits of having good wheelchair skills, the value this brings to an individual’s independence, when these vital skills are used and what skills are best used in particular situations

Catch our talk 14:45 - 15:30

Stuart Wheeler is a full time wheelchair user and runs a wheelchair skills training business. With experience in training wheelchair users with a variety of different needs for over 12 years.

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Health Professionals

  • Access to free CPD training
  • Network with colleagues and peers
  • Research on new and exsiting products and services
  • Conferences from industry experts

General Public

  • Find supporting services and charities
  • Network with like minded people
  • Research on new and exsiting products
  • Market place to purchase daily living aids
  • Live Entertainment from inspirational people
  • Motivational speakers


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Here are some of the amazing reviews we have recieved

"Really enjoyed the exhibition today. Attended the Increasing Independence In Toileting talk but mainly visited the stands and gathered some very interesting information."
-Mrs C, Assessment Officer

"Thank you for a very informative day yesterday I found it very useful and well worth the trip up from Southampton."
-Mrs S, Clinical Advisor

"I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to exhibit yesterday - it was a great turnout and we had a great response to assist-Mi amongst the OT's! I hope it all went very well for you, from what I saw, it was all a great success!"
-Keely W, assist-Mi

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