Naidex Scotland 2013 promotes independent living north of the border

PrintPublic Health Minister opens conference at Scotland’s sole event focused on disability

18 to 19 September 2013, SECC Glasgow

The bi-annual event, Naidex Scotland, welcomed just over 2,000 visitors to the SECC in Glasgow last week, including those living with disabilities, carers, healthcare professionals and businesses from across the north of England and Scotland. It is Scotland’s only event focused on disability, homecare and rehabilitation and took place from 18 to 19 September. The main Naidex National takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 29 April to 1 May 2014.

The event closed its doors following a packed programme of free seminars aimed at healthcare professionals and carers, paralympian appearances and product launches. Some 100 exhibitors and the biggest speaker programme in the show’s history, across two theatres, drew visitors from across Scotland and the north.

Dan Thurlow, portfolio director for the Naidex Events at i2i Events Group Ltd, said: “Once again, Naidex Scotland has brought together exhibitors, speakers, healthcare professionals and members of the public in a rare opportunity to buy, network and learn under one roof. With lively and packed seminars alongside the innovative products on show, Naidex Scotland is firmly on the map as an unmissable event for anyone with an interest in the latest tools and techniques to support independent living.”

The tone of success was set from the start with an opening speech by Tom Boyd, ex-Celtic footballing legion, who was joined by Stuart Gunn, the world’s fastest blind motorcyclist.

Paralympians Michael McCreadie and Gordon Reid were also at the show. McCreadie, a bronze medal-winning bowler and curler and Reid, and McCreadie, the British number one wheelchair tennis player, helped launch two new RGK products – the Tiga, a Kevlar-coated wheelchair and the Smart Drive, a revolutionary gadget that transforms an ordinary wheelchair into a powerchair.

Harvinder Rai, head of marketing at RGK said: “Naidex Scotland has been a great success for RGK. We’ve met lots of new Scottish customers who gave us great feedback on the new Tiga and power-assist Smart Drive, which was our objective for the show. We were particularly pleased that Nathan McQueen, a paralympian weightlifter, came to the show to get fitted for his brand new Tiga.”

Top exhibitors also included ArjoHuntleigh, Stannah, 1st Call Mobility, Drive Medical, Motability, AKW, Albion Mobility, Allardyce Healthcare, N&C Phlexicare, Fast Aid Mobility and NRS Healthcare, as well as paediatric experts Rompa and Whizz Kidz.

Innovations on show ranged from feeding devices, beds, chairs, and bathroom and kitchen equipment to the latest adapted vehicles including the new Mercedes Citan from Accessible Vehicles and Lateral Design. Also unveiled was the Pulg, an ingenious device, which makes the removal of plugs behind appliances and furniture effortless. The new Seren powerchair from Patterson Medical was also announced.

Conference for healthcare professionals

Among more than 40 speakers was Michael Matheson, MSP and Public Health Minister, who shared his point of view on the Public Bodies Joint Working Bill. In a well-attended seminar, Matheson explained the key benefits of the bill and how the present status quo, with was simply not an option. He shared his experiences as an OT, which was met with approving nods from the audience.

Gaby Stewart, Scotland Policy Officer at the College of Occupational Therapists commented: “We had a great panel debate at Naidex Scotland, which naturally followed the minister’s presentation. Michael Matheson MSP provided an update on the status of the Public Bodies Joint Working Bill and we then discussed the likely outcomes following his talk. The strong and packed audience of OTs and service users, as well as carers, enjoyed the debate and we had a good number of questions to cover at the end.”

The seminar led by Susan Kulwicki, district staff nurse at Forth Valley Hospital Board and Mary Kiroton, a service user was also jam-packed. The women gave an inspirational and moving speech on the power of the relationship between healthcare professionals and service users.

All of the free seminars were CPD accredited conference for health and care workers and covered hot topics from the future of telehealth and telecare to bariatric care and posture management.

Naidex National will take place from 29 April to 1 May 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham. Visit for more information.

About Naidex Scotland (

Naidex Scotland takes place at SECC Glasgow from 18 to 19 September 2013, with over 120 exhibitors and over 2,500 visitors expected. It is Scotland’s premier disability, homecare and rehabilitation event aimed at those working in social and health care and for people seeking the latest assisted living devices. The exhibition showcases the industry’s latest products and services to support care in the health service, at home and in care homes. A conference programme of free seminars also offers FREE learning and the latest thinking from leading specialists.

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