Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Bottle Bank, Gateshead, NE8 2AR

01st May 2024

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Welcome to OTAC Newcastle

OTAC – a free one-day event for professionals involved in home adaptations

Have you registered for the OT Adaptations Conference? Attendance is free and it’s a great way to find out about the latest equipment and hear from leading speakers in the field of home adaptations. Register as a delegate on this page to secure your free ticket.

The OTAC conference programme provides OTs, Trusted Assessors and others involved with assessing for home adaptations with up-to-date talks and the opportunity to get hands-on trying out the latest products. Acknowledged as the leading event in its field, the one-day regional OTAC conference and exhibition programme is trusted to provide OTs and professionals involved in assessing for adaptations with one stop shop access to the latest thinking in home adaptations, specialist talks, opportunities to network with peers and speak to a range of product specialists all in one place.

The programme includes a full day of talks from leading figures in the industry along with an exhibition of equipment and solutions for home adaptations. You can view the latest programme of talks further down the page.

Tickets include full refreshments including lunch and there is parking at the venue.


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12m x 2m | 4msqCareflex

22m x 2m | 4msqLewis Reed

32m x 2m | 4msqTriton Showers

42m x 2m | 4msqAthena Handling

52m x 2m | 4msqAvailableBook Now!

62m x 2m | 4msqAvailableBook Now!

72m x 2m | 4msqTerry Lifts

82m x 2m | 4msqAthena Handling

92m x 2m | 4msqStiltz

102m x 2m | 4msqAvailableBook Now!

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TT1Table TopPrism Healthcare

TT2Table TopCentrobed

TT3Table TopSomek & Associates

TT4Table TopUccello Kettles

TT5Table TopShine

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Room: Hillgate
Time: 8.30 am - 10.00 am

Registration and exhibition time

Room: Hillgate
Time: 10.00 am - 10.15 am

Introduction, housekeeping and welcome to the conference

Stuart Barrow, Promoting Independence

Room: Hillgate
Time: 10.15 am - 10.45 am

Tracey Rumfitt, Sunderland Social Services

Room: Hillgate
Time: 11.00 am - 11.30 am

Why you should consider becoming an expert witness

Barbara Franks, Somek & Associates

Room: Oakwellgate
Time: 11.00 am - 12.30 pm

Specialist Seating & Postural Care - Back to Basics

Les Jones, Careflex

Room: Hillgate
Time: 11.40 am - 11.50 am

Demonstration of the products

Kelle Anne Molloy, Uccello Designs

Room: Hillgate
Time: 12.00 pm - 12.30 pm



Room: Gateshead Foyer
Time: 12.30 pm - 2.00 pm

Lunch and exhibition time

Room: Hillgate
Time: 2.00 pm - 2.30 pm

Gino Farruggio, Stiltz

Room: Oakwellgate
Time: 2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Access for all

Chris Edwards, Lewis Reed

Room: Hillgate
Time: 2.45 pm - 3.15 pm

Shower safety in the care sector

Ron Henderson, Triton Showers

Room: Hillgate
Time: 3.30 pm - 4.00 pm



Room: Hillgate
Time: 4.15 pm - 4.30 pm

Closing thoughts and event finish

Stuart Barrow, Promoting Independence



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Event Details

Date: 01st May 2024
OTAC Opens: 8:30 am
Lunch: 12:30 am
OTAC Closes: 4:30 pm


Hilton Newcastle Gateshead

Key Sponsor

Session Sponsors

Who Should Attend?

Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and support staff, Commissioners, people working within housing (surveyors, architects and technicians), Occupational Therapy students, charities and charitable organisations.

What people say about OTAC events

Greg Whelan

Marketing Manager - Apex Medical Limited

Apex Medical Limited enjoy working closely with the OTAC and Promoting Independence Teams with the mutual aim of offering great products, information and service to all of the attendees at the events. We’re thrilled to be taking part again in a live setting!

Louise Cusack

UK Regional & Specialist Section Manager at Royal College of Occupational Therapists

We found it extremely beneficial being able to attend an occupational therapy event situated in the North East. OTAC Newcastle presented us with a perfect opportunity to engage with occupational therapists and present the benefits of the profession, as well as promoting membership of the College of Occupational Therapists. We were able to address a number of professional queries as well as recruiting a satisfactory number of new members. There was a good mix of exhibitors, which definitely complemented the format of the event.

Simon Thomas

Sales Manager - Geberit AquaClean Care

OTAC® ran an online webinar for us and it couldn’t have gone any better. We had over 200 registrations within a matter of hours, and the event went very smoothly indeed. Feedback from delegates has been fantastic, we’ve already scheduled our next one. Many thanks to Stuart and the team!

Yola Mealing

Head of Marketing - Stiltz™ Homelifts

As Stiltz™ are keen to continue to reach out to the OT community, I was really pleased that Stuart offered us the opportunity to get involved in his webinar. We were delighted to learn that over 200 delegates attended the event to watch our Trade Sales Director, Gino run the presentation from his home office!

Neil Whitehead

Brand Manager at Impey Showers

The Impey team would like to thank OTAC for an absolutely fantastic conference and exhibition at Reading today. The planning and execution of the event were faultless and we would be very keen to deliver further seminars at OTAC events in the future. The feedback we received on our dementia-friendly bathroom design seminar was superb and our sales team was pleased to establish some very interesting new contacts.

Stefanie Bennett

Marketing Executive at Handicare MHBS

Having committed to OTAC events for a number of years, Handicare MHBS always find that the events generate a number of quality leads. The events provide Handicare MHBS to successfully demonstrate CPD accredited Ethos Education workshops which have proven to be incredibly popular.

Mike Kavanagh

Director at Laybrook Ltd

Laybrook has attended many regional exhibitions at OTAC all over the UK. It is great to be able to show our products to occupational therapists and many healthcare professionals in various locations across the UK. With many thanks for a great service.

David Bertorelli

Regional Sales and Assessment Manager at Abacus Specialist Bathroom Solutions

We have exhibited with OTAC in the various areas of the UK. We find the attendance OTAC exhibitions invaluable because they enable us to showcase our latest products and services direct to the specifiers and clinical professional. Unlike the large national exhibitions which are normally located in the centre of the UK, OTAC exhibitions are located within easy reach of our potential customers and service users.

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