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18th September 2018
Kent Showground
ME14 3JF
10am - 4pm
Free Admission

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Who should visit

4 Disability?

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

Occupational Therapy Integration Theatre

Working together – Delivering more Programme

Morning Session

Introduction and Occupational Therapy in Social Care and Prisons.
KCC Jane Miller/ Emma Gartside
Occupational Therapists adding value in the short term pathways D2A/ Home First.
KCC Arti Vyas/Angela Illing
Palliative Specialist Occupational Therapy; helping patients live through end of life.
KCHFT Shirley Rashid
Showcasing Occupational Therapy for People with Learning Disabilities in Kent
LD KCHFT Diana Ramsay
Vocational Rehabilitation and Recovery Colleges
KMPT Debbie Bray

Afternoon Session

Showcasing Occupational Therapy for People with Learning Disabilities in Kent
LD KCHFT Diana Ramsay
Double Handed and outcome based care project
KCC Jenny Harris, Helen Alden & Lesley Robinson
Working with vascular challenges through to prosthetic limb/wheelchair assessment
Medway NHS FT Julie Ryan/Helen Garrish
Enablement for Adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions
KCC Sue Eltringham
Falls Prevention
KCHFT Sally Hall AHP lead
Tackling Integration- What approach?
KEaH, ICT, KCC Rachel Letchford
Locality Clinical Manager Lesley Perry Children’s Therapy services
"Me and my equipment”
Enabling Children through adaptations
KCC Lizzy Pearce


Medway Dragons -- Wheelchair Rugby

I'm a coach/team manager for Medway Dragons based in Gillingham. First up Wheelchair Rugby League IS NOT Murderball/Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby - you don't need a high level of SCI to qualify. We're open to all disabled, able bodied, female, male! Our age range is 9-mid 50's! Our game follows the rules of the running version of Rugby League with a few tweaks, tags for the tackle, 5 a side, played on a basketball court with in door rugby posts. Our head coach Mark Roughsedge is also the England national coach. Below him we have 3 fully qualified RL Level 2 coaches (all licensed and DBS checked). Our range of disabled players include, Spina Bifida, CP, SCI, amputees and autism. 10:30AM - 11:00 AM

Lucy & Molly Dog -- WINNERS OF FRIENDS FOR LIFE 2014

I nominated Molly for the Friends for Life competition at Crufts, the world's biggest dog show, and in January 2014 we found out we were one of five finalists. We went to the Kennel Club headquarters to launch the competition on the 18th February and Crufts itself came up thick and fast. We had an amazing weekend, and the British public really got behind us, voting us winners of Friends for Life 2014. It was a whirlwind of media requests after that, with newspapers and websites around the world publishing the story, and we appeared on The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Look East. It was truly magical, something we will never forget. And less than 2 months later, Molly was awarded a Dogs Today Medal.
  • Picking up dropped items
  • Fetching the post
  • Undressing me
  • Fetching items
  • Passing notes between me and others
  • Fetching help
  • Closing doors
  • Pressing door and lift buttons
  • Fetching my medication pouch
  • Carrying items for me
  • Loading and unloading the washing machine
  • Pulling my blankets off my lap
This doesn't really justify what an exordinary team they are and above is only a small segment of some of the incredible they can do. To find out more about Lucy and Molly please see link Lucy and Molly

Adaptive Martial Arts

Adaptive Martial Arts CIC is a non for profit community interest company, which has been set up by disabled to help people who are disabled, perminantly injured or in ill health to get into exercise and Martial Arts.
At Rise 4 Disabilities Maidstone exhibition we will be putting on demonstrations and adaptations of the Martial Arts we offer, including Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The team will also be on hand during the day to discuss and educate people on the benefits and types of different Martial Arts. We can help identify the right type of Martial Art for you and how you can adapt and keep yourself safe and injury free. We can also sign post you to a reputable school.

Maidstone Football Club / Maidstone Raiders

Maidstone Utd Football Club will be at RISE with individuals with ranges of disabilities showcasing there footballs skills as well as offering trials for anyone that maybe interested in joining the football club.

Stuart Wheeler-- Freedom Wheelchairs

  • Intro – brief description on who I am, what I do and why.
  • Forward pushing technique.
  • Reverse pushing technique.
  • Safe turning – space awareness.
  • Flicking front casters – why do you need this?
  • Kerb ascent and descent.

WDSA Wheelchair Dancing

The WDSA (UK) have been developing and promoting wheelchair dance and para dance sport for 10 years, interest is at an all-time high in the UK and more and more people are getting involved every month. Katy North has been a qualified wheelchair dance instructor for almost a year and has been teaching at her dance school in St. Neots, she is looking forward to meeting new people and getting them involved in dancing at Rise 4 Disability!


RISE 4 Postural Management Conference

Seating Matters

Improving Postural Management: The Essentials of Clinical Seating.
This presentation will examine the common clinical challenges associated with achieving postural management. It will examine how to increase activity related, psychological and physiological functional ability and how this can be improved using clinical seating. Clinical results will be shared on how to replicate the groundbreaking results from the clinical study with Ulster University on how to improve patient function, achieve best posture and reduce manual handling.

Posture Care

Posture Group - Night time Positioning


Bathing & Showering Positioning


Achieving good posture is vital to daily living. It enables independence, encourages interaction, allows safe eating and drinking, promotes physiological function, and manages comfort levels. Sometimes our ability to achieve good posture is affected, either through injury or disability, and this can have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing. Specialist seating aims to allow individuals, who might otherwise have difficulty, to sit out and enjoy life. This presentation will explore specialist seating and how it impacts on quality of life. We will consider its role in the management of posture and pressure, and discuss the five essential considerations for achieving successful seating. Learning outcomes: •
  • Understand the importance of specialist seating in managing posture and pressure
  • Appreciate the impact specialist seating can have on daily living, and ultimately quality of life
  • Understand the key points for achieving successful specialist seating

BES Rehab

Frequently equipment for children is designed by adults on the basis that scaling down adult equipment will suffice. This presentation looks at why this is not the best of plans, in that the specific clinical and social needs of children need to be addressed. The aim of this presentation is to appraise the range of aspects that need to be brought into focus when designing equipment for children. These include physical growth, cognitive development, social needs, educational needs, family needs (which would apply to any children's equipment) and then from the areas we work in, what are specific needs generated by the causes and effects of th disability we are working with.

Speed Sourcing

Bathing & Showering


10:10AM - 11:00 AM

Sensory Integration

11:10AM - 12:00 AM

Moving and Handling

12:10AM - 13:00 AM

Seating & Mobility

13:10AM - 14:00 AM


14:10AM - 15:00 AM

Sleeping & Positioning

15:10AM - 16:00 AM

RISE Conference

QEF - Tryb4uFly

Making it easier for disabled people to fly. Providing cabin assessments, information about flying an hir equipment to make your journey easier.


Assisting limbless veterans to lead independent and fulfilling lives

Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, is an Armed Forces charity dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limbloss or the use of a limb, an eye or sight. We support these men and women in their communities throughout the UK. with Frank Garside

Tree of Hope

Tree of Hope supports families who have children who need operations, therapies and equipment not freely available via the UK health sector. I will talk about the benefits of working with a registered charity rather than crowdfunding and give case studies of children we have helped across a broad spectrum of conditions

Lucy Watts MBE

In my speech I hope to cover a bit about my journey, how my conditions have impacted upon my life, about how much I struggled in the early years of my illness and about my charity work and my need for a purpose in life. I hope to show people you can still succeed and achieve with a disability or medical condition, it’s about finding your strengths and working within your limitations and using your talents and passion to allow you to achieve great things

Joe Southall - OT

Managing energy levels with pacing

St James Place Wealth Management

At St. James’s Place, we focus on achieving and maintaining a thorough understanding of your financial needs and aspirations. We believe passionately that the best wealth management service is provided through personal, face-to-face advice. Our Partners deliver that service, supported by a comprehensive range of financial solutions and a distinctive approach to investment management, which enables them to create financial plans that can adapt to your changing needs and circumstances.

Questions about our conferences or Speed Sourcing workshop? Call 01268 206251 or email us for more information.



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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