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Assistive Technologies magazine covers the disciplines of rehabilitation, orthotics, prosthetics and orthopaedics as well as further treatment through associated specialists in fields such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy and mobility engineering.

This website brings together information about assistive technology that has the potential to support the independence and leisure opportunities of people with dementia.

The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists was established to encourage high standards of prosthetic and orthotic practice. It is committed to Continued Professional Development and education to enhance standards of prosthetic and orthotic care.

DLF is a national charity that provides impartial advice, information and training on daily living equipment.

The Foundation for Assistive Technology (FAST) is a charity governed by a Board of Trustees. As a small, independent organisation FAST relies on working collaboratively with other members of the AT community, across statutory, voluntary and private sectors to bring innovative products to market and to improve services for disabled and older people.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is an independent, UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct of the 12 healthcare professions that it regulates, including orthotists and prosthetists, and hearing aid audiologists.

HealthInvestor is the UK healthcare industry’s most respected information source with UK news covering all the month’s important political and business developments, news analysis offering a critical look at key events and features that offer in-depth examinations of the industry’s hot topics, such as primary care reform, the private hospital market and independent NHS providers.

Living made easy is produced by the Disabled Living Foundation and is a leading source of impartial advice, information and training on independent living for disabled adults and children, older people, carers and care professionals.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the government agency which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe. The MHRA keeps watch over medicines and devices, and takes any necessary action to protect the public promptly if there is a problem.

Moving & Handling People is an annual CPD accredited event organised by Disabled Living Foundation. It is in 3 parts, with a conference with 5 plenary and 6 concurrent sessions, a series of practical, interactive workshops and comprehensive exhibition with its related New Products Gallery and Professional Resource Centre.

The National Association Equipment Providers has been working over recent years to establish a network of regional groups throughout the United Kingdom.

The Orthotic Education and Training Trust was originally set up by the Department of Health and the British Surgical Trades Association, in partnership with the British Institute of Surgical Technologists, to provide a private fund for the training and education of orthotists. The income was substantially derived from a levy on orthotic device sales to the NHS. This levy ceased when the training of orthotists progressed to degree courses funded directly by government within the state higher education system.

The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.

The British Association and College of Occupational Therapists is the professional body for occupational therapy staff in the United Kingdom

The Posture and Mobility Group (PMG) aims to provide an umbrella organisation for communication within the fields of posture and mobility, provide an interdisciplinary forum for continued education, research and debate, promote high standards of service delivery and to encourage collaborative working between professionals in existing and evolving services

THIIS – The Homecare Industry Information Service, is designed for professionals and trade contacts looking for up to date news about the latest homecare products, updates to existing products, new services and developments. Sections include the ‘Literature Rack’, ‘Safety First’, Product Updates and ‘TCES Update’. Whether you are an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, work in the Community Equipment Services, NHS, Social Services or as a private practitioner, THIIS will keep you informed.

Your Turn is a national movement campaigning for the mandatory reporting of incidents of pressure sores in the UK. Pressure sores are estimated to currently cost the NHS up to £4 billion a year, yet reporting of their prevalence in our hospitals, care homes and in the community remains voluntary. Your Turn is working with MPs, health professionals, patients and carers to make reporting of all incidents of pressure sores mandatory – to make clearly visible the scale of the issue, and ensure that the number of patients suffering from this painful condition is greatly reduced.

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