More than 90 people attended an NRS Healthcare Community Equipment Product Awareness Day in Hull and East Riding to increase their knowledge and awareness of a diversity equipment for sensory seating and standing frames for adults and children.

The free event took place at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust’s Willerby Lecture Theatre in Hull, and saw occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses, commissioners, assistants specialising in adults and paediatrics and moving and handling coordinators attending from across the northeast of England and further afield.

It also attracted students from Hull and York University and nearby sixth forms interested in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and nursing.

Occupational Therapist Emma Newton, who organised the event alongside OTA Anita Hitchin, said:

“We were overwhelmed at the number of attendees who visited from all areas of the region. It was beneficial not only to those attending but to us as well, in raising awareness of the products available to support with treatment interventions and rehabilitation needs for both adults and children. The exhibitors were so enthusiastic and welcomed any questions raised regarding the products and expressed interest in supporting future NRS Healthcare Product Awareness Days. The day was such a success and we were proud to promote the capabilities of the clinical team which has helped us enhance relationships with prescribers, commissioners and exhibitors.”

The day, which was divided into two sessions, was attended by various exhibitors including Jiraffe, Easy Stand Direct, Leckey, Owestry Standing Frames, Etac, Shuchmann, AAT The Stairclimber People, and Smithwaite who provided talks and demonstrations.

Lee Curran, Regional Sales Manager for Etac, said:

“This event was a fantastic opportunity for us to network with therapists across the region. It enabled us to show the range of seating we provide to NRS as well as demonstrate the features and benefits. It was a great venue allowing participants to walk around freely and the intake of those attending was well received by all the companies and feedback was encouraging from all the reps. This was by far one of the best attended events we have been to in the north. Thank you very much for organising it.”

Prescribers who provided feedback after the event said:

“It was a brilliant day which I found very useful – particularly the clinical talks as it gave me a lot more confidence around prescribing sensory seating.”

Other comments included:

“A simple and effect day, but would love to visit another NRS event like this again”, and “I was really pleased I made the effort to visit as it was such an informative event.”
3rd March 2023