The OT Show & Care Show Have Teamed Up To Bring You…

The Virtual Care Festival

The OT Show and Care Show will be running the UK’s first Virtual Care Festival on the 25th – 26th of November 2020.  The festival will be a great opportunity to gain CPD through lectures and seminars, presented by our esteemed speakers from the industry, network with colleagues, and meet your favourite exhibitors.

In a time where face-to-face learning for health and care professionals is restricted, there still needs to be a space where professionals can network, learn and explore the latest innovations in the industry. The Virtual Care Festival will be a place where OT professionals can do this with ease. Today, audiences expect more. Not death by PowerPoint or disruptive phone calls, but a tangible online experience that is human, interactive, and engaging.

The Virtual Care Festival 2020 will run on 25th and 26th November. The event will be the largest digital gathering of Occupational Therapists and decision-makers working in social and private care both domiciliary and residential in the UK.

Why the Virtual Care Festival?

At the beginning of August, The OT Show conducted a survey to over 22’000 of OT professionals to see find out what could be done to help with their continued learning and development in the absence of face-to-face events. Out of those 22’000, a stunning 84% said online webinars would be the most beneficial under the current circumstances. To fulfil the needs of our OT community, we have designed the Virtual Care Festival. Although the live event can’t go ahead this year, we wanted to organise an event that was safe for both our community of Occupational Therapy professionals and their patients alike. We understand that a great deal of our audience work hard to support and improve the lives of vulnerable people, therefore, we felt it irresponsible to try and run an event in a live setting.

How will it look?

As a result of COVID-19, a number of physical event spaces have been turned into hospitals. Amongst these are the NEC Birmingham and ExCel London where Care Show and The OT show are run from. Alongside this, physical events have been unable to continue as a result of the rise in cases and possibility of a second wave. However, there has never been a more important time to provide an opportunity for OT and Care professionals in a safe space.

The Virtual Care Festival will run like an actual event but from the comfort, safety and convenience of your own living room. Just like a conference centre, you’ll be able to move around and talk to your colleagues like you would at any face-to-face event. This virtual space is split up into 4 areas for easy navigation.

The Entrance Lobby – this is where the journey starts with easy navigation to all the theatres, exhibition hall, and a help desk for advice.

Exhibition Hall – Where you can explore the latest brands, technologies and engage with the exhibitors. This virtual space allows you to have face-to-face conversations with the best companies in the industry. Visitors can explore over 50 interactive leading suppliers, showcasing different products and services for all their organisation needs, such as; Arjo, CareLineLive, CoolCare, Opera Care, Recrutive, Sumed, Vileda Professional, My Learning Cloud Limited, Essex County Council, AKW, Closomat, Hill-Rom, Accora Limited, OSKA, CareLineLive, Medequip and Opera Care.

Networking Lounge – Networking opportunities amongst peers and new acquaintances. A place to meet attendees, speakers, and other exhibitors.

The Theatres – Where the learning takes place. 5 theatres with world-renowned speakers to gain over 60 hrs of CPD engagement.


To provide an event that will benefit the education and learning of our community we have talks from some of the top names in the industry, some of which have provided excellent presentations at our live events in the past.

Among these are Dr. Michael Iwama, Dean at MGH Institute of Health Professions, Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, Former MP, Chair of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, Michael Mandelstam, Legal training in social and health care at Michael Mandelstam Ltd, Debbie Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector (DCI) of Adult Social Care at CQC and Nadra Ahmed OBE, Chairman of NCA.

The Virtual Care Festival will take place on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November 2020 between 09:00 – 17:00. Information on joining the event will be made available upon registering via email.

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