The national mobility scooter specialist TGA has won the prestigious Customer Service Team of the Year Award once more at the recent British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) Annual Awards Dinner, Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, London.

The BHTA is the UK’s largest healthcare association with all of its members adhering to a Trading Standards Code of Conduct. This means customers of member companies, such as TGA, can rest assured that they will receive professional support and service. The BHTA Annual Awards Dinner was a glamorous black-tie affair attended by key figures within the healthcare sector and proceeding were hosted by BBC journalist and celebrity Bill Turnbull.

Eyes and a citrus smell could help cut hospital infections

A picture of a man’s intense staring eyes and a clean citrusy smell have been found to substantially improve hand-washing and so cut the risk of hospital infections, according to a new study.

According to the latest research effective hand hygiene is the single most important procedure in preventing hospital acquired infections, which can lead to disease and even death for vulnerable patients and increase costs for the healthcare system. Yet the number of staff washing hands is often startlingly low in clinical environments.

Conference set to shine light on latest research into dementia and deafness

Deafness Support Network (DSN) is hosting a Deafness & Dementia conference in Chester in early 2016 to showcase the latest research and developments with regard to hearing loss and cognitive decline.
Research has indicated what may be a significant correlation between age-related hearing loss and increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia.

DSN is supporting research in this area in order to establish this link, ascertain the causes, and investigate any preventative measures that may be taken. This conference will also investigate the social isolation that can be triggered or amplified through this experience. The event will bring together thought leaders and researchers in this area, coupled with lived-experience examples from individuals affected.

mark Remembrance Day with Glasgow Art Exhibition

A new exhibition of work by visually impaired veterans opens to the public in Glasgow on Tuesday, 10 November and will run over the remainder of the Remembrance Day week.

The exhibition, staged by Scottish War Blinded will be held at the Scottish Veterans Residences home at Bellrock Close in Glasgow’s east end.

The artwork, inspired by their time in service, family, remembrance and the natural world, has been produced by members of Scottish War Blinded at its Linburn Centre in Wilkieston, West Lothian.

On Tuesday, 10 November the exhibition will open with artists on hand to meet residents at Bellrock Close and share experiences of time in service as well as touring the centre, which provides supported transitional accommodation for veterans of the Armed Forces.

Celebrities and cute puppies at the Hearing Dogs Awards

dogsLast night, London’s glamorous venue, One Marylebone, rolled out the red carpet for celebrities and their four-legged friends in aid of the annual Hearing Dogs Awards.

The star-studded evening was hosted by Dame Esther Rantzen for the national charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The pup-arrazzi were out in force to catch a glimpse of celebrities including Stephanie Beacham, Meg Mathews, Vicki Michelle, Anita Dobson, Capital FM's Pandora and doggy duo Ashley and Pudsey.

Diabetes Professional Care 2015 Welcomes Strong Exhibitor Lineup

Diabetes Professional Care 2015, the free, two day, CPD accredited multi-stream conference and exhibition, will take place at the Barbican Exhibition Centre, London on 11 & 12 November 2015. As well as an array of industry speakers delivering content-rich sessions, visitors will be able to hear from a wealth of exhibitors who will be using the show to launch their products and technologies. Visitors are welcome to attend for the whole event or a single day, dependent on their schedules.

Bayer will be presenting its latest CONTOUR meters, including its CONTOUR TS and CONTOUR NEXT range.

Diabetes Professional Care 2015’s Show-stopping Show Features

Diabetes Professional Care 2015, the two-day, free-to-attend, CPD accredited conference boasts a range of highly anticipated show features for healthcare professionals and scientists.

This multi-stream conference will be held on 11 & 12 November 2015 at the Barbican Exhibition Centre, London. Visitors will see the latest diabetes technology, hear the newest thinking and research whilst networking with like-minded professionals and industry experts, such as Neubourg Pharma, iHealth, Abbott Diabetes Care, Bayer, MSD and Team Blood Glucose.

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Visually Impaired Veteran Hugh Maguire to receive Legion d’Honneur decoration

Visually impaired veteran Hugh Maguire will be decorated tomorrow (Friday 16 October 2015) with France’s highest national order, the Legion d’Honneur, in recognition of service during the liberation of France in 1944.

Mr Maguire, who served in the Royal Ulster Rifles, landed on Sword Beach on 6 June 1944 and would later perform a heroic act of courage as the regiment advanced towards the important strategic city of Caen.

The regiment met heavy resistance advancing towards Caen and Mr Maguire was injured by a shell burst which propelled him 12 feet in the air as they approached the designated sector of Hill 60.

Road to Rio starts for learning disability care provider with athletics event

boy and landyWith the countdown to the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro well underway, people supported by learning disability care provider, CMG, gathered in Surrey to take part in an athletics competition.

The Olympic spirit was very much alive and well as 200 people were in attendance at the CMG Athletics Day at the David Weir Leisure Centre in Sutton. They took part in a wide range of sporting events. As well as the 100m and 200m sprints, people could also join the wheelchair obstacle race, surfing (on a simulator) and even Tai Chai.

British Lung Foundation wins BMA award for COPD Patient Passport

On Monday 7 September the British Lung Foundation (BLF) won first prize in the category ‘information that aids decision making’ for their COPD Patient Passport at the 2015 British Medical Association (BMA) Patient Information Awards. Patient representatives Chris Warburton, who accepted the award, John Hubbold and Colin Failes attended the awards ceremony.


The Scottish Documentary Institute is proud to announce that its latest production Seven Songs For A Long Life will be released UK wide from the 2nd October to support Hospice Care Week (5-11 October) in association with Hospice UK.

The film will have its red-carpet World Premiere on the 2nd October at the 470 seater auditorium in MacRobert Centre in Stirling, Scotland, before screening in cinemas and community venues from Inverness to Brighton.

Discover a world of worry-free motoring at Motability’s FREE Warwickshire event

This summer, disabled motorists and their families can find out all they need to know about the Motability Scheme by heading to the One Big Day event at  Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on Saturday 12 September.

The indoor event will showcase a variety of vehicles available to lease through the Motability Scheme and is a great day out for all the family with a range of activities such as test drives, face painting and the chance to win an iPad mini. One Big Day in Warwickshire is free to attend, including free parking and visitors are also treated to a free cup of tea or coffee when they arrive.

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Young Driver gears up for a visit from the Special Friends Club

22 disabled local teens get behind the wheel of a car on a special driving course

A group of disabled youngsters made some of their dreams come true when they got behind the wheel of a car for the first time at Bristol Cribbs Causeway.

Twenty two youngsters, along with parents, from the Special Friends Club visited Young Driver on 12th August, to give them the chance to try driving in a safe and controlled environment.

Because Young Driver lessons take place on private property it can teach anyone aged 11 and over, including those with disabilities which may mean they will never be able to legally drive on the roads.

Blind Braveheart fundraiser running to raise money for friend’s electric wheelchair and a chance of “Freedom”

Local Gateshead man, Gary Ferguson, (who is certified as legally blind) is selflessly running the Great North Run in order to improve his friend, Graham Dobson’s quality of life.

Gary Ferguson, aged 54 from Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear is calling on local residents to help him raise £40,000 to buy an electric wheelchair and modified VW Caddy in order to help his friend Graham Dobson, who suffers from Spina Bifida.

Gary has set up a page on global fundraising platform GoFundMe and has already managed to raise £1,205 in just over two weeks but would love to be able to increase his donations with the support of the local community.

Project explores how well Europe’s workplaces are adapted for disabled

Coventry University is investigating the challenges disabled employees face in the workplace as part of a Europe-wide project exploring how organisations can embed ergonomics into the design of jobs and facilities. The ERGO WORK initiative has already seen the University’s School of Art and Design work with partners in five EU countries for over a year to explore how improved ergonomic features in a place of work could positively affect people with disabilities and improve equal employment opportunities. A study carried out by Coventry University as part of the project found that out of 520 employees surveyed across companies in Belgium, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and the UK, less than half (49%) believed that their workplace was well adapted to accommodate disabled staff.

Local footballer plays for Team GB in Euro Deaf Football Championships

Ex City College apprentice, Philip Swift, has represented team Great Britain in the European Deaf Football Championship in Hanover, Germany.

Philip, 25, from Highfield, Southampton, swapped his computer monitor for football boots to represent GB in a forward position. The team took home bronze after being knocked out by a 3:2 defeat from title-winners Turkey in the semi-finals. A 2:1 win over Ukraine on June 26 saw the team secure third place.