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What's New

Win Health Medical’s unique new bladder diary Minze Diary Pod Consumer is an automated bladder diary with Flow App for people struggling with bladder health and urination issues.   A [...]
Bringing accessibility to the great outdoors A significant proportion of the UK population has access needs – but accessible outdoor holidays are not as readily available as they should be. [...]
Shape Arts comes to Venice Biennale Often described as the Olympics of the art world, the Venice Biennale has been running since 1895, and is the must-visit international festival of [...]
One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust – OHMI The OHMI Trust aims to enable children and adults with physical impairments to play musical instruments, whether at school, at home or professionally.   [...]
Low satisfaction with social care If you were shocked to hear that public satisfaction with the NHS had declined to an all-time low of 24%, the situation with social care [...]
New WHILL R scooter extends TGA range For 35 years, TGA has been committed to providing mobility products of the highest standard to help their customers not just get by, [...]
Do Not Attempt Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Compassion in Dying has launched a new report, What people need from a DNACPR decision and discussion. Do Not Attempt Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) [...]
First-ever workforce strategy for occupational therapists A shortage of OTs is contributing to long waiting times for mobility equipment and home adaptations. So it is timely that the Royal College [...]
A study examining what people really want from digital care services and devices has identified the nine things they value most, but don’t always get. Social policy researcher, Dr Sarah [...]
DHSC supports innovation through Accelerating Reform Fund Users of adult social care services and unpaid carers will benefit from a £20 million boost, with the first allocation of money from [...]
What damage is being caused by plastic pollution? A new study into the effects of plastic pollution on mitochondria has just been published by Cambridge University Press. The meta-study reviewed [...]
Motability funding for SIA travel project SIA (Spinal Injuries Association) has been awarded a grant of £800,000 from the Motability Foundation to fund their ‘SCI Travel Confidence Project’. The two-year [...]
Mastering seating assessments for children and paediatric patients Independent Living subscriber Vivid Care has a useful webinar coming up next Tuesday, 26th March. Mastering Seating Assessments for children and paediatric [...]
Moving CP up the agenda in an election year Sadly, it remains the case that while children with cerebral palsy are relatively well supported, for adults the situation is much [...]
A growing need for new ways of working This post has been contributed by TACT (Trusted Assessor and Care Training) Many older and disabled people across the UK experience delays [...]
Carer’s Credit is an important benefit for any carer, as it helps fill gaps in the National Insurance record which come about when caring responsibilities prevent full-time work. It has [...]
Please note that new claims for Severe Disablement Allowance are not accepted – it has been replaced by Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). This page is for information purposes for [...]
Disabled Students Allowance – help with extra costs Students with a disability, mental or physical; long-term condition; or learning difficulty can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance to help with [...]
Widowed Parent’s Allowance has been replaced for new claimants by Bereavement Support Payment This benefit is dealt with by Job Centre Plus – you can find your local office here The [...]
Your social services department can arrange a short stay in a residential care or nursing home if it will help you or someone who cares for you. This may be [...]