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External Links

Visits Unlimited
Provider of training and strategies for accessibility for disabled visitors to public venues

Euan’s Guide
Informative venue rating website for disabled people and their friends and families, including the rating of Changing Places facilities nationwide.

Leading construction company specialising in design and build for adaptations.

United Care Products
United Care focuses on developing innovative tools for transfer of care and welfare. They also look for appropriate solutions aimed at maintaining independent living, living and working for people with reduced mobility looking at the capabilities of our customers and not their limitations. OpeMed work with United Care to provide patient handling solutions globally.

The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity
AKA Super Josh! Have partnered with OpeMed and Astor Bannerman as Aveso to raise awareness for Changing Places in the UK.

Changing Places
The Changing Places Consortium has launched its campaign on behalf of those people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers, as well as many other disabled people.

The official sponsor of the Changing Places Campaign, a company that offers free design, advice, support, installation and maintenance of Changing Places Rooms

Disabled Go
An online access guide for a large range of venues across the UK which are accessible to the general public. To view the accessible venues see website

Centre for Accessible Environments
CAE is concerned with the practicalities of inclusive design in the built environment and provides information, design guidance, training and consultancy services

Hodges Model Blog
Provides a space for reflections on a Health, Social Care and Informatics model with universal potential in terms of application and users

Independent Living
UK based community site which provides news, views and product information designed to assist with living independently. It is a completely open resource for the use of disabled and elderly individuals, health and social care professionals and family carers.

National Back Exchange
UK based multidisciplinary group for those with an interest in backcare and prevention of work related musculoskeletal problems


UK national charity that provides free, impartial advice about all types of daily living equipment and mobility products

Back Care
Independent national charity registered as the National Back Pain Association that helps people manage and prevent back pain

College of Occupational Therapists
British Association / College of Occupational Therapists is the professional body for occupational therapy staff in the UK

Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

IOSH is Europe’s leading body for health and safety professionals, with nearly 33,000 members worldwide, including 13,000 Chartered Safety and Health Practitioners. The Institution was founded in 1945 and is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that sets professional standards, supports and develops members and provides authoritative advice and guidance on health and safety issues. IOSH is formally recognised by the ILO as an international non-governmental organisation

Moving and Handling People
Moving & Handling People is an annual CPD accredited event organised by Disabled Living Foundation


Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations

A site to promote the interests of those disabled people who need to use hoists and particularly those who need, or prefer, ceiling track hoists. The lack of ceiling track hoists in away from home accommodation (hotels, guest houses and self-catering accommodation) severely limits many disabled people’s ability to go away for leisure, business, or important social events

HSE Statistics on Work Related Injuries in Health and Social Work

Social Care and Health in Hampshire, UK

UK Health Directory

Reference Articles

Nursing Times (Jan 09)
Manual handling 4 – using a sling hoist

Papworth Trust
Solutions to UK Care Crisis

Evidence Based Research: June 2009
The effectiveness of ceiling hoists in transferring people with disabilities

Nursing Times (Mar 05)
Determining the space needed to use a mobile and overhead patient hoist

UK HSE – Risks to Service Users Known to Self-Hoist and Transfer Using Ceiling Hoists
A general article from the UK HSE issued Feb 2010. The OT200 addresses many of the issues raised in this article with its automatic manual emergency lowering