ARTICLE: Essential Domiciliary Care Trade Shows 2014

The Guys from Malinko! Providing domiciliary care is a very specific activity, as opposed to the care sector as a whole. As a result, there isn't a trade show that exclusively deals with domiciliary care agencies. However, there are many overlaps in terms of the concerns for carers and service users and as such they can usefully be grouped together. We've been checking out what is on offer if you are a domiciliary care agency or home care business. There are a few options to attend a domiciliary care trade show in 2014 (in no particular order):

1. Health + Care They charge entry if you are not a professional in the health and social care sector, so for exhibitors it should keep things focused and for delegates it should mean you've got exhibitors that are talking about things you are interested in. It is a two day conference with over 7,000 delegates. There is a home care specific area developed in association with UKHCA.

**STOP PRESS** The Health + Care show is normally a chargable show, but we've got a limited number of free tickets for this show. Please contact antony@malinkoapp.com if you want a ticket!

2. Care Roadshows - This is a series of local home health care shows across the country. It started in 2011 and is designed to bring carers who are local together to share experiences as well as hear from professionals and discover new products. It is aimed at care home providers, professionals in social services and healthcare along with those involved in home care.

3. Great British Care Shows - This is another series of local care shows, although slightly larger in terms of delegate number than Care Roadshows, although it only started in 2012. It is held in association with Ceretas, who describe themselves as the Professional Association dedicated to individuals working in Home Care. They are trying to appeal to everyone in the care sector from the service user living in the community to commissioners of local authorities and care associations, fellow traders, managers and directors.

4. The Care Show - Larger, national show that occurs twice a year - once in Bournemouth and once in Birmingham. It isn't specifically about home care, but is about care for older people. It has a narrower focus in terms of its audience than the two above and is very much a trade show - the Care Shows are designed to provide education, products and services for those owning, or running any organisation responsible for the care of older people. There is a home care specific area developed in association with UKHCA.

5. Naidex This is not just about being a home care professional, but is focused on living independently as well as care within the home - it has over 300 exhibitors featuring the latest products and services to aid independent living. Again, this is not just a trade show, but is designed to appeal to a wider audience. It is split (roughly evenly) three ways - Trade, such as manufactures and care groups, Healthcare Professionals and End Users and family. It lasts 3 days.

It is interesting that these shows have all taken slightly different approaches - some focusing on trade and business, whilst other trying to talk to all stakeholders involved in domiciliary care. I would love to know what you think is the better approach?

See below for a calendar of all the events that are still upcoming this year:

  • Naidex 29/04/14 - 01/05/14
  • Great British Care Show London 01/05/14
  • Great British Care Show Northeast 07/05/14
  • Care Roadshow Leeds 13/05/14
  • Great British Care Show East Midlands 21/05/14
  • Care Roadshow Liverpool 03/06/14
  • Great British Care Show Yorkshire 04/06/14
  • Great British Care Show Southwest 11/06/14
  • Great British Care Show Southeast 18/06/14
  • Care Roadshow Derby 24/06/14
  • Great British Care Show Northwest 25/06/14
  • Health + Care 25/06/14 - 26/06/14
  • Great British Care Show West Midlands 02/07/14
  • Care Roadshow Bristol 21/10/14
  • The Care Show 04/11/14 - 05/11/14
  • Care Roadshow Brighton 18/11/14