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Access Independent have two new training workshops available to book for December. We will be holding the sessions on Monday the 9th in Birmingham and Monday the 16th in London. Please see the eventbrite listing below or our training and CPD page for more details.

In 2019, the DfT issued updated criteria to extend eligibility for Blue Badges to people with hidden disabilities. This workshop is intended to assist Local Authorities and healthcare professionals in implementation of the revised Blue Badge criteria and build best practice for individuals involved in assessing eligibility for the scheme.

The workshop is open to all and builds upon our previous introduction to the changes by focusing on real-life case studies. The course will examine current interpretation of the new criteria provide delegates the opportunity to have some of their questions and queries answered by representatives from the DfT.

This valuable opportunity will provide delegates with both a comprehensive overview of the best practice approaches being implemented across the sector and give authoritative answers to any queries or difficulties they are encountering.

Delegates are encouraged to submit their questions and queries by 11th November, and the DfT will aim to provide answers ahead of the workshop.

The workshop will cover:

  • Study of the updated criteria and their impact on eligibility
  • In-depth look at the conditions most likely to be encountered under the updated criteria and the types of evidence that assessors can expect to utilise
  • Understanding the user groups likely to benefit from the updated criteria and developing service structures that are fair and accessible for them
  • Approaches to ensure informed decision-making where documented evidence is sparse
  • Potential constraints, challenges and limitations and how to overcome them
  • Presentation of real-life case studies looking at complex case scenarios and how the criteria is interpreted when assessing those.

Delegates are encouraged to get in contact ahead of the day if they have a case study they would like to present or discuss at the workshop.

  • DfT responses to delegate queries and group discussion thereof.

The workshop will also provide:

  • Opportunities for networking, further learning and understanding

The course will be delivered Stephen Naylor (Managing Director, Access Independent) and Sue Gray (OT – Clinical Lead for Eligibility Assessments). Sue has worked closely with Access Independent and our Local Authority and third sector partners to develop the tools and approaches needed to accommodate the changes to the criteria. Stephen has worked directly with the DfT and a number of special interest groups to develop appropriate assessment approaches and clarify intended interpretation of the published guidance and has provided hidden disabilities training to Local Authorities nationwide.

Multiple Q and A’s will be held across the day and time is allotted for learner-directed topics.

A full buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day are included, so please let us know of any special dietary requirements as soon as possible.

Early bird tickets are £120 per person, or £170 thereafter.

If you would like to know more information, please feel free to contact Lindsey Powell or Stephen Naylor on 01223 229091

to book, please visit the eventbrite page:

London: @ https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blue-badge-implementing-hidden-disabilities-criteria-with-dft-qa-tickets-75640255039

Birmingham: @https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blue-badge-implementing-hidden-disabilities-criteria-with-dft-qa-tickets-76237200519

Please note, cancelling a booking requires written notification, we kindly ask that if you must cancel a booking you offer as much notice as possible as places are limited.

Cancelled bookings will incur an administration fee of 20% of the total booking fee if made 6 weeks or earlier from the course dates and an administration fee of 60% of the total booking fee if made 2-6 weeks before the course date. We are unable to offer refunds to cancellations made with less than 2 weeks’ notice.

Travel and accommodation expenses cannot be refunded

We are currently recruiting experienced Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists for Expert Assessor positions for Blue Badge and Concessionary Travel Schemes across London. Pay is competitive, from £165-£195 per day dependent on location, equivalent to £40,000 – £50,000 full time earnings potential. The work is aimed at independent professionals and can be booked as little or as often as needed to fit around your current schedule. Assessor will need to be fully qualified professionals with relevant experience in a health or social care setting. Full training on the role, supervision and support is provided.

Positions are also available outside of London, please enquire for vacancies.

We are also recruited skilled independent Occupational Therapists to provide assessments across London and the UK. Cases are primarily housing and adaptations assessments however specialist and paediatric cases are also required.  Interested professionals will require at least 3 years post qualification experience in a relevant setting and be able to demonstrate relevant specialist knowledge as well as exceptional organisational skills. Supervision and support are provided. Rates are competitive and will vary with complexity and location. Please enquire for further details.

Positions are also available outside of London and we also welcome independent professional who wish to sign up with us to be considered for future services and ad-hoc assessments.

If you are interested and would like more information about the roles available please contact us via our contact form or direct to Lindsey Powell on 01223 229091 / lindsey.powell@accessindependent.co.uk

In June 2018 the Department for Transport agreed to clarify the criteria for eligibility for Blue Badges to be more inclusive of people living with hidden disabilities, providing parity between mental and physical health conditions.
Occupational Therapists, with their broad knowledge and experience of holistic assessment techniques, are one of the best-placed professions to fairly determine eligibility.

We will be hosting talks at the 2018 OT show this November to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by this change in criteria and the work being done to provide OTs with the tools and guidance they need to confidently make eligibility decisions and lead the way in this new and evolving area.

Stephen Naylor, MD of Access Independent, and Sue Gray, Senior OT in the blue badge assessment service, will be joined by Fern Silverio, Head of Service – Collections & Housing Benefits for the London Borough of Harrow, and Shaidi Khan, Accessible Transport Manager for the London Borough of Southwark, to discuss the upcoming changes and the vital role Occupational Therapists have to play.
To learn more about the opportunities for Occupational Therapists and the work being done to support them please join us at this year’s OT show,

Stand H31.

Weetwood Hall Leeds Hotel and Conference Centre, Otley Road, Leeds LS16 5PS

29th of October 2018, 09:30 – 16:30

Run by Stephen Naylor, MD, Access Independent Ltd

Looking to have better work/life balance or wishing to work as an Independent Practitioner?
Our How to be an independent OT training workshop aims to equip any OT with the essentials of working Independently  including:

  • Demystifying tax
  • VAT
  • Insurance
  • What to charge
  • Effective credit control and bookkeeping
  • What is your Unique Selling Point
  • How to set yourself apart
  • How to sell your service in a way that’s comfortable
  • Diversifying your skills

Cost: £120 for first 10 people, Standard rate £170, includes lunch etc.

To book please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-be-an-independent-ot-tickets-48402489148

Please contact Lindsey for any queries @: lindsey.powell@accessindependent.co.uk or 01223 229091

Please do not book travel or accommodation without written confirmation that the course is going ahead, we are unable to refund such expenses

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