There was a large exhibition area at this year’s Headway conference and HomeCareDirect were lucky enough to have a stand to promote personal health budgets and the benefits of our third party services as well as promoting personalisation and the benefits to people when they have full choice and control over their care at home services.

Exhibitors offered a diverse range of information and services from solicitors, crafts activities, supported accommodation, respite care, equipment and transitional rehabilitation to name just a few.

There was a steady stream of people throughout the day, many chose to do workshops in the afternoon and spend the morning in the exhibition area others made the choice to attend workshops in the morning and browse and mingle in the exhibition area in the afternoon, so we were kept busy and able to talk to lots of people throughout the day.

From 8am when we set up we had an abundance of visitors some people knew a little about personal health budgets, most knew very little about the subject, so we had plenty of informative chats and distributed lots of NHS information alongside our HomeCareDirect leaflets

As you may know, personal health budgets are available in through NHS England so it was interesting to talk with people from Scotland, Wales and Ireland who asked many questions and took away lots of information even though the progress and availability of personal health budgets is different in each of these areas.

Gary Smelt, HomeCareDirects Independent Living Planner who led this event said:

“From a personal point of view, I have to say that I have never been to a conference where people are so upbeat friendly and willing to listen and talk about their lives so openly. This was a great networking event and one of the most striking things from my conversations with everyone is how little knowledge people have about personal health budgets so it was a pleasure to be able to talk to so many people and hopefully enable them to have a better understanding of the options available to them.”

If you, or someone you know, are interested in finding out more about HomeCareDirect services then we would be very pleased to hear from you so please get in touch with us or visit our website here.