Driving Mobility, the charity that accredits a nationwide network of driving assessment centres, played a key role at the latest Royal College of Occupational Therapists Conference (RCOT).
The team representing Driving Mobility, which included OTs, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) and centre managers welcomed healthy numbers of OTs at the conference.
Information was available to all delegates regarding Driving Mobility services, which provides professional driving assessments and advice for individuals with restricted mobility.
This support can signpost clients to suitable adapted controls, wheelchair accessible vehicles, training and further services.
Centres operate as either independent charities or as part of an NHS Trust so that service users can gain, or retain, the ability to drive following a diagnosis involving impairment or disability.
Individuals can self-refer or are signposted by the DVLA, Motability, police and healthcare professionals such as OTs and GPs.
In addition to discovering information and seeing specialist steering controls, delegates were able to experience a vehicle simulator on the stand which proved to be very popular.
This interactive feature replicated equipment at many centres which is used to measure driver capabilities in a clinically-led format.
By sitting in the driving seat OTs were able to more clearly consider the many aspects to consider when assessing a client’s ability to drive safely.
Edward Trewhella, chief executive at Driving Mobility, said: “We were delighted that RCOT provided a successful showcase for Driving Mobility services and many delegates benefited from our exhibition display.
“As many regard us as the national voice for adapted motoring, being able to engage with so many OTs face-to-face is an invaluable opportunity to explain our client-centred ethos.
“As the national umbrella charity for all the centres, we believe in delivering independence for all and our strong relationship with healthcare professionals is key to achieving this promise.”