Latest from BHTA's Director General

14 September 2016

The issues surrounding the future funding for the NHS is now firmly in the public agenda.  The BHTA is actively engaging with stakeholders to reiterate the part member companies can play in reducing the cost burden on the acute, community and Local Authority sectors.  This week I have written to the Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, pointing out the inaccuracies contained within the recent Mail on Sunday reporting of the reissue/recycling of community equipment.

In Scotland, our Parliamentary Advisor has been arranging a series of meetings for the BHTA with Health Spokespeople from across the political parties where we will be outlining the key messages contained within the manifesto created by the BHTA Scotland Group.

The Association’s Childrens Equipment Section have this week launched their paper on the provision of equipment for children entitled ‘Failing Disabled Children Across the UK’.  A concerted social media campaign resulted in the paper being accessed over 450 times within 48 hours.


21 September 2016

This weekend the BHTA team will be at Trade Days exhibition on Stand TG102  and we hope you will have an opportunity to stop by the stand for a catch up.

With GS1 barcoding and PEPPOL hot topics at the moment we will have Phil Brown from GS1 with us on Monday morning and Julian Cobbledick from i-retailer is at the show to help guide you through the EPOS and scanners you might need to consider for your business.

Also please visit the Thiis stand for a team photograph and HATS (Healthcare Assistive Technology Society) to discuss becoming a member. Please come and meet up at our stand.


05 October 2016

With Trade Days and the ASCN Conference back to back last week we decided to miss out last weeks Newsletter.

At Trade Days we took a number of new member enquiries which we will be following up over the next few weeks. Many of our members had staff split between this show and Rehacare Dusseldorf but BHTA member stands were very prominent with the logo everywhere in the hall.

BHTA exhibited for the first time at the Association of Stoma  Care Nurses Conference Bournemouth in support of our members.

There was a high showing of BHTA members in the conference and Steve Perry and Kevin Hodges were engaging with the stoma care nurses about our Code of Practice and members. Kevin delivered a lecture on “Working in partnership with industry”

We still have a busy time with Care and Dementia and OT Show to come. If your exhibiting or attending either shows come along to the BHTA stands.


12 October 2016

We had a positive Board meeting today, the first chaired by Alastair Maxwell (Crest Medical) and, sadly, the last to be attended by Joe Cavanagh (JFC Consulting) who has decided to stand down after many years of service to the Association - our thanks to him for all his efforts.

I am pleased to note that we have a full house for our social media workshop tomorrow, an example of some of the practical activity we are undertaking to help support you.  

Our Operations Manager, Nad, has been flying the flag for BHTA today at a study visit hosted by member company Blatchfords, the audience being international regulators interested in how medical devices are regulated here in the UK and how we self-regulate via the Code of Practice.

If anyone is having trouble with the link in the email circulated yesterday about the survey the Crown Commercial Service is conducting on expereince of late payment by the public sector, Sarah advises trying this one instead:


19 October 2016

Plans are now well underway for ways in which to mark the Association's Centenary next year. Events will include Parliamentary receptions at both Westminster and Holyrood.

Steve Perry is keen to hear from member companies who have archives relating to our industry, contact him at

We Compare Mobility was recently found to have breached the BHTA Code of Practice following failure to deliver product, or provide a refund in timely manner, both to members of the public and trade customers. The company has therefore been removed from membership.