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Independent Living Section

Independent Living Section

Chairs and Vice Chairs:
◉ Mark Baumann (Chair)
◉ Richard Gomm (Vice Chair)
◉ Currently recruiting (VC for retail)
◉ James Parramore (VC for industry suppliers)

Upcoming section meeting
21 February 2024
Virtual via Microsoft Teams

Dates for your diary
6 February – Retailers day REGISTER HERE
21 February 2024 – Section meeting
25 June 2024 – Joint section meeting in person
5 November 2024 – Section meeting

Useful resources
MHRA Guidance 
◉ Red Medtech – 10% BHTA discount 
Mobility Assessment form
Track my Carbon – BHTA Discount 
BHTA Advantage
Catch up on past webinars
Lithium Battery Guidance


The Independent Living Section is the largest and most diverse section within the BHTA. Member companies cover the design, manufacture, distribution, retail, service and maintenance of independent living products and services.

Current projects:

The section has recently partnered with NHS Supply Chain to create updated guidance on measuring walking aids. Designed
to standardise measurements and terms across the industry, the guidance can be downloaded here. Read the press release to learn more.

The section is also working to establish best-practice procurement guidelines for Community Equipment Providers. The aim is to produce a set of guidelines for procurers to make tender processes more efficient.

Earlier this year, the section held its first Member Product Showcase. The virtual meeting brought together suppliers and retailers of assistive living equipment to create new opportunities and forge business partnerships. Keep an eye out for the next event.

And finally, the section has been working on published guidance around lithium batteries. This covers the safe disposal of lithium batteries in mobility equipment. Read more here.