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The new online Abacus Academy, from Abacus Specialist Bathroom Solutions, is now live, providing free CPD bathing education to healthcare professionals.

Abacus Academy is free for professionals and aims to become the hub for all education regarding assisted bathing.

Following an announcement last month about the new educational platform, Abacus has invested in its new Academy to support occupational therapists (OTs), physiotherapists and moving and handling practitioners.

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Containing the latest guidance from OTs, the Abacus Academy is an easy-to-use portal to enhance everyday practice with material that counts to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portfolios. Visitors are able to qualify for CPD certificates via reflective logs and bespoke material is available on request.

Topics available at launch include evidence-based practice, posture, and moving and handling, with more to follow. From bitesize videos and theoretical papers to client case studies, the Abacus Academy aims to provide a holistic approach to knowledge and training.

To complement written information, the Abacus Academy offers a platform for webinars and video assessments. Online booking calendars are available so OTs can book slots for video bath demonstrations, client assessments or tailored educational presentations. Videos are broadcast from the Abacus demonstration vehicles and provide an alternative to physical meetings or exhibitions.

Peter Eckhardt, Gainsborough Healthcare Group CEO, commented: “We welcome all healthcare professionals to the new Abacus Academy. Its current content is only the beginning as it represents the platform we will use for all our education and training – whether online, in the field or at exhibitions.

“Our team has worked closely with our OT partners to provide quality, informed content so ultimately the occupational performance of bathers is enhanced through professional knowledge.”

Part of the Gainsborough Healthcare Group, Abacus Specialist Bathroom Solutions is a specialist UK manufacturer of accessible baths for domestic bathrooms, respite centres and rehabilitation facilities.

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