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We have designed our Medical Ultrasound course for radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others who want to practice clinical ultrasound in their professional roles. Read more

We have designed our Medical Ultrasound course for radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others who want to practice clinical ultrasound in their professional roles. Our lectures are organised in block release, in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements so that you can take the course while still working. In accordance with accepted good practice, the course integrates theory with practice, meaning that you will perform diagnostic ultrasound examinations as you learn.

Key benefits

  • Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).
  • Expert outside speakers contribute extensively to the programme.
  • Located in the heart of London and part of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, the course attracts students from a variety of disciplines.
  • Practice focused: You will develop and apply diagnostic ultrasound imaging skills in your clinical training placement.
  • Substantial student-tutor contact time supplemented by e-learning.

Description

The programme, accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), will teach you how to use ultrasound imaging in clinical practice. You will be taught the principles and practice of ultrasound science, the practical applications of ultrasound and develop an appreciation of the principles of scientific investigation. Throughout the programme, we will assess your clinical practice. This does not just mean technique, but also knowledge, comprehension, communication, analysis and management – in terms of the patient, your technology and your personal qualities. We will also discuss medico-legal, ethical and professional issues.

Through an introduction to the physics, equipment, safety and relevant professional issues alongside clinical modules, you will develop an understanding of current techniques and proficiency in medical ultrasound. You may choose clinical modules in obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound, general medical ultrasound or vascular ultrasound. You can take a work-based module to meet your individual needs within the PG Certificate in Specialist Ultrasound Practice. These options allow you to build a personalised, proficiency-based learning programme.

This Medical Ultrasound programme is ideal for healthcare professionals wanting to develop new skills in ultrasound, experienced sonographers extending proficiency in a specialist area, or clinicians who wish to utilise ultrasound imaging in clinical practice.

You can choose to take the 60-credit PG Certificate, which is only 9 months, the 120-credit PG Diploma, which lasts 18 months, or the 180-credit MSc, which lasts 27 months and involves an extended research project in your final year.

Course purpose

This Ultrasound programme is for radiographers, doctors, midwives, clinical scientists and other professionals wishing to practice clinical ultrasound. The programme provides knowledge to enable integration of theoretical concepts with ultrasound proficiency. Students may exit with the 60 credit PG Certificate, the 120 credit PG Diploma or progress to the MSc.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will have approximately 132 hours of academic teaching on a block release pattern. You will undertake a minimum of 21 hours a week of supervised scanning throughout the course. A member of the programme team will visit you at your workplace to support you and observe your work. We will expect you to undertake around 15 to 20 hours of independent study per week.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of:

  • Coursework
  • Written examination
  • Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE)
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Clinical Portfolio of Evidence and Clinical Assessment, where appropriate

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Career prospects

The majority of graduates take up posts in the NHS or the Independent Sector and move on to become advanced and consultant practitioners. Others use ultrasound scanning proficiency as part of their clinical examination of patients.



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Our flexible Medical Ultrasound course is designed for healthcare professionals undertaking obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound training. Read more
Our flexible Medical Ultrasound course is designed for healthcare professionals undertaking obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound training.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for a range of health care professionals who have experience in radiography, nursing, midwifery or other related professions. The course enables students to achieve the academic qualifications and clinical skills needed to pursue a career in ultrasound or to develop current skills further.

Students need a clinical placement in a recognised department, to engage in a wide range of ultrasound examinations for the duration of the course.

Objectives

City’s Medical Ultrasound course offers flexible study options for healthcare professionals undertaking obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound training and for those wishing to develop their skills further using work based learning options.

Our expert staff provide a supportive environment, encouraging students to develop their academic abilities and clinical skills in preparation for working as a sonographer. Students learn a range of subjects to enable them to explore the underpinning knowledge of safe, effective and evidence-based ultrasound practice, with which to help them develop clinical skills in their own department. Teaching is also supported by specialist guest speakers who provide current, relevant course material.

Students can achieve competency to practice if they successfully complete both academic and clinical components of the programme to PgC level or above.

Placements

A clinical placement is required in a recognised ultrasound department, to provide a wide range of clinical experience and supervision. Students should have their own clinical placement arranged prior to application, with supervised training arranged for an average of three days per week.

The placement needs to provide support for a wide range of clinical examinations. In addition to hands-on clinical experience you need a named clinical supervisor/assessor to provide support during the course. The supervisor must attend supervisor training and provide regular updates on your clinical progress to the clinical co-ordinator.

Academic facilities

The ultrasound clinical skills suite is equipped with a real-time ultrasound machine and simulators. The facilities are used for tutorials, self-directed study and formative monitoring of clinical skills.

Students have access to the MedaPhor simulator during the working week and remote cloud based access to tutorials and resources.

Using a flipped classroom approach to teaching and learning ensure that a range of online lectures are available for learning and revision.

Teaching and learning

A blended learning approach is used: linking academic theory to clinical practice via work-based learning; formal key note lectures; seminars; film viewing tutorials; demonstrations/workshops; e-learning; shared learning; self-directed study and online case discussions. Participation in the learning is an essential component of the course.

The programme team consists of academic staff, many of whom are still practicing clinically. Guest lecturers are invited to share expert knowledge on a range of topics, such as fetal cardiology, fetal medicine and contrast ultrasound.

The department’s academic staff are highly regarded across the institution, with our current programme director, Gill Harrison, winning the institution's prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Activities include online lectures and quizzes, lectures, tutorials, workshops and skills suite activities, group activities and group work, games and online case discussions.

A variety of assessment methods are used to cater for a range of learning styles and provide a link between theory and practice. Assessment methods include objective structured examinations, online case discussions, oral and/or poster presentations, written assignments, clinical portfolio and clinical competency assessments.

Modules

As a student on the Medical Ultrasound course you will learn the underpinning theory of ultrasound production, safe and effective practice, normal and abnormal ultrasound appearances and associated imaging pathways.

You will be able to select from a number of clinical options including obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound. Additional clinical areas can be studied via work-based learning modules, if appropriate clinical support is available within the students' clinical department. The course is also designed to develop transferable skills to support clinical practice development.

Modules will take place over one or two days per week, depending on the selected module options. The time in lectures varies, dependent on the nature of the module.

Core modules - core modules and specific named clinical modules have a blended learning approach, with online lectures, online quizzes and discussions supported by lectures, tutorials and workshops. The average contact time per module is approximately 30 to 35 hours.
-Fundamental Principles of Ultrasound Practice (15 credits)
-Developing Advanced Practice (15 credits)

Students progressing to MSc must undertake:
-Foundations in Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis module (15 credits)
-Dissertation module (60 credits)

Elective modules - students can then select a range of clinical modules such as:
-Obstetric Ultrasound (30 credits)
-Gynaecology Ultrasound (15 credits)
-Abdominal Ultrasound (30 credits)
-Work Based Learning in Practice (includes clinical areas such as early pregnancy, small parts, DVT scanning) (15 credits)

You must gain 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma. The most common route is for students to take the two core modules and 45 credits of clinical modules in year 1. For example:
-Fundamental Principles of Ultrasound Practice (15 credits)
-Developing Advanced Practice (15 credits)
-Obstetric Ultrasound (30 credits)
-Gynaecology Ultrasound (15 credits)

Modules are spread throughout one to three terms in year 1.

In year two many students undertake the remaining 45 credits in term 1 (September to December), with a view to completing the PgDip in 18 months. Modules are often:
-Abdominal Ultrasound (30 credits)
-Work Based Learning in Practice 2 (includes clinical areas such as early pregnancy, small parts, DVT scanning
OR
-Foundations in Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis module

Students progressing to MSc the begin the dissertation module.

Some students take a short break of 6 months between completing the PgDip and starting the MSc. The maximum registration period is 5 years.

Career prospects

On completion of a postgraduate certificate or diploma you can apply for jobs as an autonomous practitioner, working in the NHS or private practice. Many of our graduates have become advanced practitioners, developing additional skills during their career, whilst others have travelled to overseas to enhance their careers.

MSc graduates have also become managers of ultrasound departments, leading service change and developing services to improve patient care. A number of graduates have developed their role in specialist areas, where they undertake research and training and engage in dissemination of their work at national and international conferences and in peer review publications. Some of our graduates return to provide keynote lectures to future generations of ultrasound students or even take on the role of Programme Director running ultrasound programmes.

You can also become an independent practitioner, setting up your own company, providing services to local populations or travel the world and experience different ways of working. Most sonographers are employed at band seven in the NHS.

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This 30 credit, Level 7 blended learning module from the School of Midwifery and Reproductive Health enables students to gain bespoke skills and competencies associated with their area of practice. Read more
This 30 credit, Level 7 blended learning module from the School of Midwifery and Reproductive Health enables students to gain bespoke skills and competencies associated with their area of practice.

Students develop an understanding of advanced practice, subject specific principles and underpinning theory for examining their client group. Clinical skills in assessment will be developed in order to undertake safe examinations amongst specified client groups, with the ability to demonstrate higher level clinical reasoning and problem solving.

As minimal university attendance is required, some areas can be studied by distance learning. The module runs over the academic year with flexible finishing dates depending on the achievement of clinical competencies.

Students can choose their specialist focus:
-Advanced Perineal Assessment and Repair: An opportunity for experienced midwives working in intrapartum care to develop their skills, including training other staff in perineal assessment and repair
-Assisted Birth: An opportunity for experienced midwives working in intrapartum care, focusing on preparing midwives to undertake ventouse delivery
-Contemporary Midwifery Practice: Extends midwifery skills in the support of women with complex care needs, enabling women to have positive birth experiences
-Contraception and Sexual Health (CASH): Designed for staff working directly in sexual health services (level 3), or in level 1 and 2 services providing contraception advice
-External Cephalic Version (ECV): An exciting new development for midwives providing antenatal care to take on this extended role
-Gynaecology: An opportunity for nurses working in acute / oncological gynaecology settings to establish nurse-led services
-High Dependency Care of the Childbearing Woman: Develops the skills required to provide care throughout the childbearing continuum for women on an obstetric high dependency unit
-Physical Examination of the Newborn / 6-8 Week Examination: Designed for midwives, neonatal nurses, health visitors and advanced nurse practitioners working with newborn babies and infants

Why Bradford?

This innovative module is directly relevant to clinical practice and, for most selections, the student has the option to study through distance learning with minimal university attendance.

Learning activities and assessment

Skills and competencies covered
-Development of understanding of subject specific principles for anatomical examination and assessments with associated theories in the specified client group
-Clinical skills in assessment will be developed in order to undertake safe assessment, with the ability to demonstrate higher level clinical reasoning and appropriate problem solving

Outline Syllabus
-Case histories drawn from primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings covering a range of anatomical systems and multiple functional physiology and pathologies
-On line teaching materials on systematic anatomy, anatomical assessment and related physiology giving consideration to clinical effectiveness
-Ethical and Legal and professional aspects of extending roles
-Protocols and procedures and the auditing of practice
-Clinical governance and clinical effectiveness
-Critical reading skills

Assessment
-A 2500 words case study / audit
-A clinical logbook containing bespoke competencies to be achieved
-A short OSCE (objective simulated clinical examination)

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

This module provides the student the opportunity to develop skills in advanced practice and pursue a career as a specialist practitioner.

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You'll be taught in our modern Clinical Skills Suite by some of the area's leading experts in medical ultrasound. You'll develop skills relevant to your own area of clinical practice, which will help you to move forward with your career. Read more

Why choose this course:

• You'll be taught in our modern Clinical Skills Suite by some of the area's leading experts in medical ultrasound.

• You'll develop skills relevant to your own area of clinical practice, which will help you to move forward with your career.

• This course is a nationally recognised qualification and is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) for its flexible and innovative approach.

About the course:

If you are a qualified healthcare professional, such as a radiographer, nurse or midwife, this course will help you to develop your ultrasound skills enabling you to practise independently.

Recently there has been a sharp rise in the use of ultrasound within the NHS, which is reflected through the number of non-imaging medical and health professionals seeking specialist ultrasound training.

This course, which is nationally recognised and accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), will provide you with the high quality training you need to become a practising sonographer within your workplace.

You can tailor the course to your own interests, with the option to specialise in these areas:

• Focused Specialist Ultrasound Practice
• General Medical Ultrasound
• Obstetric Ultrasound
• Early Pregnancy Assessment
• Gynaecology Ultrasound
• Cardiac Ultrasound
• Vascular Ultrasound.

Alternatively you can study a selection of modules from all areas to give you a wide range of training. We also offer some modules that will develop your management and leadership skills, which you can take alongside your chosen specialist modules.

You'll be supported throughout your studies and practical training by a tutor and a mentor. This ensures that you'll develop all the skills you need to practise in your chosen area of medical ultrasound.

You must have already organised a clinical placement in medical ultrasound with management support before you apply for this course. You'll also need to be able to complete a minimum of 200 hours practical scanning time, so that you can successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate stage.

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