Vascular Ultrasound is for clinical scientists, technologists, sonographers, clinicians and other health professionals wishing to work in this area. Lectures are delivered in block release in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements. Core modules integrate the underlying theoretical concepts with professional practice to ensure performance of vascular examinations in accordance with accepted good practice.
- Clinical expertise of lecturers: the programme is taught by leaders in the field of vascular ultrasound, and external expert lecturers contribute sessions on specialist topics
- Service focused: the programme provides a thorough grounding in the clinical skills needed to work in vascular ultrasound. Student-tutor contact time is substantial and is supplemented by e-learning.
- Classroom teaching is supplemented by teaching sessions at the King's Vascular Laboratory and the Clinical Research Facility at St. Thomas'.
The programme provides health professionals with an understanding of the principles and practices of vascular ultrasound. It addresses the practical applications of ultrasound through an understanding of the principles of scientific clinical investigation and facilitates the acquisition of the skills necessary for clinical practice. The development of clinical proficiency is therefore an integral part of the course.
The significance of new knowledge acquired by ultrasound practice in the diagnosis and monitoring of medical conditions, its effect on patient care and professional development are explored along with the ethical and medico-legal implications.
Students may exit with the PG Certificate in Vascular Ultrasound. To progress to the PG Diploma or MSc students must study research methodologies.
Throughout the course clinical practice is assessed; this does not simply cover technique, but also knowledge, comprehension, analysis, communication and management - in terms of the patient, the technology and the personal qualities of the practitioner.
- Course purpose -
This course is for clinical scientists, radiographers, doctors and other health professionals wishing to practice vascular ultrasound within their professional role. The programme integrates the underlying theoretical concepts with professional practice to perform vascular examinations in accordance with accepted good practice.
- Course format and assessment -
The programme is offered on a block release basis in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements. Coursework, practical assessment and written examinations assess the modules. Clinical competence is assessed by ongoing formative and summative assessments and an observational visit by a member of the programme team.
The majority of graduates take up posts in the NHS and move on to become advanced and consultant practitioners. Others use their vascular ultrasound proficiency within their patient examination.
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