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Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound Practice (3)

Course Details

Course/Module Code





24-25 Accredited 15 credits



24-25 Non-Accredited 15 credits



Course Dates

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Course Dates

Course Information : CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 08/12/24 (unless course already full). If the closing date has passed please contact us for availability. PLEASE NOTE: once your application status is showing as registered, it will take up to 5 working days for your login details for MyUWE to be issued by email. Please only contact us if you have not received after this time PLEASE NOTE: You must download and complete the Clinical Placement Form and upload this form to your application. Your application will not be processed until this form has been completed. Induction Day: Wednesday 8th January 2024 - recommended to attend. Portfolio submission date: SOPE: Assessments TBC Please refer to your Professional Development portal for full details of attendance dates. NOTE: For parking on Glenside Campus, you will need to download a Parking Permit from the University - you will be able to do this once you have been registered on the University Student Information system.



Attendance days for the course

Wednesday - 08 January 2025ONLINE09:30 - 16:00
Wednesday - 05 February 2025ONLINE09:30 - 16:00
Thursday - 06 February 2025ONLINE09:30 - 16:00
Thursday - 13 March 2025ONLINE09:30 - 16:00
Wednesday - 09 April 2025ONLINE09:30 - 16:00
Wednesday - 16 April 2025ONLINE10:00 - 12:30
Wednesday - 21 May 2025ONLINE10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday - 04 June 2025ONLINE10:00 - 16:00




  • Completion of a Clinical Portfolio to include summative clinical assessments.
  • Structured Oral and Practical Examination (SOPE).



Careers/further study

This course can contribute towards the MSc Medical Ultrasound.


The content of the module will be defined following discussions between the module leader, you and the work-based manager, and will result in a Learning Contract being drawn up. This contract will specify exactly how the module learning outcomes will be achieved.

Clinical assessment areas will also be defined as a result of discussions, and subject specific competencies must be demonstrated in all areas.

Subject specific topics
Normal anatomy and physiology; normal variants; normal ultrasound appearances; pathological processes; abnormal ultrasound appearances; scanning techniques; use in health screening; subject specific variations.

Legal and Ethical issues
General legal and ethical principles relating to the ultrasound practice of the area of subject specialty.

Professional and employment issues relating to the area of Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound practice
These subjects will be covered as joint learning sessions with students studying other specialty areas, and will include professionalism and professionalisation, codes of conduct, occupational standards, departmental protocols, continuing professional development, clinical governance, Work related upper limb disorders. Ergonomics.

Communication Skills
Importance of effective communication, listening skills, verbal/non verbal communication and self-awareness.

Reporting of Ultrasound Images
Principles of verbal and written reporting, approaches to decision making, record keeping Influences of information technology on database development and use of information.

Group Working
Group building and team dynamics (theories of collaboration), interprofessional working, power and decision-making, role boundaries, ground rules.

Project Management Skills
Contract learning, negotiation, time management and management of change, problem solving.

Enquiry Based Learning
Enquiry Based Learning involves working in small groups with a facilitator and uses triggers to provide the starting point for discussion and the acquisition of knowledge.

Course Director

Glenda Toach

Entry Requirements

You must be working in a relevant area of ultrasound practice, and have either completed or be enrolled on a relevant physics or the Fundamentals of Ultrasound Technology module, by agreement with the module leader.


The aim of this 15 credit Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound Practice (3) module is to develop a safe and competent practitioner equipped with knowledge, critical understanding and professional skills for participation in an effective Ultrasound Imaging service.

The nature of the module enables you to negotiate and learn with significant and relevant others as they see fit. Clinical assessment areas will also be defined as a result of discussions, and subject specific competencies must be demonstrated in all areas.

Potential areas for this level 7 (Masters level) module must be negotiated with the Module Leader, and could include subspecialty in areas such as:

  • Early Pregnancy (EPAC)
  • First-trimester (dating)
  • Anomaly scanning (second trimester)
  • Growth scans (third trimester)
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Doppler in Obstetrics (Fetal Doppler)

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • apply theoretical knowledge to the practice of medical ultrasound within the area of chosen specialty.
  • utilise relevant knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to solve complex problems.
  • demonstrate a critical knowledge of the legal, ethical and organisational aspects of current ultrasound practice in the chosen area of ultrasound specialty.
  • critically evaluate contemporary research concerning the aetiology and management of a range of pathologies in order to inform practice, and implement new approaches where appropriate.
  • critically evaluate the contribution that ultrasound makes, compared to other diagnostic tests/procedures, in order to derive a differential diagnosis.
  • perform a comprehensive range of medical ultrasound procedures within the chosen area of ultrasound specialty, both skilfully and safely, demonstrating the skills required of a competent practitioner, and an ability to adapt effectively to new or unusual situations.
  • justify the contribution of the role of medical ultrasound to the overall management of the patient.
  • make evaluative judgements on the outcomes of ultrasound examination and report the findings accordingly.
  • make an active contribution within a multidisciplinary professional community by reflecting upon one's own practice and the practice of others.
  • engage in effective communication with clients, their families and healthcare professionals, and make appropriate referrals as required.

Learning and Teaching

Scheduled learning constitutes a minimum of 28 hours but will vary according to the subject specialty chosen to study. It will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops; external visits; work based learning; supervised practise time in scanning room.

Independent learning includes a minimum of 122 hours but will vary according to the subject specialty chosen to study. It will include activities such as essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion, computer assisted learning; simulator scanning, reflection on learning.

Placement learning: clinical practice placements are negotiated and organised by you, but should include a minimum of 15 hours a week of supervised scanning for the duration of the module.

A variety of approaches will be used which may include work-based; action and problem-centred learning; enquiry based learning; supervised clinical practice; negotiated learning contracts; facilitated learning in the work place; on-line learning; key lectures; debates; seminars; student presentations.

You will negotiate the sub-speciality to be studied, via a learning contract, with the module leader and the work-based manager.

A learning contract will be negotiated between you, a member of academic staff and the work based manager from which a programme of study will be agreed. This programme may include use of one or more of the following: self-directed learning; tutorials; seminars; study days; open or distance learning. The nature of the module enables the student to negotiate and learn with significant and relevant others as they see fit.

Distance Learning
You may choose to study the module as distance learning. Access to an electronic Blackboard will be available, where you will be able to view lectures and interact with on-line discussion boards. There is no specific timetable as this will be negotiated with the module leader, and any other partner in learning that you selects who is prepared to contribute to the learning.


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