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Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound Practice (4)

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Course Dates

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Course Dates

Course Information : 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 13th January 2021 (09:30-16:00) - recommended to attend. Portfolio submission date: w/c TBA. SOPE: TBA. Please refer to Antonio Sassano for full details of attendance dates. Please ignore the venue information in our offer email. Due to the pandemic your course will be taught ONLINE and all dates will stay as contact days until the Course Lead advises otherwise.



Attendance days for the course

Wednesday - 13 January 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:30 - 16:00
Thursday - 11 February 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:30
Thursday - 18 February 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday - 17 March 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:30
Thursday - 25 March 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:30
Monday - 17 May 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday - 25 May 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:30





Careers/further study

This module contributes towards the MSc In Medical Ultrasound.


Potential areas for student study must be negotiated with the Module Leader, and could include subspecialty of areas such as the following:

Obstetric Ultrasound
First trimester anomaly scanning
Fetal echocardiography

Gynaecological Ultrasound
Fertility and sub-fertility scanning
Screening for ovarian cancer

General Medical Ultrasound
Paediatric musculo-skeletal superficial parts e.g. breast ultrasound

Vascular Ultrasound
Upper limb assessment.

Brachytherapy Ultrasound
Guided brachytherapy.

The content of the module will be defined following discussions between the module leader, the student 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.

Action Learning
Action learning sets and research, quality improvement initiatives, exploring strategies for monitoring and evaluation, reflective practice.

The content of this module includes a variety of elements linked to studying within an action learning group:

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.

Entry Requirements

A co-requisite for this course is the module: Ultrasound Technology UZYSPQ30M


On successful completion of this Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound Practice (4) CPD 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.

Key Facts

Potential areas for student study must be negotiated with the Module Leader, and could include: Obstetric, Gynaecological, General Medical, Vascular and Brachytherapy Ultrasound.

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.

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.

The student 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 the student, 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
Students may choose to study the module as distance learning. Access to an electronic Blackboard will be available, where students 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 the student selects who is prepared to contribute to the learning.

Action Learning Sets
Students attending timetabled sessions for this module will be allocated to an action learning set. The function of this group is to facilitate the achievement of each student's individual learning outcomes. The outcomes specific to the student's chosen speciality area will be negotiated as part of the learning contract. The action learning sets will provide opportunities for students to discuss the problems they face within their clinical areas, and help each other to find solutions.


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