Heather Venables

Position: Senior Lecturer (Medical Ultrasound)

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Health Care Practice

Subject area: Diagnostic Imaging, Radiography

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I am Postgraduate Award Leader for Medical Ultrasound with responsibility for all aspects of ultrasound award management, development, recruitment, student supervision, assessment, module evaluation, and the training / support of clinical mentors.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on a wide range of ultrasound modules including principles of ultrasound, general medical, obstetrics, gynaecology and vascular.

Professional interests

I trained originally at Guy's Hospital and have worked in ultrasound education since 1990, combining various teaching roles with both clinical practice and research. I moved from London to Leeds in 1986 where I worked in clinical practice at St. James's Hospital and as a part time lecturer at the University of Leeds for 15 years.

I now lecture in medical imaging here at Derby and have responsibility for the specialist ultrasound pathway within the MSc Advanced Practice.

I have specific interest in the physics and technology of medical ultrasound and have written and taught extensively in these areas, including the development of e-learning material for the Royal College of Radiologists Radiology Teaching Initiative.

Research interests

I developed an interest in Emergency Medicine Ultrasound (EMUS) in the mid 1990's and have taught EMUS since 1998. I've authored e-learning material for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine enlightenME project and contributed to a number of text books and papers relating to point of care ultrasound. Current research interests include the use of focused ultrasound in a range of emergency, critical care and pre-hospital settings.

I'm currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Health at the University of Bath.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of The British Medical Ultrasound Society and The Society & College of Radiographers.
  • Associate member of the Society of Vascular Technologists and the British Institute of Radiology.
  • I'm registered with the Health Professions Council
  • I have been a member of the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) Education and Examinations Committee Ultrasound Subgroup since it was formed in 2005.

Recent publications

  • Venables, H. (2011) How ultrasound works, Ultrasound, Feb 2011
  • Venables, H. (2011) Practical applications of ultrasound - getting the best out of your ultrasound machine, Ultrasound, Feb 2011
  • Emergency Point-of-Care Ultrasound. (Co-author John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Due for publication 2011)
  • Practical Ultrasound in Anesthesia for Critical Care and Pain Management. ( Co-author Informa 2008)
  • Breast ultrasound - how, why and when? (Co-author. Elsevier 2007)
  • Brenchley J et al (2006) Evaluation of focussed assessment with sonography in trauma (FAST) by UK emergency physicians. EMJ [Emerg Med J] 2006 Jun; Vol. 23 (6), pp. 446-8.
  • Walker A et al (2004) Ultrasound by emergency physicians to detect abdominal aortic aneurysms: a UK case series. EMJ [Emerg Med J] 2004 Mar; Vol. 21 (2), pp. 257-9

Recent conferences

  • Ultrasound in Critical Care (Workshop) - invited speaker National Point of Care Ultrasound Society Annual Congress. 2010.

  • Ultrasound in point of care applications BMUS summer school - invited speaker 2010.

  • Ultrasound physics and equipment - Bristol Emergency Ultrasound course 2009.

  • European Congress on Emergency medicine. Munich 2008 - Invited speaker.
  • National Point of-Care Ultrasound Congress. Gateshead 2008 - Invited Speaker.
  • British Medical Ultrasound Society annual scientific meeting - 2008 invited speaker.

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