Professional Course

Focused Specialist Ultrasound Practice 1

Course details

Course code


Course level

Level 7

Course credits

20 credits

Next course date



Distance learning

Course description

The module may be of particular interest to specialist trainees / practitioners in areas such as emergency medicine, critical care, anaesthetics, rheumatology, urology, vascular surgery, endocrinology, general practice, sports medicine, physical therapy, radiography, fertility services, podiatry etc.

About this module

This module has been designed to enable trainees to undertake initial training in a single focused ultrasound application. Working closely with a service based mentor and an academic supervisor, you will be able to define your own learning needs and build a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates the scope of your ultrasound experience and competence.      

You will undertake 200 total learning hours - an individual learning strategy will be agreed with each student. This will include a mixture of self-directed learning, tutorial support and supervised scanning practice. In addition, you will be encouraged to attend relevant themed study days offered at the University, multi-disciplinary team meetings and relevant in-house training events. The module may be completed entirely by distance learning.

To enrol to this module, you must be studying or have completed the Principles of Medical Ultrasound module (or an equivalent qualification).

You will be expected to have access to supervised training sessions throughout the duration of the module. The total number of scanning hours will vary according to your specific learning needs. You must have access to a Clinical Mentor who has the necessary skill and experience to assess final competence in your specialist area. Normally, your Mentor will be based within your own Trust.

Entry is subject to discussion with module leader and completion of a practice based agreement.

Who is this course for

All Health Professionals

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  1. Analyse the needs of service users, relatives and attendees, reflecting critically on the effectiveness of their communication skills in the context of providing a focused ultrasound service.
  2. Demonstrate the complex skills necessary to plan and perform focused ultrasound examinations safely, competently and professionally, according to the current evidence base.
  3. Interpret, critically evaluate and, where required, report upon the ultrasound findings. Where necessary, arrange, advise or undertake further investigations appropriate to local policies and contribute effectively to the multi disciplinary healthcare team
  4. Critically reflect on the development of a focused specialist ultrasound service within their clinical setting, the implications for patient management and their own role extension.

Fees and funding

If you are funding your own study, the module price will be confirmed shortly.

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