Heather Venables

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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 Professional Lead for Medical Ultrasound with responsibility for all aspects of postgraduate ultrasound award management, development, recruitment, student supervision, assessment, module evaluation, and the training/support of clinical mentors.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across a wide range of ultrasound specific, professional development and research modules including principles of ultrasound, general medical, obstetrics, gynaecology, vascular and musculoskeletal.

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 am now senior lecturer in medical imaging here at Derby and have responsibility for the MSc Medical Ultrasound part time and full time graduate entry award. 

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 and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

Research interests

I am currently an Honorary Research Felow in Emergency Medicine at the Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

I developed an interest in Emergency and point of care ultrasound in the mid 1990's and have taught extensively on a range of POCUS course 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 and in Acute Kidney Injury. 

I'm currently in the final stage of a Professional Doctorate in Health at the University of Bath.

Membership of professional bodies

  • BMUS representative to CASE Council and CASE lead accreditor.
  • Member of The British Medical Ultrasound Society and The Society & College of Radiographers.
  • Member of the RCN Training & Education Framework for Fertility Nurses Project Team 
  • Associate member of the Society of Vascular Technologists and the British Institute of Radiology.
  • I'm registered with the Health Professions Council
  • Member of the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) Education and Examinations Committee Ultrasound Subgroup 2005-2016.

Recent publications

  • Brown P, Venables HK, Liu H, de-Witt JT, Brown MR, Faghy MA. (2013) Ventilatory muscle strength, diaphragm thickness and pulmonary function in world-class powerlifters. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2013 Nov;113(11):2849-55. doi: 10.1007/s00421-013-2726-4. Epub 2013 Sep 20
  • Venables, H. (2011)  How ultrasound works. CME review article. Ultrasound Journal.
  • 19: 44–49. DOI: 10.1258/ult.2010.010051
  • Venables, H. (2011)  Applications of ultrasound – getting the best out of your equipment. CME review article. Ultrasound Journal. 19: 50–55. DOI: 10.1258/ult.2010.01005
  • 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

  • British Medical Ultrasound Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Regular invited speaker.
  • Proffered paper 2016 - Growing capacity for sonographer training – rethinking clinical academic partnership.

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