Staff profile

Heather Venables

Senior Lecturer (Medical Ultrasound)




College of Health and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



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.

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