Professional course Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound Practice (1)

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Allied Health Professions
Programme leader
Antonio Sassano

30 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 2 April 2020


You may choose to study this module as distance learning. Access to an electronic Blackboard will be available, where you will be able to view lectures and interact with on-line discussion boards.

The aim of the Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound Practice (1) Level M module is to provide you with the knowledge base to become a proficient practitioner in your chosen field of medical ultrasound.

The key advantage with this module is in the fact that it provides you with the opportunity to negotiate your own work-based ultrasound module to accommodate your individual professional and departmental needs.

You will negotiate the speciality to be studied with the module leader and your work-based manager.



The specific content of the module will be negotiated with a member of the academic staff of the faculty and will vary as a function of the identified area of practice.

Learning and Teaching

Scheduled learning constitutes a maximum of 112 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 188 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.

Placement learning: clinical practice placements are negotiated and organised by the student, but should include a minimum of 15 hours a week of supervised scanning for the duration of the module.

A variety of approaches will be used which may include work-based; action and problemcentred 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.

You will be able to 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 you, 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
You 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 online 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 students individual learning outcomes. The outcomes specific to the students 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

Study time

Contact time may include any of the following activities:
Lectures; class discussions; synchronous on-line discussion boards; seminars; clinical placement visits; medical museum visit; laboratory hands-on clinical practice using a simulator and real-life models; VLE using e-Blackboard.

Lectures will be provided by the Course Team and by external visiting clinical specialists. Classroom sessions will also include hands-on scanning supervised sessions and review of cases. Discussion groups will be organised covering a range of relevant topics.


A wide range of assessment strategies are employed to ensure that the postgraduate student has acquired the knowledge and understanding, as well as the intellectual, practical and transferable skills for this Programme. The details of the assessments feature in the relevant module handbooks. The assessment strategy of this Programme will thus seek to reflect the learning outcomes of each module.

Assessment for the module incorporates both clinical and academic processes i.e. both cognitive ability and professional competence are assessed (at level M).

Component A: Practice-Based Assessment
The practice-based assessment consists of a production of a Clinical Portfolio of evidence. This portfolio is comprised of

  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Learning Contract
  • Placement Progress Report (one per month)
  • Record of clinical experience (minimum number of 100 cases in each area displaying a range of various examinations and pathology)
  • Evidence of CPD with reflective accounts
  • Example anonymised reports with images
  • 2 x 1,000 word case studies which demonstrates the current use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool within the area of specialism
  • 4 summative clinical assessments
  • Departmental scanning protocols

The practice-based assessment is marked as a PASS/FAIL. All elements are equally weighted. Further details are in the clinical portfolio handbook

Component B: Written assignment
Consists of a 3,000 word written assignment on a subject relating to the area of specialty being studied. Further details are in the module handbook

Prices and dates

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Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


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How to apply

How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.


You will need to download and complete the form below. Once this is completed, please upload it onto your CPD Portal. This form will be used to inform the Module Leader of your suitability for the module. Your application will not be processed until this form has been received.

Clinical Placement Form


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