Professional course Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound Practice (2)

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


The content of this Masters level module will be defined following discussions between yourself, the module leader and your manager, and will result in a learning contract being drawn up.

You will be allocated to an action learning set, which will consist of a group practitioners each involved in a separate work-based learning activity.

You will maintain regular contact with each other to discuss the problems you face within your respective sub-specialities.



Your negotiated learning contract will specify exactly how the module learning outcomes will be achieved. Clinical assessment areas will also be defined as a result of discussions, and subject specific competencies must be demonstrated in all areas.

Potential areas for study will be negotiated and could include a sub-speciality of areas such as:

Obstetric ultrasound

  • First-trimester anomaly scanning
  • Fetal echocardiography

Gynaecological ultrasound

  • Fertility and sub-fertility scanning
  • Screening for ovarian cancer

General medical ultrasound

  • Paediatric
  • Musculo-skeletal Superficial parts e.g. breast ultrasound

Vascular ultrasound

  • Upper limb assessment

Learning and Teaching

Negotiated specialist ultrasound practice (2) will be delivered using a variety of approaches, which may include; work-based, action and problem-centred learning, enquiry-based learning, supervised clinical practice, negotiated learning contracts, facilitated learning in the workplace, key lectures, debates, seminars and student presentations.

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 1000 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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