Professional course Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound Practice (3)
15 credit Masters level module
Page last updated 2 April 2020
On successful completion of the Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound Practice 3 module, you will be able to:
- Apply theoretical knowledge to the practice of medical ultrasound within the area of chosen specialty.
- Utilise relevant knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to solve complex problems.
- Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the legal, ethical and organisational aspects of current ultrasound practice in the chosen area of ultrasound specialty.
- Critically evaluate contemporary research concerning the aetiology and management of a range of pathologies in order to inform practice, and implement new approaches where appropriate.
- Critically evaluate the contribution that ultrasound makes, compared to other diagnostic tests/procedures, in order to derive a differential diagnosis.
- Perform a comprehensive range of medical ultrasound procedures within the chosen area of ultrasound specialty, both skilfully and safely, demonstrating the skills required of a competent practitioner, and an ability to adapt effectively to new or unusual situations.
- Justify the contribution of the role of medical ultrasound to the overall management of the patient.
- Make evaluative judgements on the outcomes of ultrasound examination and report the findings accordingly.
- Make an active contribution within a multidisciplinary professional community by reflecting upon one's own practice and the practice of others.
- Engage in effective communication with clients, their families and healthcare professionals, and make appropriate referrals as required.
The ability to study at Masters level.
Careers / Further study
This course can contribute towards the MSc In Medical Ultrasound.
Potential areas for your study must be negotiated with the Module Leader, and could include subspecialty of areas such as the following:
First-trimester anomaly scanning
Fertility and sub-fertility scanning
Screening for ovarian cancer
General Medical Ultrasound
Superficial parts e.g. breast ultrasound
Upper limb assessment
The content of the module will be defined following discussions between the module leader, the student and the work-based manager, and will result in a Learning Contract being drawn up. This 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.
Subject specific topics
Normal anatomy & physiology; normal variants; normal ultrasound appearances; pathological processes; abnormal ultrasound appearances; scanning techniques; use in health screening; subject specific variations.
Legal and Ethical issues
General legal & ethical principles relating to the ultrasound practice of the area of subject specialty.
Professional and employment issues relating to the area of Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound practice:
These subjects will be covered as joint learning sessions with students studying other specialty areas, and will include professionalism and professionalisation, codes of conduct, occupational standards, departmental protocols, continuing professional development, clinical governance, Work related upper limb disorders.
Importance of effective communication, listening skills, verbal/non verbal communication and self-awareness.
Reporting of Ultrasound Images:
Principles of verbal and written reporting, approaches to decision making, record keeping Influences of information technology on database development and use of information.
Action learning sets and research, quality improvement initiatives, exploring strategies for monitoring and evaluation, reflective practice.
The content of this module includes a variety of elements linked to studying within an action learning group:
Group building and team dynamics (theories of collaboration), interprofessional working, power and decision-making, role boundaries, ground rules.
Project Management Skills
Contract learning, negotiation, time management and management of change, problem
Enquiry Based Learning
Enquiry Based Learning involves working in small groups with a facilitator and uses triggers to provide the starting point for discussion and the acquisition of knowledge.
Learning and Teaching
Scheduled learning constitutes a minimum of 28 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 122 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 you, 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 problem-centred 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 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.
You may choose to study the 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. There is no specific timetable as this will be negotiated with the module leader, and any other partner in learning that you selects who is prepared to contribute to the learning.
Action Learning Sets
If you are 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 your individual learning outcomes. The outcomes specific to your chosen speciality area will be negotiated as part of the learning contract. The action learning sets will provide opportunities for you to discuss the problems you face within your clinical areas, and help each other to find solutions.
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 our postgraduate students acquire 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
- Student 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
- 1 x 1000 word case studies which demonstrates the current use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool within the area of specialism
- 2 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 1500 word written assignment on a subject relating to the area of specialty being studied. Further details are in the module handbook.
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.