Professional/Short course Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound Practice (4)
15 credit Masters level module
Page last updated 18 March 2022
Potential areas for student study must be negotiated with the Module Leader, and could include: Obstetric, Gynaecological, General Medical, Vascular and Brachytherapy Ultrasound.
The aim of this module is to develop a safe and competent practitioner equipped with knowledge, critical understanding and professional skills for participation in an effective Ultrasound Imaging service.
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.
The nature of the module enables you to negotiate and learn with significant and relevant others as they see fit. 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 this 15 credit Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound Practice 4 Masters level module must be negotiated with the Module Leader, and could include subspecialty in areas such as:
- Early Pregnancy (EPAC)
- First-trimester (dating)
- Anomaly scanning (second trimester)
- Growth scans (third trimester)
- Fetal echocardiography
- Doppler in Obstetrics (Fetal Doppler)
You must be working in a relevant area of ultrasound practice, and have either completed or be enrolled on a relevant physics or the Fundamentals of Ultrasound Technology module, by agreement with the module leader.
Careers / Further study
This module can contributes towards the MSc Medical Ultrasound.
The content of the module will be defined following discussions between the module leader, you 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 and 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 and 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. Ergonomics.
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.
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 solving.
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.
On successful completion of this 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.
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.
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.
The student 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 the student, 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.
Students 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 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 the student selects who is prepared to contribute to the learning.
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.
Completion of a Clinical Portfolio to include summative clinical assessments. Summative requirements of the portfolio are:
- Learning Contract
- Clinical Case Logs (minimum of 100, with two of these to be summatively assessed)
- Final Placement Report Rationale.
Structured Oral and Practical Examination (SOPE).
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.
The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.
You'll have access to a range of on-campus and online facilities to support your learning, including the University Library which is open 24 hours a day.
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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 (DOCX)