The purpose of this course is to help practicing clinicians to deepen their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) whilst continuing with their normal daily work. Key objectives are: understanding how ultrasound works, understanding artefacts, understanding a range of ultrasound devices including hand-held devices and understanding how to adjust the settings in an ultrasound device. In the practical sessions there will be a strong focus on gaining confidence and skill in obtaining views. By the end of the course we expect that candidates will have a thorough understanding of PoCUS and will be able to achieve accreditation through specialty-associated programmes readily. The training in this short course may be the foundation for future career development, for example as a PoCUS teacher in the workplace or as a departmental ultrasound mentor, supervisor or lead.
The course certificate does not, in itself, grant specific accreditation and does not have transferable academic credits. However it does demonstrate a depth of study and that the candidate has received focussed feedback from experienced clinicians in order to develop and improve their ultrasound skills.
Cost: The total cost for the course, including all materials and access to up to 16 days of supervised teaching is £1800.
The course runs from September to April. It needs to run alongside opportunities to use PoCUS in the work-place. However at least seven days of face-to-face attendance at the training centre are required. There is some flexibility over the choice of days. Additional dates are available as required. Planned course dates are HERE
In order to complete the course successfully candidates need to complete two assessments and put together a log book of ultrasound experience. The first assessment is in ultrasound physics, in January. A foundation in physics is required in order to develop beyond a basic level in ultrasound and to understand the many ways in which artefacts can arise. The final, major, assessment is in image acquisition at the end of the course. This is standardised to ensure that assessments are reliable. The candidate’s log book needs to record at least 50 ultrasound examinations undertaken by the candidate on a range of patients. The log book may include normal subjects.
Choice of Three out of Five Elements
Candidates need to choose three out of five possible elements, 1) vascular (including deep vein thrombosis), 2) abdomen (trauma), 3) abdomen (medical), 4) Basic ECHO, 5) Lung. Only one of the two abdominal elements needs to be chosen. More than three elements can be chosen if desired.
The course is run at the premises of Bromley Emergency Training & Research Ltd, Units 40, 42 and 44, City Business Centre. 42 Lower Road. London SE16 2XB. This is one mile from London Bridge and five minutes walk from both Canada Water (Jubilee Line) and Rotherhithe Stations (Overground)
Registration will be through Canterbury Christ Church University. However the full university approval is still pending. The registration facility will be available once this is received. In the meantime please register your interest here