SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 0.00
ECTS Credit Points 0.00
Module Code M1B823958
Module Leader Diane Dickson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)-A (September start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-A (September start)
  • C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Available to health care professionals and medical staff with relevant experience and an interest in the area. Applicants should have UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent); or an unclassified degree or professional diploma with over two years' professional experience.

Summary of Content

-107 The CPD course is designed to ensure clinical competency in the focussed area of Rheumatology ultrasound (Hand, wrist, foot) by delivering the theoretical underpinning whilst students engage in practice concurrently, thus facilitating the application of theoretical principles to practice. The clinical education element of the programme requires the student to be able to have regular access to ultrasound placement, with the support of an appropriate mentor (this is not provided by GCU). Evidence of this is required prior to entry The course is designed to, -510b7 culminate in a GCU CASE accredited award of 'Certificate of Competence to Practice focussed Rheumatology Ultrasound (Hand, wrist and foot)' -510b7 be predominantly work-based within a recognised placement under the supervision of a named mentor b7 be assessed through a practice based appraisal undertaken by a nominated external assessor b7 include a two day workshop (endorsed by EFSUMB) comprising key note lectures and practical sessions using state of the art equipment to meet the learning outcomes. b7 offer distance learning support including key note lectures and directed learning tasks delivered through the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) GCU Learn


-360b7 Fundamental scientific principles of B-Mode and Doppler ultrasound b7 Equipment components, selection and Image generation b7 Image optimisation b7 Ultrasound artefacts (B-mode and Doppler) b7 Ultrasound ergonomics and bio-effects b7 Safe scanning practice b7 Patient informed consent, communication procedures and practice limitation issues b7 Scanning techniques for hands, wrist and foot b7 Ultrasound appearances - (normal and abnormal) b7 Review of International guidelines for Rheumatology Ultrasound of the hands, wrist and foot b7 Image appraisal b7 Synovitis grading systems b7 Reporting protocols; legal implications of reporting

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course which includes clinical assessments, you will be able to:- " apply physical and safety principles and identify, select and manipulate equipment appropriately for an ultrasound examination in order to obtain standard sonographic images of the hand, wrist and foot" demonstrate an applied knowledge of anatomy and pathophysiology relating to Rheumatology of the hands, wrist and foot" competently and safely undertake focused real-time ultrasound examinations for Rheumatology ultrasound as appropriate to the evidence base and current national and international guidelines" acquire good quality representative images and archive appropriate images in accordance with local protocols " interpret, measure and grade sonographic features consistent with active rheumatic diseases of the hands, wrist and foot" demonstrate competence in reporting ultrasound findings effectively to contribute to case management

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning strategies will range from key note lectures and blended learning resources which will provide theoretical underpinning to practice based tutorials which will consolidate learning and rehearse practical skills. Clinical based learning, an intrinsic part of the module, will take place at the students' placements where individual tutorials led by the clinical teams, based on the workload referrals, will encourage problem solving and reflective practice. Where it is identified in the placement unit, through learning objectives and feedback, that the student's contact with more complex pathologies is limited, clinical experience in these areas will be supplemented normally by a placement in an alternative centre with a wider range of procedures and examinations. Emphasis is placed on the student achieving autonomy, competent to carry out focussed Rheumatology ultrasound (Hand, wrist, foot) . Enabling strategies in the clinical placement will reflect this approach. The virtual e-learning environment - GCU Learn- offers a forum for exchange of information and ideas among participants with the intention of broadening their learning experience and encouraging students to become autonomous, reflective learners who assume responsibility for their learning to achieve clinical competency. The Professional Portfolio will be utilised as a learning tool throughout the course, enabling the student to evidence clinical competency and providing a vehicle for continuing development.

Indicative Reading

Bianchi, S. & Martinoli, C. (2007) Ultrasound of the Musculoskeletal System, Spinger, New York El Miedany Y. (2015) Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography in Rheumatic Diseases, Spinger International Publishing, Switzerland Hoskins PR, Martin K and Thrush A. 2010, Diagnostic Ultrasound: Physics and Equipment, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. (available as e-book) O'Neill, J. (2008) Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Anatomy and Technique, Springer, New York McNally, E. (2014) Practical Musculoskeletal Ultrasound 2 nd Ed. Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier Rolfe G, Jasper M, Freshwater D (2011) Critical Reflection in Practice, generating knowledge for care. Palgrae,, Macmillan publishingter Haar G and Duck FA. 2012, The Safe Use of Ultrasound in Medical Diagnosis, 3rd edn, British Institute of Radiology, London. (available as e-book)United Kingdom Association of Sonographers. 2015, Guidelines for Professional Working Standards - Ultrasound Practice, UKAS, London. Electronic sources (web-site provides current information on medical research papers, including case studies from all medical disciplines) (web-site for the Radiological Society of North America that publishes material from its own Annual Scientific Conference in Chicago each November/December) (similar web-site to that of the U.K. Department of Health but information derived from this source may provide a further argument on a subject) (web-site providing evidence on current research especially critical reviews across a wide range of healthcare)

Transferrable Skills

On completion of this module students will be able to: -359b7 Undertake the clinical practice of focussed Rheumatology ultrasound (Hand, wrist, foot) in a professional manner within an ethical and legal framework. b7 Adhere to the principles of verbal and written reporting concurrent with approaches to decision making and accurate record keeping b7 Utilise resources identified in previous or current learning and in the Clinical Placement Unit. b7 Draw upon the expertise of other professionals in order to inform and develop own practice, b7 Demonstrate leadership ability within the framework of the organisation.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Directed Learning 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 70.00
Practicals (FT) 50.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00
Lectures (FT) 4.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Portfolio n/a 100.00 35% Portfolio - Evidence of clinical competency (clinical assessment/clinical hours/log of cases).