University Of Cumbria Ultrasound

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University Of Cumbria Ultrasound

University Of Cumbria Ultrasound

This is an intensive, accelerated programme of study which requires highly motivated and committed people. There will be a mixture of practical sessions and traditional classroom learning, including lectures, group work and eLearning activities. Much of your studies will be self-directed and outside timetabled hours, allowing you to take responsibility for your own learning needs in meeting the demands of the accelerated programme.

The programme is taught by a team of experienced ultrasound practitioners both in the university and clinical setting. Top of the range ultrasound equipment and test phantoms, as well as simulated practice facilities (MedaPhor Scan Trainer), are available at the university to prepare you for your time on clinical placement. We currently have the largest MedaPhor ultrasound simulation lab in the world, which is an excellent advantage for our students.

Some of the formative clinical assessments will be performed using the Scan Trainer technology, ensuring you are confident in a range of basic skills before even attempting to scan a patient. The ultrasound machines and practice simulators are housed in a purpose built skills lab, where you will be able to consolidate your theoretical knowledge and practical skills during the academic blocks at university, ensuring you are adequately prepared with the appropriate skills, prior to each placement block.

You will be supported in developing your skills to become an autonomous practitioner, able to undertake advanced practice safely, by ensuring clinical competencies achieved meet national standards. You will have the opportunity for inter-professional learning during clinical placement through the sharing of best clinical practice. The development of critical, analytical and evaluative skills and incorporating these into the clinical environment, encouraging evidence based practice will be a fundamental part of the course.

The clinical placement sites have been working with the university for many years, supporting students through the traditional part-time route for sonographers, and have friendly, supportive and experienced staff to help them develop their clinical skills whilst maintaining strong links with the university.