PGCert MSK US

£3,650.00

Inc VAT

2024/25 entry

UK International
£3,650 Distance learning Currently £3,650, Distance learning

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Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.

Fees for EU applicants: For entry to the 2024/25 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

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  • Validated by the University College of Osteopathy*, who will award the PGCert qualification
  • CASE Accreditation has been applied for
  • The course will produce confident, independent and conscientious ultrasound practitioners
  • Excellent tutor to delegate ratio with plenty of time to practise under close supervision
  • Opportunity to work with the experts in this field
  • Typically 1 machine to 3 delegate ratio for practical sessions - a range of cart-based and portable/laptop ultrasound machines are used. These machines represent the variations available in clinical practice. 
  • Access to our online resources including key articles, learning resources, presentations, and quizzes
  • Exclusive access to our online learning forum

Entry Requirements: A UK honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised and relevant qualification in a Health Care-related subject, and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Medical Council (GMC), General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), or equivalent internationally recognised professional body. You will have to provide your registration number on application.

Application process: Once you have submitted your application, one of our Course Leaders (Chris Myers or Robert Laus) will contact you to establish your suitability and verify that you meet all requirements. They will then contact your Clinical Supervisor and Independent Assessor to ensure their suitability along with that of the clinical placement. Once confirmed, you will be invited to join the PGCert MSK US. Payment is required within seven days of being accepted on the course to secure your place, along with submitting the required registration documentation.

Overview
SMUG is the leading provider of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the UK and has over ten years’ experience of providing ultrasound education in both the UK and abroad. SMUG’s mission is to provide the highest quality education for clinicians to learn diagnostic ultrasound to ultimately improve clinical decision making and patient care.

*The UCO is currently in discussion with AECC University College about a proposed merger to create a unique inter-disciplinary environment for education, clinical practice and research in osteopathy, chiropractic, and across a wide range of allied health and related disciplines. This may involve a change to the awarding body for your course. Click here for further information about the proposed merger

Over the last decade there has been a considerable increase in the demand and use of ultrasound in the management of musculoskeletal complaints in both the public and private healthcare sectors. Technological advances, accessibility and improved diagnostic capabilities, as well as a growing body of literature in this area, have been key factors involved in this increasing demand and we expect this trend to continue in the coming years. Developing a highly skilled pool of clinicians with the appropriate training and necessary competency Is therefore essential to meet this demand.

Whether working within the NHS, private practice or elite sports, this learning pathway has been set up to provide a structured, in-depth and comprehensive training programme for those clinicians looking to add diagnostic ultrasound to their musculoskeletal practice. If you are an Allied Health Professional, doctor,  radiologist or sonographer and want to expand your knowledge around musculoskeletal scanning, this Postgraduate certificate will provide an ideal environment for you to learn.

This course is delivered by full-time clinicians and lecturers who work in a variety of locations including the NHS, elite sports and the private sector in musculoskeletal clinics, radiology and sonography departments. You will also benefit from visiting lecturers who have extensive knowledge and expertise in a wide range of areas. This faculty includes Sports Medicine Consultants, physiotherapists and sonographers.

Please note your clinical placement must be carried out in the UK or Republic of Ireland in order to gain accreditation.

Booking Options
Location
University College of Osteopathy (UCO), 275 Borough High Street, London SE1 1JE
Available dates
Start date - Sept 2024 - £3,650
See Dates tab below for a full list of dates for each cohort

Description

SMUG has teamed up with the University College of Osteopathy (UCO) in London (previously the British School of Osteopathy or BSO), to provide a Post Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound. This learning pathway has been set up to provide a structured, in-depth and comprehensive training programme for those clinicians looking to add diagnostic ultrasound to their musculoskeletal practice.

The course is divided into two modules. The first module involves a 3 day and a 2 day teaching block, a case study (3000 words),  followed by an OSCE examination. Module two involves a two-day teaching block and work-based learning. You will require a clinical supervisor for this module. You will need to complete 250 scans, 100 of these supervised and 150 unsupervised, and an audit essay (3000 words). These will need to be signed off by your clinical supervisor. The SMUG Mentorship programme complements the post graduate certificate pathway by providing the clinical supervision component required in module 2. Many delegates will attend both of these courses.

The first module covers the basics of musculoskeletal ultrasound, physics, knobology and reports writing. We cover the shoulder, elbow and wrist/hand and the hip, knee and ankle/foot. In module two, we cover more advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound skills of the upper and lower limb and pathology.

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If you have any questions about our Post Graduate Certificate in MSK Ultrasound please email info@ultrasoundtraining.co.uk

Course Content

Consists of 2 core units (30 credits per unit).  2 units = 60 credits (PGCert)

Unit 1 & Unit 2 teaching days are delivered in person.

Unit 2 is predominantly a work-based learning unit. You will require a dedicated clinical supervisor.

Teaching will take place in Central London at the University College of Osteopathy (UCO).

Unit 1:

A block of 3 consecutive days, followed approximately 2 months later, with a block of 2 consecutive days.

Day 1 - Principles of Science and Technology in Medical Ultrasound.
Day 2 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging; Upper Limb: Practical workshops and presentations
Day 3 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging; Upper Limb: Practical workshops and presentations
Day 4 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging; Lower Limb: Practical workshops and presentations
Day 5 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging; Lower Limb: Practical workshops and presentations & Revision

Assessment Unit 1:

Case Study (3000 words)
Day 6 – Approximately 3 months after the start of Unit 1 = OSCE/practical exam

Unit 2:

2-day block (consecutive days)
Day 7 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (Advanced lower limb)
Day 8 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (Advanced upper limb). MCQ Pathology

Assessment Unit 2:

Logbook of 250 clinical scans - 150 unsupervised & 100 supervised
Audit Essay (3000 words)

Location

Course dates

 

2023/24 2024/25
Unit 1: Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. Tues 5, Wed 6 & Thurs 7 September 2023

Tues 24 & Wed 25 October 2023

Tues 12 December 2023

Mon 9, Tues 10 & Wed 11 September 2024

Mon 28 & Tues 29 October 2024

Wed 11 December 2024

Unit 2: Integrating Musculoskeletal Ultrasound into Practice. Tues 9 & Wed 10 April 2024 Mon 7 & Tues 8 April 2025

 

 

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