Wrightington Upper Limb Ultrasound Course by SMUG & Mr. Len Funk

Wrightington Upper Limb Ultrasound

£330 - £895
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  • Expert faculty with internationally renowned lecturers and clinicians
  • Upper limb only focus - ideal for shoulder/upper limb surgeons, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapists, Rheumatologists, Sonographers and Radiologists
  • Highly practical to ensure plenty of opportunity for the delegates to practice and learn from our expert faculty
  • Opportunity to scan real patients with pathology under close supervision. The patients have been hand picked to ensure delegates see a variety of pathologies
  • High tutor to delegate ratio to allow plenty of feedback and close supervision to the delegates
  • The cadavers used on the course are as close as you can get to the real thing
  • Excellent facilities – Day 1 takes places between the lecture theatre and a spacious practical room. Day 2 takes places in the Bioskills Lab
  • Comprehensive course notes, online pre-reading and teaching resources

We have teamed up with the shoulderdoc, Mr Len Funk, and the world renowned Wrightington Upper Limb Unit to bring you a unique and comprehensive ultrasound and guided injection upper limb course (www.shoulderscan.co.uk). Our course is the only one in the UK and Europe combining one day with scanning of the upper limb and the second day in a cadaveric lab to learn ultrasound guided injections. It is also one of the only courses to give delegates the opportunity to scan real patients with real pathology under close supervision. The patients have been hand picked to ensure delegates see a variety of pathologies.

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Day 1 | 08:30 - 17:30 focuses on scanning the shoulder, elbow and wrist in small groups, with plenty of machines and close supervision from our expert faculty. The morning includes short presentations, faculty demonstrations and practical workshops where the delegates scan with close supervision on models. In the afternoon delegates will scan real patients with a variety of pathology.

There is a strong clinical focus throughout and particular attention is made to when, and how, imaging findings change clinical management. Many case examples are presented and discussion is encouraged to share ideas and experiences. Clinicians attend our courses from a variety of disciplines, providing an excellent forum to network, learn from each other and challenge clinical practice.

Day 1 is suitable for delegates with no ultrasound experience or practitioners who are looking to develop their skills further.

Day 2 | 08:30 - 17:00 gives delegates the opportunity to learn ultrasound-guided injections of the upper limb on cadavers. Day 2 is strictly limited to 18 delegates to ensure one cadaver and one ultrasound machine to 2 delegates. This will ensure the delegates get the most out of the day, have ample time to practice under close supervision and get the opportunity to carry out as many injections as possible.

Our tutors have taught this course all over the world and have all the top tips; technical knowledge and clinical gems to ensure the delegates maximise this unique learning opportunity and develop their guided injection skills. For each injection the delegates are taught the simplest and most effective techniques. The practical workshops are carried out on freshly frozen cadavers, which is the closest match to the real thing! You have full access to perfect your skills on the cadavers over the whole day. Day 2 is suitable for delegates with no guided injection experience or for those who are already carrying out injections but want to develop their skills and injection repertoire.

We cover the basic procedures including all peri-articular and articular injections and more advanced procedures such as barbotage for calcification and hydro-distention for adhesive capsulitis. Following this course you will be ready to either start carrying out guided injections on your clients or ready to introduce the more advanced techniques into your repertoire.

Day 1 - Upper Limb Scanning

Time Summary
08:30 - 09:00 Registration and chance for delegates to visit sponsors.
09:00 - 09:10 Introduction/welcome.
The role of US in MSK medicine and orthopaedics.
Plan for the day.
09:10 - 09:30 Introduction: Physics, terminology, equipment, safety, artifacts
09:30 - 09:50 Technique and normal findings (incl. normal variants)
09:30 - 09:50 The role of US and US guided injections in shoulder pathology - a surgeons perspective
09:50 - 10:10 Shoulder ultrasound (lecture and live demo)
10:10 - 11:10 Shoulder Ultrasound (practical workshop)
11:10 - 11:30 Coffee Break (opportunity for the delegates to meet the sponsors)
11:30 - 11:50 The role of US and US guided injections in elbow pathology - a surgeons perspective
11:50 - 12:10 Elbow ultrasound - lecture and live demo
12:10 - 13:00 Elbow Ultrasound - practical workshop
13:00 - 13:40 Lunch (opportunity for the delegates to meet the sponsors)
13:40 - 14:00 The role of US and US guided injections in wrist and hand pathology - a surgeons perspective
14:00 - 14:20 Wrist and Hand ultrasound - lecture and live demo
14:20 - 15:20 Wrist and Hand Ultrasound - - practical workshop
15:20 - 15:40 Coffee Break (opportunity for the delegates to meet the sponsors)
15:40 - 17:25 Hands on scanning (shoulder, elbow and wrist/hand) - patients with pathology
17:25 - 17:30 Summary of the day

Day 2 - Upper Limb Guided Injection

Time Summary
08:30 - 09:00 Registration and chance for delegates to visit sponsors.
09:00 - 09:30 Outline of the day and rules of the lab!
The Evidence - Guided Versus Unguided Injections.
09:30 - 10:00 Injection technique - How to carry out an in-plane and out-of-plane US guided injection - technical considerations.
US guided injections of the AC joint.
Practical workshop - in-plane and out of plane technique will be practiced.
10:00 - 10:30 US guided Shoulder injections (see below) - lecture and demonstration
10:30 - 11:45 US guided Shoulder injections - practical workshop
11:45 - 12:00 Procedural considerations with US guided injections - lecture
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch (opportunity for the delegates to meet the sponsors)
13:00 - 13:30 US guided elbow* (see below) injections - lecture and demonstration
13:30 - 14:30 US guided elbow injections - practical workshop
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break (opportunity for the delegates to meet the sponsors)
15:00 - 15:30 US guided wrist* and hand * (see below) injections - lecture and demonstration
15:30 - 16:30 US guided wrist and hand injections - practical workshop
16:30 - 16:50 Revision session - opportunity to practice injections from the day
16:50 - 17:00 Recap of course, the future of ultrasound and guided procedures
Feedback forms and certificates.

Are SMUG courses endorsed by The College of Radiographers?

Endorsment for our Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging in Sports Medicine course is currently being processed.

How does the SMUG introduction course differ from other courses?

It is an intensive, highly practical, hands-on and highly interactive course with a high tutor participant ratio of at least 1:6. It is designed for sports medicine practitioners and provides a good grounding in tissue recognition and scanning skills as well as giving participants a clear idea of the skill level required and the time it takes to be competent and confident.

Do I get a qualification/certificate at the end of the Introduction course?

You will receive a certificate for the allocated CPD hours for the course, not a certificate of competence.

How do I continue to develop my skills after the Introduction course?

For MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound the only accredited pathways are via the Royal College of Radiologists and a PG Cert in MSK Sonography (such as at Canterbury University); it takes approximately 18 months and you have to do a clinic with a radiologist/sonographer once a week.

I only want to know how to scan a particular area (shoulder, muscle, ankle). Is the introduction course for me?

Yes, any scanning requires the skill to optimise the image using the machine settings and the correct manual skill to assess the tissues of interest as well as the knowledge of how to avoid pitfalls.

I am already injecting and only want to know how to do it under guidance. Is the introduction course necessary?

Yes, to identify the correct target area you need the manual skill to visualise the needle and the procedure correctly as well as to follow up after injections.

My company is looking at purchasing a machine. Any suggestions or things to look for?

Many portable machines are very good quality. Look for multi-frequency probes (5-12 MHz or higher), sensitive Power and colour Doppler and most important of course good, clear images. GE, Siemens, SonoSite, Mindray to mention a few manufacturers. Ask the representative to demonstrate a model in your clinic and compare!

Will I be able to scan my patients after the introduction course?

The course gives you the practical skills, but it takes a lot more training to get familiar with the spectrum of normal anatomy appearance, trauma, pathology and clinical interpretation, before ultrasound can be combined with your clinical examination. Practise your skills on patients with their consent, do not use it immediately as a clinical skill.

What is your cancellation policy?

Less than 28 days notice = No refund
29 to 56 days notice = 50% refund
Over 57 days notice = Full refund, less a £25.00 admin charge

What are the prerequisites for the Introduction course?

Participants should have good anatomical knowledge (especially cross-sectional) and clinical experience.

What are the prerequisites for the Advanced course?

Participants have ideally attended an introductory (Level 1) course, are expected to have regular access to an ultrasound scanner, are using ultrasound scanning as part of their daily practice, have completed at least 10 documented scans and are competent at identifying the normal appearance of most commonly assessed structures in MSK ultrasound.

Do SMUG run courses specific to emergency medicine to identify DVT etc?

No, our courses are purely sports medicine orientated and as such do not cover DVT screening or application in an A&E department.

Does your organisation or workplace need training?

If you require training we can come to you or you can come to us! There is a minimum fee of £1,000 per day (plus travel expenses). To enquire about your specific training needs please email info@ultrasoundtraining.co.uk or use the contact form.

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