Musculoskeletal ultrasound guided injection training within the UK does not currently have a recognised training pathway which all relevant medical and allied health professions must undertake to develop competency. This has led to multiple routes of training being developed , which can cause confusion for professionals looking to add this skill to their clinical practice. Training routes may involve courses from professional bodies, higher education institutions such as Universities or independent teaching orgnaisations running CPD events.
At The Ultrasound Site we provide a range of training events to develop introductory and advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound guided injection skills.
We also have a unique relationship with Orca Medical to support these events with a variety of high-quality ultrasound machines.
Please also explore guided injections further on our resources pages here
We are of course always available to receive your questions and comments via the contact forms on the website or via our email [email protected]
Level 1 Foundation level ultrasound guided injection training courses
Enable you to understand what ultrasound is and to develop some basic skills to manipulate a probe and visualise a needle. We have a close working relationship with Orca Medical who provide a foundation level training event via their Orca Pod package, which enables you to hire an ultrasound system at home and receive some tuition on its use to get a basic understanding of how to visualise a structure, move a probe, visualise a needle and consider the next steps of your training.
Introduction to ultrasound guided injection training
We strongly advise that prior to considering developing ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injection skills you develop a good level of diagnostic ultrasound skills. We have explored and elaborated on this more in a blog which can be found here .
Introductory level ultrasound guided injection skills can be achieved attending a CPD course, intensive weekend course or from attending a formal University based training program. The aims of this level of training will include to develop the following skills
- Understand the physics of needle visualisation and the possible artefacts you may encounter.
- Develop an ability to visualsie a structure on musculoskeletal ultrasound and maintaina stable image of that structure.
- Develop the practical skills to be able to visualsie the needle tip and guide it safely and accurately to a specific structure.
- Understand the clinical governance and professional issues of performing ultrasound guided injections.
Introduction to MSK ultrasound guided injections
A hugely popular, one day introduction to ultrasound guided MSK injections. Using phantoms such as chicken breasts and pigs trotters, you will learn how to optimise needle visualisation and approach the common peripheral injections.
Integrating ultrasound guided injections into your clinical practice
Integration into clinical practice requires the practical implementation of musculoskeletal ultrasound guided injection skills into your place of work. This will often be achieved via clinical mentorship and peer support. This is often a key part of a University based program, often with a requirement to record a number of injection procedures with supervision from an appropriately qualified mentor.
Advanced level ultrasound guided injection training
We strongly advise that prior to attending an advanced injection course you should have completed a minimum of Level 2 diagnostic skills and injection skills course . We have explored and elaborated on this more in a blog which can be found here .
There is an ongoing commitment to continuous professional development , and further advancing musculoskeletal ultrasound guided injection skills is an important aspect of this , whatever your professional background. Attending an advanced injection course will often enable you to develop your skills further by highlighting more challenging techniques but also enable you to refine and develop your injection approaches on cadaveric specimens.
Cadaveric ultrasound guided MSK injection course
A really unique course, hosted in fantastic facilities at Imperial College, in central London. A two day course, offering teaching in small groups with cadaveric specimens. A multiprofessional teaching team will offer dynamic and informative teaching!
Q. How do I know that this course is of high quality?
All the lecturers on our courses have completed formal training MSK Sonography and have been using MSK Ultrasound for several years. Crucially, they are clinicians with many years experience of integrating ultrasound into their practice alongside other forms of imaging such as MRI giving a great breadth of experience to enable them to teach ultrasound in the correct clinical context.
Several teach on PG Cert MSK Ultrasound University based courses as guest lecturers, and present at different events each year. The lecturers are also members of executive committees of professional organisations such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, The Royal College of Radiologists and British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine, so are very familiar with MSK ultrasound and injection therapy development within different professional roles.
Q. Do we get to use the ultrasound machines?
We know the importance of hands-on practice when scanning! As we’ve been there when we were learning! So we can reply with a massive YES! The course is designed with high lecturer:student ratios, with on average a lecturer for every 5 students. We have a large number of machines to ensure that as much time as possible is spent with the students scanning under close supervision. We understand the subtlety of moving a probe to ensure you achieve a high quality diagnostic image. We try to provide a selection of machines including hand held mobile devices, laptop systems and cart based – this gives you the ideal opportunity to trial systems and work out what might suitable for you.
Q. Do you lease or sell ultrasound systems?
No, we are purely focussed on the educational experience. We do however have links with ultrasound system providers who can provide you with exclusive leasing rates if you attend one of our courses.
Q. Does this qualify me as a sonographer?
Surprisingly, a sonographer is not a protected title and therefore anyone can theoretically call themselves a ‘sonographer’. I guess a better way to pose this question would be ‘does this deem me competent to perform ultrasound in the setting I wish to use it in?’. Well, this depends on the setting and the local governance but essentially this course is designed as an important first step for people who are considering an ultrasound qualification, or who are interested in learning ultrasound to give them an idea of how ultrasound may fit into their practice. The course can also serve as a refresher, perhaps for certain joints.
To undertake a formal qualification which would lead you to be able to work in for example Radiology departments within the NHS you would need to progress on to complete a PG Cert qualification on a CASE accredited course. This course would place you in a strong position before starting your CASE course. We are creating a University accredited CASE course at the moment and hope to release news in early 2018!
Q. How do I know if I am scanning things correctly?
Because we have a large ratio of lecturers to students, there will be someone overseeing and teaching with each group for as much time as possible throughout the day to ensure that you are handling the probe correctly and there are lots of tips on image optimisatio and use of the machine technology to get the best image! Basically, we will be peering over your shoulder! After the course you can also join us on our Medshr group, to keep touch and share images for feedback and as a record of your ongoing learning.
Q. What are the advantages of doing this course?
The advantages of doing this course is that all of the tutors have extensive experience of working with ultrasound and ultrasound guided injections working within busy Radiology, NHS , Private and Sports injuries clinics..we have it all covered! Most importantly, we are enthusiastic and passionate about teaching..that is why we set this up in our spare time! We also provide you with all the educational content on a USB.
Q. What are the terms and conditions for refunds and bookings?
All details for the refund policy and bookings terms and conditions can be found HERE
Q. Do I need to have scanned before in order to attend a course?
For our Introductory MSK Ultrasound course..No. We have many people who attend the course who have little, or no, previous scanning experience. This course is designed to accommodate people who have no previous scanning experience and are interested in learning from scratch. However, as mentioned above, it is also a very useful learning experience for people with some scanning background as well.
For our injection courses it is best to have attended the Introductory course first. Have a read of this blog as well to gain some more ideas on why developing your diagnostic skills first is a good idea.
Q. Do you provide training to whole departments?
We are able to travel and provide a customised training program for a group of clinicians in a department. For further discussion email us at [email protected]
Q. Does this course qualify me to perform ultrasound guided injections in my workplace?
No. In order to perform image guided injections in your workplace you must conform to local guidelines and competency requirements. This course, however, may form part of your CPD and learning if you are looking to start performing ultrasound guided injections, or as a top-up course as part of your continuing CPD.
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What our attendees say
“The Intro to MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound 2 day course is a perfect start to developing this fantastic skill. The tutors are exceptionally knowledgable, approachable and skilled in teaching. It is a very practical course with excellent tutor and machine to pupil ratios. Important topics such as basic physics and training pathways are also discussed. I would highly recommend to any MSK clinician interested in integrating diagnostic US into their practice.”
”I was very impressed with the one day MSK ultrasound guided injection course run by The Ultrasound Site. Teaching ultrasound guided injections to clinicians from a wide variety of specialities and experiences on a single day is no easy task. The tutors were knowledgable, enthusiastic and extremely well prepared. Their passion for the use of ultrasound was impressive and I expect this one day course to continue to evolve and get even better.”
Keep up the good work Stuart, Rob and Dave!’
“I recently attended the cadaveric musculoskeletal ultrasound guided injection course run by The Ultrasound Site and was highly impressed. The course is run by a variety of friendly and approachable health care professionals. Ranging from an musculoskeletal radiology consultant to extended scope physiotherapists who regularly scan and inject patients. This variety allows you to see the different types of approach/styles people use when injecting and gives you a chance to practice those different styles and see which one suits you best.The course is very well organised and with a limited number of participants it means you can practice as much as you want and have the tutors on hand to guide you if you are having difficulties”