About this course
A dynamic ultrasound guided injection course with a strong practical focus and theory. The course will be run by experienced Extended Scope Physiotherapists, who have been utilising injections within their practice for many years.
They are all active contributors to www.theultrasoundsite.co.uk. The course will contain an overview of injections for both upper and lower limb conditions. Attention to probe handling, needle proprioception and clinician positioning.
The course takes place at Mary Seacole Building, Brunel University London, 8 Kingston Ln, Uxbridge UB8 3PN View Location Maps
Who is this course suitable for?
This course is suitable for allied health or medical professionals who:
- Significant experiences of assessing and treating patients with MSK disorders.
- Have some prior experience of MSK ultrasonography – for example an introductory musculoskeletal ultrasound course. For more information on why we feel its important to have experience of diagnostic skills prior to considering performing ultrasound guided injections, see our recent blog post here.
- Have prior experience of soft tissue and joint injection therapy – if working as an allied health professional in the UK we advise you to have completed a blind injection therapy course first. You can find a list of those here.
- Are employed in a professional environment that enables you to utilise this within your practice
- Have a recognised professional medical qualification and current registration with a relevant UK professional body eg HCPC or GMC, or foreign equivalent if travelling from abroad.
This course provides 14 CPD credits (Day 1 = 7 credits, Day 2 = 7 credits) in accordance with the CPD Scheme of the Royal College of Radiologists
|08.45 – 09:00||Role of ultrasound guided injections in neuromusculoskeletal pain
Establishing and maintaining competencies and continued professional development
Health and Safety
|09:45 – 10:45 Presentation & Discussion||Main principles of practice
Benefits for ultrasound over surface marked injections
Evidence for increased efficacy of ultrasound guided injections
Scope of injection and needling techniques used with ultrasound guidance
Injectable substances – theory and evidence for their effectiveness
|10:45 – 11:00||Break|
|11:00 – 11.30 Presentation||Injection technique – physics relating to needle image optimisation
Techniques for improving – utilizing machine parameters
|11.30-12.30 Practical Session I||Optimizing image generation and probe proprioception
Practicing technique of needle visualisation
Practice injection technique maintaining needle visulaisation
In-plane and out of plane techniques
Other ultrasound facilitated techniques
|12:30 – 13:15||Lunch|
|13:15 – 14:45||Upper Limb Techniques for common upper limb conditions
Video demonstrations carrying out US guided injections .
Practical II – Practice techniques for upper limb – Facilitated small group session
Shoulder : sub-acromial, intra-articular, AC joint, LH biceps
Elbow :Tennis and golfers elbow, distal biceps, radial-ulnar and humeral-ulnarjoint, posterior impingement of the elbow, ulnar nerve irritation/subluxation.
Wrist Radio-carpal joint, DeQuervains tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome.
Hand First CMC joint, trigger finger/thumb, finger joints.
|14:45 – 15.00||Break|
|15.00 – 17.00||Lower Limb Techniques for common lower limb conditions
Practical III – Practice Techniques for lower limb – Facilitated small group session
Hip Trochanteric bursitis, gluteus medius tendinopathy.
Knee Intra-articular knee, Baker’s cyst, aspiration.
Ankle & Foot Intra-articular, posterior impingement, plantar fascia, first MTP joint.
Mary Seacole Building, Brunel University London, 8 Kingston Ln, Uxbridge UB8 3PN
Your Course Tutors
Mr Stuart Wildman
MSc, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, HCPC, MCSP, PG Cert/CASE accredited Musculoskeletal Sonography, PG Dip injection therapy
Stuart is an Extended Scope Physiotherapist and MSK Sonographer working in the NHS in London. He has an interesting working week, dividing his time between Radiology and Physiotherapy, here he performs both diagnostic and guided interventions in both. He qualified from the University of Southampton in 2003 with a BSc Physiotherapy, and went on to gain an MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at The University of Hertfordshire and a PG Cert in MSK Sonography at Canterbury and Christ Church University.
Mr David Baker
BSc Physiotherapy HCPC, MCSP, PG Cert Musculoskeletal Sonography
David brings together his unique skills as ESP, MSK Sonographer, experienced injection therapist, and lecturer to the website. David works as an Extended Scope Physiotherapist in the NHS, working extensively with diagnostic ultrasound since 2007 and studied for his formal Pg Cert at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has further developed his special interest in ultrasound guided injection therapy.
Mr Robert Mast
BSc Physiotherapy HCPC, MCSP, PgCert Musculoskeletal Sonography, Non Medical prescriber
Rob trained and qualified as a physiotherapist through the HvA in Amsterdam in 1993.
He has been working for Homerton University Hospital as an Extended Scope Physiotherapist in the primary care setting since 2004. He works one day per week in the Radiology Department of Homerton University Hospital as an MSK sonographer both for diagnostics as well as for carrying out interventional procedures.
Continuing your learning after the course
Want feedback on your injection techniques after the course?...by founder and Director Stuart Wildman…
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What our attendees say
”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!’Dr Imtiaz Ahmad
”Really interesting and practical course for radiologists, Orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists and GPs.
It practically covers all aspects of joint injections, with tips and tricks to manage the most frequent muscolo-skeletal disorders.
Well organized and easily reachable from the city center or the airport for participants coming from abroad. To be recommended”
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. 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!
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.