About this course
This highly practical two day introductory musculoskeletal ultrasound course is designed by clinicians working in MSK point of care and Radiology settings and is tailored to specifically meet the needs of health and medical professionals looking to develop their clinical skills utilising diagnostic ultrasound.
The course aims to enhance clinicians’ understanding and awareness of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and how it will change your practice. Run by highly experienced Extended Scope Physiotherapists/ MSK Sonographers who have been using musculoskeletal ultrasound in an outpatient MSK department for the past 8 years and also working in Radiology MSK diagnostic and interventional lists.
This course provides a fantastic learning opportunity, using numerous case study examples. Ideal for beginners or those with limited scanning experience.
Our courses have a high tutor and scanner to student ratios (Often maximum 3 per system), meaning you will benefit from more time scanning and have close support from our tutors whilst you scan.
The course includes scanning of all peripheral joints including short lectures on topics including basic physics, pathology case studies, integrating ultrasound into clinical practice, overview of clinical governance and regulation, presenting a business case for ultrasound, an introduction on ultrasound guided injections and appraising ultrasound as a diagnostic tool.
The course takes place at the 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:
- Have experience of working with patients with musculoskeletal injuries or complaints
- Are employed in a professional environment that enables you to utilise this within your practice in the future.
- Relevant medical or allied health professional experience or qualifications.
- Current registration with the relevant UK professional body eg HCPC or GMC, or foreign equivalent if travelling from abroad
Who is this course accredited by?
European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology for 1 point Category 2
The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) This course provides 14 CPD credits in accordance with the CPD Scheme of the Royal College of Radiologists
This course is accredited for 10 CPD points by BMUS.
Day 1 (Lower Limb)
|9.00-9.30||Basic Physics, Acknowledging artefacts, image optimisation.
Safe use of ultrasound - inc thermal/non-thermal effects
|9.30-10.30||Image optimisation practical, probe skills and identifying structures.|
|10.45 -12.30||Knee – scanning techniques, demonstration, facilitated group working, examples of common pathology. Structures visualised include the suprapatellar recess, extensor mechanism, following the quads from proximal to distal, patella tendon, MCL, medial meniscus, pes anserine complex. LCL, lateral meniscus, ITB insertion. Hamstrings and their insertions.|
|13-15 - 15.00||Ankle and Foot – scanning techniques, demonstration, facilitated group working and examples of common pathologies. Structures visualised include Achilles tendon, Tibialis Posterior, Flexor Hallucis, Tibialis Anterior, Extensor digitorum,Anterior recess of the talocrural joint. lateral ankle ligaments.|
|15.15-16.15||Hip – scanning techniques, demonstration, facilitated group working, examples of common pathology, and techniques. Structures include anterior hip recess, gluteal tendons and insertions, trochateric bursa.|
Day 2 (Upper Limb)
|09:00 - 09:30||Discussion on preparing a business case, regulation of ultrasound use and quality assurance.|
|9:30 - 10:15||Revision of previous days techniques|
|10.30 – 12.30||Shoulder – scanning techniques, demonstration, facilitated group working, examples of common pathology. Visualisation of Long head of biceps and the sheath, Subscapularis, Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Subacromial bursa, the posterior recess of the joint, AC joint|
|13.15 – 15.00||Wrist and Hand – scanning techniques, demonstration, facilitated group working, examples of common pathology. Visualisation of the key tendinous structures of the volar aspect of the wrist, alongwith the median nerve and other neural and vascular structures. The six extensor compartment of the dorsum of the wrist. Finger anatomy and discussion of common pathology including trigger finger and OA changes.|
|15.15 -16.15||Elbow – scanning techniques, demonstration, facilitated group working, examples of common pathology. Visualisation of triceps insertion and the posterior recess of the elbow joint, common extensor tendons, common flexor tendons and insertions. The anterio aspect of the joint including distal biceps insertion, the brachial artery and median nerve.|
Unique 3 screen presentation setup – probe, ultrasound and tutorial!
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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 founded The Ultrasound Site. 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
Worried about a lack of support following a course? We can help!…by founder and Director Stuart Wildman…
“Learning musculoskeletal ultrasound is a challenge. The image quality that is created is very user dependent so continuous professional development and practice after our weekend course is essential. We have an exciting solution to offer you support. No more feeling exposed and open to criticism of your content on social media channels such as Twitter or Facebook., or worrying about who can see it such as members of the public.”
”We have collaborated with MedShr, a secure platform for verified professionals from all over the world – available on iOS, Android and via the web. We have built a specific group for our course delegates to share their cases and questions as they learn. This is not an open group, but a private group just for course delegates (all verified medical professionals) – so you will only be sharing content with your colleagues who you met on the recent course!”
”And the best bit about this…IT IS COMPLETELY FREE! Any questions or difficulties with signing up, then get in touch with me via email [email protected] or call 0203 3629430. Just click the link below to get started”.
Founder & Director
Complete this course to access The Ultrasound Site private course group on MedShr
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.”Stewart Kerr
“The course was very participatory with lots of hand on experience on the ultrasound machines and a
wide content covering all the joints. The facilitators were excellent, ready to answer all questions and also provide additional instruction during the practical sessions.
I would recommend the introductory course to anyone with an interest in MSK ultrasound..”
‘I am selective in choosing the course for my medical education .I was impressed with the solid evidence-based content, practical hands on teaching, and exclusive Problem solving tips from the instructors. ‘
”Dr Michael Nazer
“Having recently gained a place on a Post Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSK US) course my objective was to explore the foundation skills of US before the start of the university course. This weekend programme is run by three highly experienced Extended Scope Physiotherapists using MSK US in an outpatient department and radiology daily.
Day one commenced with a brief but very well structured theoretical component of US. Attention was made to the importance of physics and key terminology used during US examination. The US terminology presented was new to many and therefore a clear benefit, particularly as the descriptions transcended throughout the weekend. The practical element was broken into anatomical parts. Day 1 focussed on the lower limb with emphasis on the scanning planes of the hip, knee and ankle. The rewarding aspect of the practical was the low student numbers. The course organisers make it clear the student numbers are kept low. By doing so every student can pair up thus having more time applying the US skills taught on respective partners. Each lecture provides a clear, succinct evaluation and assessment approach before ample time given for students to practice.The course leaders have clearly thought how best the practical element could be presented. With the use of undergraduate students coming to help out as models, the use of live video links to provide clear images of probe positioning and live US images also conveyed onto large screens the teaching environment is highly rewarding. There was a strong emphasis on keeping the course clinically relevant and evidence based. After each anatomical part is covered further slides presenting both common and uncommon pathological findings are discussed.
Day two commenced with a choice for students. Either have time to practice techniques taught from the previous day or listen to a lecture offered by David Baker. The one hour lecture focussed on governance issues surrounding US and offered some very useful guidance how clinicians may put together a business case to apply for their own US units in MSK services. As a clinician looking to put a case to my Trust David’s knowledge and help in this area was greatly received. The rest of the day focused on the upper limb. A significant proportion of time was rightly allocated to the shoulder as this is the most likely area US would be applied in the upper limb. The teaching approach was similar to day 1 with plenty of time to practice skills. The course was completed with a succinct evaluation of the 2 days.
I left the weekend course feeling it was undoubtingly worth the time. All 3 presenters have a clear passion for the implementation of US into MSK service provision and teaching other MSK clinicians its value. If as a clinician, you are wishing to learn the fundamentals behind the use of US in clinic or like myself looking to gain a foundation of skills to build upon before the PG Cert I would strongly encourage clinicians to look at this weekend course. Well done to Stuart, Robert and David for the time and dedication put into driving MSK US standards forward.”Matt Prout
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.