Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Professional Practice

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
04 October 2018


Requisites for this module
HS971 or SE715
HS971 or SE715



Key module for

CER B16EMO Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging,
DIP B16EMO Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging,
MSC B16EMO Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

Module description

Students will have been introduced to musculoskeletal scanning including standard scanning protocols, this module will then enable students to explore the modality's utilisation in contemporary healthcare.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging is a modality in a growth phase; it can now be found in many clinical environments beyond the traditional domain of radiology. A variety of professionals have incorporated this modality into their clinical practice, students can access mentorship in any appropriate clinical environment e.g. general practice, physiotherapy, sports medicine, rheumatology.

This module has been designed to provide a robust and transparent process for monitoring and assessment of students' clinical progress and competence.

Module aims

This module aims to develop students' knowledge relating to the clinical application of musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

critically appraise and utilise all information from various sources to determine the most appropriate musculoskeletal ultrasound examination

analyse the needs of the patient in order to perform all aspects of the musculoskeletal ultrasound examination safely and competently

competently carry out musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations according to the evidence base

critically evaluate the musculoskeletal ultrasound findings and where necessary arrange, advise or undertake further investigations appropriate to local policies and practices

actively demonstrate proficiency in reporting musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations to reflect the clinical question raised

communicate clearly and effectively with clients, patients, carers and other healthcare professionals appropriately

critically reflect on personal and professional practice in order to challenge, develop and maintain standards in the field of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging

Module information

You may apply for this module if you have:

Attended an introductory module in musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Students need to supply details of a suitably qualified mentor for this module who has agreed to support their learning and has access to an appropriate patient caseload.
A relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at Level 7.
A minimum of 1 year post-registration experience and relevant musculoskeletal experience.
HCPC or equivalent registration e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and Nurses (NMC), non-radiographer sonographers must evidence their qualification.
Access to support in the work place, (or mentor's workplace) to enable completion clinical learning requirements.

The university is able to direct students to some appropriately qualified independent mentors, there may be fees associated with these independent mentors.

Mentors will be guided by Clinical Skills Learning Documentation and will be provided with contact details of the module team who can be contacted if queries arise. The students and mentors will complete a learning contract with guidance from the university to outline aims of the mentored learning. Work place mentors need to complete documentation to provide evidence of the student's learning.

The clinical department providing the mentoring needs to be able to provide:

a wide range of examinations relevant to the area of clinical practice
protected, supervised hands-on scanning time
an appropriate number of suitably qualified staff to support them within the department
tutoring from experienced professionals
a supportive learning environment
a clinical learning experience supported by evidence-based protocols and adhering to national recommendations where these exist
The clinical mentor should have a wide range of experience and must hold a recognised qualification in the area of practice being studied by the student. It is advisable that the clinical supervisor/mentor has a minimum of two years current clinical experience. An enthusiasm and ability to teach are essential qualities of a good clinical supervisor/mentor, which, coupled with knowledge and expertise are as important as the length of experience.

Students and mentors need to discuss the preparation for the summative practical examinations. Students must complete one formative practical assessment prior to the summative practical assessment with the attendance of the External Assessor. This must be documented and any concerns identified should be raised with the module leader.

Learning and teaching methods

Work based learning supported by university resources and an appropriately qualified mentor. Students should aim to complete the summative assessments within 12 months of registration on this module. Students are not allocated a placement, the learning requirement involves work based learning. A mentor will need to be identified to enable this work based learning and support clinical skill development. Students are responsible for identifying an appropriate mentor and will not be able to register on this module without one. Many students are supported by appropriately qualified mentors in their own work place, others access a mentor at the mentor's work place. The module teaching material will be available to all registered students via the university's intranet learning platform, Moodle. This virtual learning environment will also be used as depository to a library of films. These edited films will present protocols for performing musculoskeletal ultrasound scans, they will also be matched to the scanning images. This technology brings the class room to the work place so students can learn in their work environment using their own ultrasound systems whilst being assisted by a 'virtual sonographer'. There are no timetabled tutorials, students are encouraged to e-mail the module leader for learning support if required. Clinical skills will be developed during this module. Students and mentors will be directed so that they the term 'competency' is defined within the context of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Clinical Assessments    0% 
Coursework   Log Book    0% 
Coursework   Linking theory to Professional Practice: Analysis of 15 scans    100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Sarah-Jane King, email:
School Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Mrs Lorelei Maria Waring
University of Cumbria
Senior Lecturer and Musculioskeletal Ultrasonographer
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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