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CPD pathways: Musculoskeletal assessment, practice and sonography

We know you might not have time to for a full-time degree, so we've created a system of flexible CPD learning pathways. The structure, mode of delivery and level of support you receive on our CPD pathways ensures that you acquire attributes and skills which enhance your professional practice.

We offer two pathways, both available at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters level.

Advanced musculoskeletal assessment and practice

Aims

This pathway enables clinicians in the musculoskeletal field to advance their practice. All students will engage in material related to clinical decision making and there are options available to advance clinical skills including injection therapy and independent prescribing. There is flexibility within this pathway for students to direct their learning to topics of personal interest.

Learning objectives

  • Provide you with critical understanding of the key concepts underlying advanced musculoskeletal clinical skills beyond your normal professional scope of practice.
  • Provide you with the opportunity to acquire advanced musculoskeletal clinical skills beyond your normal professional scope of practice.
  • Provide you with skills to access and critically appraise research findings to develop your own evidence-based practice.
  • Enhance your understanding of the essential principles of research design and to conduct an extensive piece of independent research including: planning, formulating, designing, choosing research methods, collecting data, analysing, interpreting and writing-up.
  • Ensure you acquire a range of transferable employment related skills.
  • Course code: CER B161MO
  • Total credits: 60

Modules

Two of the following 15 credit modules:

  • SE713 Understanding and Managing Complex Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • SE714 Soft Tissue and Joint Injection Therapy
  • SE717 Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment

Plus one of the following:

  • SE731 Work Based Learning
  • HS637 Practice certificate in independent and supplementary prescribing for physiotherapists/podiatrists

Full module descriptions are available below.

  • Course code: DIP B161MO
  • Total credits: 120

Modules

All of the PG Certificate modules, plus:

  • HS900 Research Design and Critical Appraisal and HS908 Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation
    or
  • HS900 Research Design and Critical Appraisal and HS927 Statistical Analysis
    or
  • HS945 Postgraduate Research Methods

plus:

  • Optional module (15 credits) and optional module (15 credits)
    or
  • Optional module (30 credits)

Full module descriptions are available below.

  • Course code: MSC B161MO
  • Total credits: 180

Modules

All of the PG Diploma modules, plus:

  • SE730 Dissertation (60 credits)

Full module descriptions are available below.

Entry requirements

  • A relevant professional qualification and current registration with the relevant UK professional body.
  • A minimum of one year post-registration experience (please note that the following modules require a minimum of three years post-registration experience: Soft Tissue and Joint Injection Therapy and Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Physiotherapists and Podiatrists).
  • A relevant first degree or relevant professional experience and qualifications that demonstrate ability to study at level seven.
  • Currently employed in a relevant field of practice.
  • Demonstration of existing specialist competencies in musculoskeletal practice.
  • For non-native speakers of English an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 450/200.

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Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging

Aims

This pathway supports clinicians from a range of professional backgrounds to access musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.

Students engage with the technical considerations that underpin this imaging modality prior to musculoskeletal scanning protocols. This face to face teaching occurs at weekends at the Southend campus. Students need a mentor to complete the clinical learning components of the PGCert. The pathway included optional modules covering ultrasound guided injections or service evaluation.

Professional accreditation

Our PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc are CASE accredited.

Learning objectives

  • To provide students with critical understanding of the key concepts underlying musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.
  • To facilitate students’ acquisition of practical musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging skills.
  • To ensure students acquire a range of transferable employment related skills
  • To enable students to evaluate and respond to professional considerations related to musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.
  • To provide students with skills to access and critically appraise research findings to develop their own evidence-based practice.
  • To enhance students understanding of the essential principles of research design and to conduct an extensive piece of independent research including: planning, formulating, designing, choosing research methods, collecting data, analysing, interpreting and writing-up.
  • Course code: CER B16EMO
  • Total credits: 60

Modules

  • SE708 Technical Considerations in Ultrasound Imaging
  • SE715 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • SE709 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Professional Practice

Full module descriptions are available below.

  • Course code: DIP B16EMO
  • Total credits: 120

Modules

All of the PG Certificate modules, plus:

  • HS900 Research Design and Critical Appraisal and HS908 Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation
    or
  • HS900 Research Design and Critical Appraisal and HS927 Statistical Analysis
    or
  • HS945 Postgraduate Research Methods

plus:

  • SE731 Work Based Learning
    or
  • SE710 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Guided Injections
    or
  • SE714 Soft Tissue and Joint Injection Therapy and SE718 Skill Extension for Musculoskeletal Injection Practitioners – Ultrasound Guidance

plus:

  • SE719 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Clinical Skills Experience - Scanning Record

Full module descriptions are available below.

  • Course code: MSC B16EMO
  • Total credits: 180

Modules

All of the PG Diploma modules, plus:

  • SE730 Dissertation (60 credits)

Full module descriptions are available below.

Entry requirements

  • 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. To register on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Professional Practice, (SE709) students must provide a completed Practice Mentorship Agreement, (see module guide for SE709).
  • For non-native speakers of English an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 450/200.

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CPD module descriptions

  • SE708 Technical Considerations in Ultrasound Imaging

    Module code: SE708
    Module credits: 15
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01206 873350, email sres@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Southend campus.
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    This module aims to develop students’ knowledge of the theoretical principles that underpin ultrasound imaging. The science related to ultrasound generation and image production will be explored in order for students to be able to link these theoretical elements to practical considerations. Students will become familiar with common ultrasound artefacts and their impact on ultrasound imaging. They will understand the key factors that influence equipment choice alongside the responsibilities for equipment maintenance and other quality assurance processes.

    Learning and teaching methods

    Overview

    This module’s delivery reflects the aim to link theory with practice: technical considerations will be taught and supported with practical demonstrations. Image manipulation strategies, ultrasound artefacts, Doppler application and equipment evaluation will be considered with practical demonstration alongside theoretical material.

    Lectures

    Lectures will present theoretical and professional issues and will include:

    • Ultrasound and its Propagation in Tissue
    • Image Generation, acquisition, optimisation and interpretation
    • Ultrasound Artifacts
    • Principles of Doppler Ultrasound
    • Development of Ultrasound Imaging Technology
    • Equipment Choice and Manipulation
    • Equipment Appraisal and Evaluation
    • Image Recording
    • Ultrasound Bioeffects
    • Quality Assurance
    Online

    The module teaching material will be available to all registered students via the university’s intranet learning platform, Moodle.

    Tutorials

    There are no timetabled tutorials, students are encouraged to e-mail the module leader for learning support if required.

    Skills

    Students will be introduced to the skills required to manipulate ultrasound equipment for safe and optimal use.

    Learning outcomes

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

    1. demonstrate and apply a thorough knowledge of the physical and technological principles and processes of diagnostic ultrasound describing their relevance to the ultrasound image and the equipment utilized
    2. critically evaluate and debate the safety issues related to diagnostic ultrasound to enable optimal use of the equipment within the current, internationally recognised recommendations for safe practice actively reducing any hazard to patient and staff
    3. critically appraise current ultrasound equipment, latest technology and associated quality assurance procedures for pertinent use in order to identify and select new machines for replacement

    Assessment strategy

    Overview

    A summary of the components is below. Detailed instructions will be provided to the students and supported by Moodle.

    Examination, weighting 50%. Learning outcome 1

    45 minute multiple choice question examination. This will take place at Southend campus, 4-6 weeks after the course teaching.

    Coursework, weighting 50%. Learning outcomes 1,2 and 3

    Discussions linking technical considerations to practical application.

    Students will be provided with three topics related to the technical application of ultrasound. For each topic, the student will have a maximum of 500 words to explore the topic, demonstrate an awareness of a current and relevant evidence base and link theoretical issues to practical considerations when scanning.

    Feedback on all coursework will be available to students within four weeks of submission.

    Module pre-requisites

    • 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.

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • SE709 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Professional Practice

    Module code: SE709
    Module credits: 30
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01206 873350, email sres@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Southend campus.
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    This module aims to develop students’ knowledge relating to the clinical application of musculoskeletal ultrasound. 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 if they are able to find support from a suitably qualified mentor.

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

    Learning and teaching methods

    Overview

    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.

    Placement

    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 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.

    Online

    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’.

    This technology has been used successfully in other modules and has received positive feedback from students who appreciate the ability to match their own practice with that of an expert.

    Tutorials

    There are no timetabled tutorials, students are encouraged to e-mail the module leader for learning support if required.

    Skills

    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.

    Learning outcomes

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

    1. critically appraise and utilise all information from various sources to determine the most appropriate musculoskeletal ultrasound examination
    2. analyse the needs of the patient in order to perform all aspects of the musculoskeletal ultrasound examination safely and competently
    3. competently carry out musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations according to the evidence base
    4. critically evaluate the musculoskeletal ultrasound findings and where necessary arrange, advise or undertake further investigations appropriate to local policies and practices
    5. actively demonstrate proficiency in reporting musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations to reflect the clinical question raised
    6. communicate clearly and effectively with clients, patients, carers and other healthcare professionals appropriately
    7. critically reflect on personal and professional practice in order to challenge, develop and maintain standards in the field of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging

    Assessment strategy

    Four summative practical assessments
    • No weighting, must be passed
    • Learning outcomes: 1-6

    One of these summative practical assessments will be attended by an External Assessor. The four summative practical assessments will involve the scanning process for four different patients, each presenting with different anatomical scanning requests. One of the summative practical assessments will be of a shoulder patient. The four practical assessments should take place on the same day at the convenience of the clinical mentor, student and External Assessor.

    The examinations during the practice based learning are marked as a pass/fail. A failed practice based learning examination cannot be compensated.

    Log book
    • No weighting, must be passed
    • Learning outcomes: 7

    The submitted log book will provide evidence of the learning experience through documented critical incidents and scanning practice. Students should document scanning and it is advised that all scans are recorded.

    Linking theory to professional practice coursework: analysis of 15 scans
    • Learning outcomes: 1, 3, 7

    Technical, professional and clinical issues will be reviewed and supported by evidence based discussion that were relevant to the imaging process. 15 scans, each with a word limit of 350 words.

    Coursework must be passed to a minimum of 50%.

    Module pre-requisites

    • Attendance of an introductory module in musculoskeletal ultrasound, e.g. HS971.
    • 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.

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • SE710 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Guided Injections

    Module code: SE710
    Module credits: 30
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01206 873350, email sres@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Southend campus.
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    This module aims to develop students’ knowledge, practical use and clinical application of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections. The clinical role of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections relates to the evidence base supporting its role in the management of many musculoskeletal presentations and the increasing requirement for clinicians to guarantee the site of injection, thereby providing evidence of needle placement. Clinicians need to have a strong understanding of the theoretical issues underpinning injection therapy including legalities and professional responsibilities. There is a strong emphasis on clinical reasoning in this module ensuring clinicians are able to justify the guided injection intervention’s inclusion in patients’ management pathway.

    Learning and teaching methods

    Overview

    This module’s delivery reflects the practical but varied nature of musculoskeletal ultrasound guided interventions. Face-to-face teaching will assist the students with the related scientific principles. Tutors will guide the students through the practical processes from preparation of injection equipment through to performing the guided intervention. Students will be expected to engage in class room discussions exploring professional elements including timing of the intervention in the patient’s management pathway, the overall patient experience and evaluation of practice. A significant proportion of the learning will take place in the student’s work place so the clinical application of ultrasound guided injections can be explored. Learning in the work place ensures the reality of clinical scenarios and professional responsibilities are considered alongside technical issues.

    Lectures

    Lectures will present theoretical and professional issues and will include:

    • Corticosteroids and local anaesthetics – actions, dosage, risks and contraindications.
    • Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections– what is their role?
    • Technical considerations: image optimisation and needle visualisation
    • Scope of practice and competency to carry out ultrasound (US) guided injections. Medico-legal and Health & Safety issues.
    Independent

    Students will need to practice their scanning techniques independently and will need support in the work place to complete the module assessment.

    Placement

    There is no formal placement requirement but students will need to complete musculoskeletal interventions in the work place as part of their assessment. One or more work place mentors will need to be identified to enable the clinical interventions to be performed. Mentors will be guided by Clinical Skills Learning Documentation and will be provided with contact details of the module leader who can be contacted if queries arise. All clinical interventions should initially be performed under supervision, this will facilitate the learning and enable the student to develop competency. Work place supervisors need to complete documentation to provide evidence of the student’s learning.

    Online

    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 ultrasound guided shoulder injections, they will also be matched to the scanning images that will portray needle placement. 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’. This technology has been used successfully in other modules and has received positive feedback from students who appreciate the ability to match their own practice with that of an expert.

    Tutorials

    There are no timetabled tutorials, students are encouraged to e-mail the module leader for learning support if required.

    Skills

    Initially, students will be introduced to the theoretical considerations that underpin injection therapy and ultrasound guided interventions. There will be an emphasis on practical skill teaching, sessions will include principles of ultrasound guided injections so students are introduced to the skill of needle visualisation before moving onto regionally specific and pathology specific training.

    Learning outcomes

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

    • Integrate musculoskeletal ultrasound skills with injection therapy in the work place.
    • Understand the theoretical and scientific principles that underpin the integration of these modalities.
    • Critically evaluate and synthesise the current evidence base regarding the efficacy of ultrasound guided injection therapy.
    • Evaluate the role of ultrasound guided injections within their professional environment.

    Module outline

    A summary of the components is below, detailed instructions will be provided to the students and supported by Moodle. Please see Undergraduate/Postgraduate Handbook for further general information on guidance, support and rules of assessment.

    Assessment strategy

    Case Study: (Learning outcomes 2, 3 and 4.) Assessment weighting: 50% Word limit: 3000 words. Case study discussing the theoretical and professional issues that underpin the application of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections.

    Log – book , (learning outcome 1) Assessment weighting: 50% Log-book that presents 15 ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections in the work place. A standard reporting form will be used – this has been included below. This will document the details of the intervention, patient’s signs and symptoms, anatomical area, US scanning features indicative of pathology, injection medication dose and needle placement. A brief reflection on the procedure including challenges and unexpected considerations will be expected. Each intervention must be accompanied by annotated images of the area scanned and an additional image demonstrating needle placement. One of the logbook submissions will form the basis for an extended patient report (word limit 400 words). This extended patient report, (submitted as part of the log book) will present a specific work place practice quality assurance system that the student has engaged with e.g. local prescribing policies, pathway development for specific presentations and systems to evaluate practice.

    Module pre-requisites

    You may apply for the module, provided you have formal training in ultrasonography, this will have included musculoskeletal elements. Students must be employed in a professional environment that enables them to complete the work based practice elements.

    You will also need to have:

    • 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.
    • Current Registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body.
    • 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 to enable completion of assessment: including a mentor, legally prescribed medication and suitable ultrasound equipment.

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • SE713 Understanding and Managing Complex Musculoskeletal Conditions

    Module code: SE713
    Module credits: 15
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01206 873350, email sres@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Colchester campus
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    This module aims to explore the value and relationship between each component of a patient assessment and how appropriate timing and choices are made regarding assessment tools and treatment pathways utilised. The module is designed to enhance clinical competency and facilitate clinicians’ professional development.

    Learning and teaching methods

    Overview

    The module consists of five on-line teaching sessions with tasks throughout to demonstrate self-directed learning. The module leader will be available to answer queries via e-mail.

    Independent

    Students are expected to complete study independently.

    Placement

    Students will be registered with their appropriate professional body. They will be practicing clinicians within the field of musculoskeletal medicine.

    Learning outcomes

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

    • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of musculoskeletal pathologies.
    • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of musculoskeletal assessment and diagnostic skills in the management of complex musculoskeletal conditions.
    • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills to evaluate choice of assessment/diagnostic investigations and treatment choices.
    • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and application of the biopsychosocial approach to assessing and managing patients with complex musculoskeletal conditions.
    • Understand the requirement for application of evidence based practice, reflective practice and CPD.
    • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the role of the multidisciplinary team in managing this group of patients.
    • Demonstrate understanding of professional limitations and appropriate referral pathways.

    Module outline

    The module consists of five online tuition sessions prepared and facilitated by the module lead. The module content is entirely self-directed using Moodle.

    Assessment strategy

    Details of the assessment components and learning outcomes will be published on Moodle separately. A summary is provided below, there are two elements.

    • A reflective account which evaluates the tasks completed throughout the module (1000 words), weighting: 50%.
    • One case study (2000 words), weighting: 50%.

    Students are permitted to submit a maximum 500 word draft of part of their case study for formative feedback. This must be submitted using FASER. Please refer to the postgraduate handbook for more information on the requirements for seeking feedback. A formative feedback form must be completed and submitted with the draft.

    Submission via FASER. Feedback on all coursework will be available to students within four weeks of submission. Each assessment must be passed to a minimum of 50%. The final mark will be a combined mark of all the assessment components. A fail in any part will result in a fail overall. A failed component will need to be resubmitted and the mark will be capped at 50%. All components must be passed to obtain and overall pass for the module.

    Module pre-requisites

    • 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.
    • Current Registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body.
    • HCPC(UK), AHPRA or ASA(Australia) or equivalent registration e.g. in case of uk doctors (GMC) and Nurses (NMC).

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • SE714 Soft Tissue and Joint Injection Therapy

    Module code: SE714
    Module credits: 15
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01206 873350, email sres@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Southend Campus
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    This module aims to enable you, as an experienced practitioner in the field of musculoskeletal practice (general practitioner, physiotherapist and nurse), to extend your scope of practice to include the use of injection therapy. This module is designed to enable you to use injection therapy as part of your expanded musculoskeletal practice.

    Module tutors

    • Lead tutor: Billy Fashanu, consultant physiotherapist
    • Other tutors include a consultant rheumatologist and other injecting practitioners

    Learning outcomes

    By the end of this module you are expected to be able to:

    • demonstrate advanced knowledge of general musculoskeletal anatomy
    • demonstrate advance soft tissue assessment and diagnostic skills
    • be able to clinically reason and evaluate the need for intervention with injection therapy
    • understand and discuss the contraindications for injections
    • understand and discuss safety techniques involve in injection administration
    • be able to carry out safely injection and aspiration procedures in joints and soft tissues

    Module outline

    This module is supported by a dedicated, regularly updated, student-centred website (using Moodle) offering online assessment (mock and real) news, online case studies, resources, web links, tutor access, online help (24/7), course information and other relevant material.

    You are expected to have an identified mentor in your workplace that is able to support you with the development of the skills required for the soft tissue and joint injection therapy module.

    Assessment strategy

    Summative assessment consists of three components:

    • record of ten musculoskeletal cases injected under supervision. There is no weighting for this component, but it must be passed
    • evidence of reflective practice and clinical reasoning in logbook format (this is intended to reflect your experience and should document key issues that have been considered whilst developing injection therapy skills) – weighting: 60 per cent
    • one case study (the role of injection therapy for one patient) – weighting: 40 per cent

    Module pre-requisites

    • a relevant first degree; or
    • relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at M level
    • a minimum of three years post-registration experience
    • current registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body: HCPC or equivalent registration, e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and nurses (NMC)
    • current professional practice within an environment where musculoskeletal injection could be used
    • have an approved supervisor which should include a doctor and/or a qualified injection therapist/practitioner

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • SE715 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

    Module code: SE715
    Module credits: 15
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01206 873350, email sres@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Southend Campus
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    This module is recommended for you as an experienced physiotherapist, rheumatologist, specialist nurse, or general practitioner working in the area of musculoskeletal medicine, if you are keen to expand your knowledge and skills in order to manage patients with a range of musculoskeletal conditions beyond your current scope of practice.

    Ideally, you will have access to an ultrasound machine in the workplace but some advice can be provided with regard to short term loans of equipment. This module is available to you if you are working in musculoskeletal practice and are registered with an appropriate professional/regulatory body.

    Lead tutors for the module

    • Mark Maybury – extended scope practitioner, physiotherapist and sonographer
    • Professor Dasgupta – consultant rheumatologist

    Learning outcomes

    This module aims to develop the knowledge and skill required to competently use the application of ultrasound independently in the musculoskeletal field. By the end of this module you are expected to be able to:

    • demonstrate an effective examination of the main peripheral joints using ultrasound
    • critically evaluate the use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool with musculoskeletal pathologies
    • compare and contrast normal and pathological findings identified through the use of ultrasound
    • evaluate the role of ultrasound within your professional practice

    Module outline

    • Basic introduction to technology and scientific principles of ultrasound
    • Practical workshops exploring scanning techniques and procedures
    • Role of ultrasound in musculoskeletal assessment
    • Differentiation of normal and pathological musculoskeletal tissue
    • Role of ultrasound in rehabilitation as biofeedback tool
    • Professional issues relating to clinical use of application
    • Evidence exploring the role of ultrasound in musculoskeletal diagnosis and possible influence in management outcomes

    Assessment strategy

    100 per cent coursework mark. Which is a reflective portfolio evidencing application of ultrasound to work-based practice, professional issues, clinical reasoning, a scanning logbook and case study. The Reflective portfolio (excluding the scanning log book) is 3000 words.

    Scanning logbook should contain:

    • record of five scans undertaken during the taught sessions
    • record of 20 scans undertaken during the independent study/supervised practice time
    • you do not need a work-based supervisor to assess your scanning but colleague support is valuable when available

    Module pre-requisites

    You may apply for the module, provide you have:

    • arranged for a suitable funding source
    • meet the entry requirements specified below

    All entrants must meet the following requirements:

    • a relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at level seven
    • a minimum of one year post-registration experience
    • current registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body
    • HCPC or equivalent registration, e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and nurses (NMC)
    • access to a suitable ultrasound machine

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.

    Recommended reading prior to starting the module

    Indicative reading
    • Bradley M. and O'Donnell. 2009. Atlas of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Anatomy. 2nd Edition. Cambridge Medicine
    Websites

  • SE717 Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment

    Module code: SE717
    Module credits: 15
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01206 873350, email sres@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Southend campus. The module is delivered over three full day sessions. You are expected to attend all study days and are also required to attend a practical exam/viva.
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    This module is recommended for you, if you are an experienced physiotherapist, nurse, or general practitioner working in the area of musculoskeletal medicine and are keen to expand your knowledge and skills in order to manage patients with a range of musculoskeletal conditions beyond your normal scope of practice.

    It is designed to enable you to undertake an advanced assessment including the use of additional diagnostic tools such as radiographic imaging and laboratory investigations as part of your expanded musculoskeletal practice.

    Module tutors

    A variety of tutors contribute to this module including radiologists, consultant neurophysiologist, consultant rheumatologists and other specialists in their fields.

    Learning outcomes

    By the end of this module you would be expected to be able to:

    • demonstrate a skilled examination of the musculoskeletal system
    • critically evaluate the use of additional diagnostic tools within the assessment of patients with musculoskeletal pathologies
    • critically evaluate and use the available evidence base in relation to decision making within musculoskeletal assessment

    Module outline

    • Clinical assessment of musculoskeletal conditions – integration of information from a variety of sources
    • Use of laboratory and radiological investigations
    • Common and important uncommon musculoskeletal conditions

    Assessment strategy

    The assessment has been designed to allow you to explore areas of personal interest or clinical expertise:

    • 20-minute subjective presentation (40 per cent). You present a patient you have assessed. This case study is a vehicle to evidence a critical understanding of one component of the subjective examination
    • portfolio of evidence (60 per cent). This portfolio should total approximately 2000 words and be made up of a number of contributions. The portfolio should contain a compulsory case study (1500 words), a critical evaluation of the role of one component of the objective examination; as well as other components made available during the course

    Module pre-requisites

    You may apply for the module, provided you have:

    • a relevant first degree; or
    • relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at level seven
    • a minimum of one year post-registration experience
    • current registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body: HCPC or equivalent registration, e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and nurses (NMC)

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • SE718 Skill Extension for Musculoskeletal Injection Practitioners – Ultrasound Guidance

    Module code: SE718
    Module credits: 15
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01206 873350, email sres@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Southend campus. The module is delivered over one weekend. You are expected to attend both study days and are also required to submit your portfolio as directed.
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    This module would be appropriate for you as a health care practitioner who has had a basic introduction to musculoskeletal ultrasound. By "practitioner" you could be an experienced physiotherapist, rheumatologist or general practitioner with a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine, for example.

    This module aims to develop your knowledge, practical use and clinical application of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections. The potential clinical role of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections is evident as clinicians want to guarantee the site of injection and provide evidence of needle placement. The clinical application may vary between professionals but many experienced musculoskeletal professionals seek training in this practical skill.

    Module tutors

    This module is delivered over one weekend and is led by Sue Innes. Module material has been contributed by several professionals including:

    • Mark Maybury - extended scope practitioner, physiotherapist and sonographer
    • Gordon Lumsdon - extended scope practitioner, physiotherapist and sonographer
    • Dr S Perera - Consultant Radiologist, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    Learning and teaching methods

    Overview

    This module's delivery reflects the practical but varied nature of musculoskeletal ultrasound guided interventions. A significant proportion of the learning will take place in your work place so the clinical application of ultrasound guided injections can be explored. Learning in the work place ensures the reality of clinical scenarios and professional responsibilities are considered alongside technical issues.

    Lectures

    Lectures will present theoretical and professional issues and will include:

    • Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections - what is their role?
    • Technical considerations: Knobology, image optimisation and needle visualisation
    • Scope of practice and competency to carry out ultrasound (US) guided injections. Medico-legal and Health & Safety issues.
    Independent

    You will need to practice your scanning techniques independently and will need support in the work place to complete the module assessment.

    Placement

    There is no formal placement requirement but you will need to complete musculoskeletal interventions in the work place as part of your assessment. Whilst this is not formally supervised, all clinical interventions should initially be performed under supervision. Work place supervisors do not need to complete any documentation as the module's assessment process provides evidence of the intervention and learning process.

    Online

    The module teaching material will be available to all registered students via the universities intranet learning platform, Moodle.

    Tutorials

    There are no timetabled tutorials, you are encouraged to email the module leader for learning support if required.

    Skills

    There will be an emphasis in practical skill teaching, sessions will include principles of ultrasound guided injections so you are introduced to the skill of needle visualisation before moving onto regionally specific and pathology specific training.

    Learning outcomes

    By the end of this module you would be expected to be able to:

    • integrate musculoskeletal ultrasound skills with injection therapy in the work place
    • understand the theoretical and scientific principles that underpin the integration of these modalities
    • evaluate the current evidence base regarding the efficacy of ultrasound guided injection therapy
    • evaluate the role of ultrasound guided injections within their professional environment

    Module outline

    • Theoretical considerations relevant to musculoskeletal ultrasound guided interventions
    • Clinical governance and quality assurance issues
    • Practical scanning and injection protocol teaching and supervised practice
    • Evidence based application of ultrasound guided intervention to musculoskeletal presentations

    The module material will include theoretical considerations of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal interventions and discussions regarding their role in clinical practice. Professional issues will be discussed including the impact of these interventions on patient focused care and potential future developments. The practical elements will be taught with the assistance of phantoms to simulate clinical practice with time for supervised practice.

    Assessment strategy

    A case study discussing the theoretical and professional issues that underpin the application of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections (limit 2000 words - 50% weighting).

    Log-book that presents 5 ultrasound guided injections in the work place. This is a standard reporting form to document the details of the intervention, patient’s signs and symptoms, anatomical area, US scanning features indicative of pathology, injection medication dose and needle placement. A brief reflection on the procedure including challenges and unexpected considerations will be expected. Each intervention must be accompanied by annotated images of the area scanned and an additional image demonstrating needle placement. (50% weighting)

    Module pre-requisites

    You may apply for the module, provided you:

    • have formal training in ultrasonography, this will have included musculoskeletal elements and competency assessment
    • have prior experience of soft tissue and joint injection therapy
    • are employed in a professional environment that enables you to complete the work based practice elements

    PLUS, you have:

    • a relevant first degree; or
    • relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at level seven
    • a minimum of three years post-registration experience
    • current registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body: HCPC or equivalent registration, e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and nurses (NMC)

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • SE719 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Clinical Skills Experience - Scanning Record

    Module code: SE719
    Module credits: 0
    Module level: seven
    Module contact: telephone 01206 873350, email sres@essex.ac.uk
    Location: University of Essex, Southend campus.
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    The Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging pathway has been developed to provide students with access to high quality education in musculoskeletal ultrasound and to respond to the requirements of an external accreditation group – The Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE). A CASE accredited pathway must include evidence of several clinical components. Firstly as assessment of competency assessment, this is completed in the Postgraduate Certificate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging pathway. Secondly, students must provide evidence that they have continued musculoskeletal scanning, there is no requirement for competency to be evaluated again. This Clinical Skills Experience – Scanning Record provides evidence of students’ ongoing engagement with the modality.

    The scanning record requirement is a component of the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging. Students who have completed the components of the Postgraduate Certificate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging will have passed summative assessments confirming clinical competency. Whilst enrolled on the component modules of the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc, students must be able to demonstrate they are continuing to scan and are therefore maintaining their clinical skills.

    Learning and teaching methods

    The submitted scanning record will provide evidence of ongoing engagement with clinical musculoskeletal ultrasound scanning. Clinical competency was assessed in the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Professional Practice module, these clinical skills should be maintained whilst you progress through the requirements of your pathway.

    Students should document scanning and it is advised that all scans are recorded, (copy the record of learning table as required).

    The ‘Notes and critical incidents’ column should include brief significant details e.g.:

    • clinical question / reason for scan
    • anatomical area scanned
    • specific technical issues
    • imaging findings – establishing relevance
    • role of scan in patient’s pathway

    The scanning record requirements per patient should not be time consuming, it is intended that they reflect your scanning experience and provide a form of evidence. The entries into each column should be concise; note form or bullet points are acceptable. The scanning record does not have to be supported by evidence that requires referencing.

    Logbook records of scanning practice are required for the entire duration of each student’s registration period and will need to be submitted each academic year, (starting 12 months after completion of the Postgraduate Certificate). It is not possible to state a number of hours of scanning or a number of patients that are required for a student to demonstrate they have engaged with musculoskeletal ultrasound clinically but CASE have stipulated that 300 scans each year must be completed each year to prevent skill fade. The logbook must therefore include a minimum of 300 scans.

    Learning outcomes

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

    1. demonstrate evidence of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging to maintain previously assessed clinical skills.

    Assessment strategy

    Scanning logbook.

    Module pre-requisites

    • Completion of the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging.
    • Registration on any module that is a component of Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging.

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • HS637 Practice certificate in independent and supplementary prescribing for physiotherapists/podiatrists

    This module is taught by our School of Health and Social Care.

  • HS900 Research Design and Critical Appraisal

    This module is taught by our School of Health and Social Care.

  • HS908 Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation

    This module is taught by our School of Health and Social Care.

  • SE731 Work Based Learning

    Module code: SE719
    Module credits: 30
    Module contact: telephone 01206 873350, email sres@essex.ac.uk
    Location: As this module is primarily self-directed it can be commenced within any term of the year. Individual deadlines for the assessment will be negotiated between the academic supervisor and student. On receipt of your application an academic supervisor will be allocated who will discuss further the structure, support and resources available to you during this course.
    Dates: a full list of dates can be found on the module calendar (.pdf)

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    Aim

    Work-based learning offers both a means of linking theory to practice and of valuing practice, as an integral part of professional education. The principle behind work-based learning is that you are given an opportunity to explore aspects of your work for your own personal development and that of the organisation/service in which you work.

    This module places control over the learning process in your hands - you negotiate your own learning contract with your academic and practice supervisors. This will set out and structure what you want to learn, what action you will take to achieve it, and what evidence will demonstrate that achievement.

    It is expected that on this course you will directly apply the knowledge and skills gained to your professional work through development of a service improvement project and specific, individualised activities to enhance your professional practice.

    Learning outcomes

    Work-based learning will enable you to:

    1. tailor learning to you and your workplace’s needs
    2. identify and reinforce existing knowledge and experience
    3. gain academic credit for existing knowledge and skills
    4. develop research skills in designing, delivering and disseminating work related projects
    5. improve personal effectiveness through reflection

    The learning outcomes for this module will be negotiated individually with you. You will be advised to identify a practice-based supervisor to provide support and coaching via a learning contract. The learning contract and associated projects will be negotiated at the beginning of the module between you, the academic supervisor and the practice-based supervisor.

    Module outline

    Resources to support learning in relation to this module and the assessment tasks will be available to you via ‘Moodle’- our online learning environment. This includes our suite of 'Service Improvement' videos and tools.

    Assessment strategy

    See above.

    Module pre-requisites

    You are advised to speak with the module leader before deciding which work-based learning module option to take.

    You may apply for the module provided you have all of the following:

    • arranged for a suitable funding source
    • current practice within a health or social care setting
    • access to a supervisor in practice

    Funding

    In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

    How to apply

    Once you have secured funding, please fill in our module application form (.pdf). After you have completed the application form, and had it signed off by your manager and your education liaison manager, please forward it to cpd@essex.ac.uk.


  • HS927 Statistical Analysis

    This module is taught by our School of Health and Social Care.

  • HS945 Postgraduate Research Methods

    This module is taught by our School of Health and Social Care.

  • HS982 Dissertation

    This module is taught by our School of Health and Social Care.