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Obstetric Ultrasound

Key information

Course Leader: Naomi Brown

Level: 7

Credits: 30

Mode of delivery: Taught on Campus

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 40

Dates

  • 01/10/2024

Fees and Funding

£1950.00

The price quoted above is per 30 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU Overseas/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. Please note that some modules within this programme are charged at a premium rate and details can be found at the link above. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Gov.uk Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements

A suitable NHS clinical placement 

Ultrasound Image production and optimisation and Principles of Ultrasound reporting must be passed before the practical skills assessment is attempted. Prohibited: Early pregnancy 

Course Overview

Delivery of the module will embody the Herts learning principles. You should be available to attend all days as advertised. 

This course is designed for health care professionals particularly radiographers, midwives and nurses who wish to develop the necessary clinical and evaluative skills for the competent performance and accurate reporting of obstetric ultrasound examinations. The course is taken in combination with Ultrasound Image Production & Optimisation and Principles of Ultrasound Reporting in order to achieve an ultrasound qualification. It may only be studied as a standalone course by qualified sonographers who have not previously studied Obstetric ultrasound. 

This module forms part of a medical ultrasound programme which is accredited by Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) 

Course aims 

This course aims to enable students to develop the necessary clinical and evaluative skills for the competent performance and accurate reporting of obstetric ultrasound examinations. 

Course Notes

The course is facilitated by University staff and external lecturers. Delivery of the course incorporates blended learning which aims to combine practical, simulation and classroom-based learning.

Content 

On completion of the module students will typically: 

  • Be able to demonstrate a depth of knowledge and critical understanding of normal and abnormal pregnancy from conception to birth including maternal complications and common fetal developmental anomalies that may arise during pregnancy.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable for ultrasound investigation of normal and abnormal pregnancy from conception to birth including maternal complications and common fetal developmental anomalies that may arise during pregnancy.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness in synthesising clinical information and evaluative skills for the competent performance of ultrasound examinations of the pregnant uterus and related abdominal and pelvic structures.
  • Demonstrate a range of advanced communication and decision-making skills and engage confidently in academic and professional communication appropriate to their professional practice.
  • Demonstrate technical expertise in competently performing obstetric ultrasound examinations with precision and effectiveness. 

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding 
Successful students will typically...
 

  • 1. Demonstrate a depth of knowledge and critical understanding of normal and abnormal pregnancy from conception to birth including maternal complications and common fetal developmental anomalies that may arise during pregnancy. 

  • 2. Have a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable for ultrasound investigation of normal and abnormal pregnancy from conception to birth including maternal complications and common fetal developmental anomalies that may arise during pregnancy. 

Learning Outcomes: Skills and Attributes 

Successful students will typically... 

  • 1. Demonstrate critical awareness in synthesising clinical information and evaluative skills for the competent performance of ultrasound examinations of the pregnant uterus and related abdominal and pelvic structures. 

  • 2. Demonstrate a range of advanced communication and decision-making skills and engage confidently in academic and professional communication appropriate to their professional practice. 

  • 3. Demonstrate technical expertise in competently performing obstetric ultrasound examinations with precision and effectiveness. 

 

Assessment

The assessment is a combination of an evaluation of patient pathway, a 2 hour in class test, completion of a portfolio and a practical skills assessment comprising a session of 3 patients. The practical skills assessment is undertaken in your own department and marked by university staff and your clinical supervisors. A clinical placement in ultrasound is a requirement for the module. 

Coursework 1, 40% 

2000 word evaluation of a patient pathway (1) 

Practical, 60% 

2 hour in class test 

Coursework 1 and the Practical must be passed before the Practical Pass/Fail can be attempted. 

Practical (Pass/Fail) 

Practical skills assessment - Comprising a session of 3 patients. Once from each trimester of pregnancy 

The portfolio is a compulsory gateway to the practical skills assessment. 

 

All individual elements of assessment must be passed. 

Downloads

Ultrasound Form