Essential Echocardiography - 15 credit points

Essential Echocardiography is designed as a bridging module to the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) accreditation, a post-registration professional qualification. Practitioners will develop the underpinning knowledge and skills to begin workplace training in preparation for the accreditation needed for autonomous practice.

Who is the module aimed at?

The module is intended for cardiac physiologists, junior doctors, GPs or nurses who are new to cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography). Applicants should note that BSE accreditation is an independent qualification examined by an external professional group not linked to the university. Completion of this module supports learning for echocardiography training but is not a guarantee of successful accreditation.

The module can be taken as a stand-alone CPD course or as an optional module for other post-graduate qualifications within the catalogue (subject to agreement). 

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  1. Defend the rationale for echocardiography in diagnosing common cardiac pathologies
  2. Perform and record a standard echocardiogram on a simulator (where the pathology is not known to the student)
  3. Optimise images, recognize artifact and identify a non-diagnostic study
  4. Critically analyse echocardiographic images and measurements to draw conclusions about the nature and severity of common cardiac pathology

Venue: Singleton Park Campus 

Lecturer: Dr Emma Rees