Clearing 2021
Continuing Professional Development

Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound


The details
Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
15 credits
Level 7
22 January 2022
Colchester Campus

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.

This module is available to you if you are working in musculoskeletal practice and are registered with an appropriate professional/regulatory body.

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.

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

Our expert staff

Lead tutors for the module:

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

Entry Requirements

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.


Module Outline

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

  • 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

Recommended reading

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

Assessment strategy

100 per cent coursework mark. This 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.

Fees and funding

Information about our individual module fees can be downloaded here (.PDF). If you have any questions about the module fees please email In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

What's next

To apply for an individual module please complete the module application form (.docx) and email to for the attention of Hayley Milburn.

Get in touch

If you have any queries about our SRES CPD modules please email our MSK team