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 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.
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.
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.
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.