Scottish rheumatology sonography course: five-year experience of delivering a mentorship-model rheumatology ultrasound training programme accredited by the consortium for the accreditation of sonographic education

Anna Ciechomska*, Neil D. McKay, Lisa Newcombe, Mhairi Brandon, Hazem Youssef, Philip Platt, James Dale, Diane Dickson

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Abstract

Background and aims
Ultrasound training for rheumatology practice in the UK is variable. Currently, there is no agreed minimum standard for training in ultrasound applied to rheumatology patient management. We present our experiences of implementing a competency driven ultrasound training, focused on hands and feet.

Methods and results
The Rheumatology Sonography Course (RSC) was developed by the Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University. The RSC is delivered via a blended learning approach and includes training workshops, mentorship and clinical competency assessments. Mentors are supported and developed within their role. 31 trainees have enrolled on the course between 2014 and 2019. To date, 22 (71%) have completed. Change of job role was the main factor leading to non-completion. Thirteen mentors have supported the training and assessment of RSC trainees. All trainees reported positively that ultrasound training via the RSC model fulfilled their learning needs.

Conclusion
The RSC is a feasible ultrasound training model for rheumatology practitioners. Whilst it provides a robust training framework, mentorship fees and university overheads increase the cost. The RSC provides motivation to mentors to train external trainees and supports the development of new ultrasound-based rheumatology services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-57
Number of pages7
JournalScottish Medical Journal
Volume66
Issue number2
Early online date21 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021

Keywords

  • education
  • rheumatology
  • mentorship
  • CASE
  • ultrasound

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