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Training to scan: a national trainers ultrasound training survey
  1. C G Iruloh1,
  2. D O Anumba1,2
  1. 1Jessop Wing, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK


Background Ultrasound imaging is central to service provision in obstetrics and gynaecology and vital for all subspecialty training. A modular (5 modules) ultrasound training scheme was introduced to provide trainees with the required skills to deliver this service. To co-ordinate and deliver this training a network of deanery ultrasound co-ordinators, local ultrasound educational supervisors and local ultrasound educational trainers was established.

Aim We sought to explore the delivery of modular ultrasound training from the perspective of trainers in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Method An email request was sent to all trainers via deanery ultrasound co-ordinators in all the deaneries in Great Britain to partake in an online survey.

Result There were 21 respondents from 12 of the 19 deaneries. 58% were deanery co-ordinators, 74% were obstetricians and/or gynaecologists and 63% have been trainers for 1–3 years. Most provided training for both basic and intermediate modules. 85% of ultrasound supervisors had three or four trainers and 67% had four trainees in their unit. Half of all respondents believed that the modular training has improved ultrasound training. But 65% had no allocated time for training and most felt that this was a major obstacle to achieving the aims of modular training.

Conclusion There was an identified need for ultrasound trainers to have specific training sessions allocated for modular ultrasound training.

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