After logging into your RCEM Learning account, complete all 8 Ultrasound eLearning modules under the curriculum tab. These are
This is a great book from RCEM website on all of the Level ONE scans.
It has details of the POCUS Curriculum,
OSCE sheets used for triggered assessments of the 4 required scans and the Final Sign off sheet.
FRCEM Final SAQ exam will have about 3 questions on POCUS (about 10 marks of the 180). Use this book to read up.
Enter "Level ONE ultrasound course in U.K." into your internet search engine and pick your preferred course. These usually run over 1-2 days. There are lectures on basics of ultrasound, knobology, FAST, AAA, Vascular access, echo in life support & governance followed by hands on training with tutors. You will be given a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.
ALL SCANS DONE IN THE EXPERIENCE PHASE MUST BE SUPERVISED !!
If you would like to keep a log of your scans on paper - you might find this template of use. Each page has 4 sections.
Print out about 10 copies of this (front & back is good). That makes 40 sections (10 scans each for AAA, FAST, echo and IV access)
Keep these pages inside clear plastic pockets in a ring folder for easy access.
It would be a good idea to also have printed copies of the 4 triggered assessments in your ring folder. Refer to these before performing each scan, so you will know it well by your tenth!
If you would rather not have a paper portfolio you could use your NHS e-portfolio account to keep a record of your scans, send tickets as DOPS to the person who supervised your scans.
You could just use the NHS E-portfolio!
If you prefer writing on paper/word document please use the following checklist.
A Level ONE or Level TWO independent practitioner can supervise, teach and sign your log book. We have many consultants & registrars who would be happy to do this for you!
50% of your log-book can be practice scans! So come along to one of our monthly HOT-POCUS sessions. We can do just the scans you need! You will be given feedback on each scan you perform - correcting your technique, tips to acquire and optimize your scans. All scans performed can be logged and signed off on the day.
Triggering an assessment means you are ready to take the OSCE for a Level ONE scan!
Are you ready with the following?
Additional (optional) evidence of webinars, podcasts, videos, blogs, research, attendance at conferences lectures or workshops may be submitted.
*COVID Pandemic update*
Please contact Priyadarshini.Marathe@ouh.nhs.uk if you feel you are ready for an assessment.
This will consist of a review of all evidence of learning and log book followed by an OSCE style assessment of your scanning technique.
All 4 ultrasound scans need a completed and successful triggered assessment before you can have the Final sign off.