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Ultrasound Guided Injection Therapy

Course code

PH5646

Start date

May

August

June

Subject area

Advanced Clinical Practice

Mode of study

4 months part-time

Fees

2021-22

UK / EU £870 (part-time)

International £1,605 (part-time)

Entry requirements

Degree in a relevant health profession with at least one year of clinical work experience

2021/22 changes

Click here to read about how your course will be delivered and supported from September 2021.

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Overview

Ultrasound guided injection therapy is a rapidly developing skill that is becoming the standard for performing peripheral musculoskeletal injection techniques. There are very few training opportunities to develop these skills and achieve a competency certificate. Brunel are pleased to offer this module in partnership with The Ultrasound Site.

Whether working within the NHS, private practice or elite sports, if you'd like to add the skills of ultrasound guided injection therapy to your already established musculoskeletal assessment and treatment skills, the ultrasound guided injection therapy module is for you. You'll be taught by full-time clinicians working in the NHS and private sectors, in both point of care and radiology roles with a vast experience of performing these peripheral musculoskeletal techniques to a range of intra-articular and peri-articular structures over many years. This course does not cover nerve blocks or spinal procedures.

You will learn the core skill of performing common peripheral musculoskeletal ultrasound guided injection techniques, including the skills to visualise the needle and guide it accurately towards a specific structure.

Course dates 2021/22

  • 7/8 May 
  • 15 June
  • 10 August

Please note we’re not ready to take applications for this course just yet, but we should be very soon. In the meantime, if you’ve got any questions, please contact us with using the ‘Enquire now’ button on this page.

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Course content

Dynamic practical lectures will be delivered over two days covering needle visualisation and the performance of core techniques of the upper and lower limb. A further contact session will be scheduled to monitor student progress during their situated learning experience, and this will be delivered remotely. A further examination day will be set for a practical OSCE examination and the final submission of a logbook of supervised injection techniques.

An agreed mentor must be arranged prior to starting the course to supervise the performance of 20 ultrasound guided injections.

The clinical mentor must meet the following criteria

  • Allied health professional who holds a CASE accredited / PG Cert in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and has been performing ultrasound guided injection techniques for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Musculoskeletal Radiologist with two years experience of using Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and guided injections.

This course can be studied 4 months part-time, starting in May. Or this course can be studied 4 months part-time, starting in August. Or this course can be studied 4 months part-time, starting in June.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

On successful completion of this course, you'll be able to demonstrate a competency based award in musculoskeletal ultrasound guided injection techniques to employers. This will enable you to work autonomously and perform these techniques

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UK entry requirements


When applying to this programme you should provide us with a comprehensive personal statement, CV and at least one reference from an appropriately qualified professional or your proposed mentor that comments on your suitability for this course. Your full application should demonstrate that you:

  • Hold PG Cert MSK Ultrasound or have a minimum 2 years evidenced musculoskeletal ultrasound experience and training.
  • Demonstrate evidence of successful completion of previous training in injection therapy which included basic pharmacology and clinical reasoning.
  • Demonstrate evidence of regular use of injection therapy and musculoskeletal ultrasound use within professional practice.
  • Satisfactory reference to support experience and skills in MSK ultrasound practice and training
  • Parent profession as a medical or allied health professional should allow for ultrasound and injections within its professional practice. Below is a list of professions we expect to apply for the course (though this is by no means exhaustive):

 GMC registered individuals, including but not exclusively:

  • General practitioner
  • Rheumatologist
  • Orthopaedics
  • Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • Neurologist
  • Anaesthetist
  • Emergency medicine

HCPC registered individuals, including but not exclusively:

  • Physiotherapist
  • Paramedic
  • Nurse
  • Orthotist
  • Physician Associate
  • Be practising in a role, or imminently looking to move into a role, in which the use of injection-therapy skills have been identified as an integral component of practice. Where a member is employed, the formal support and engagement of the employer is recommended.
  • Be able to access the relevant medicines through a setting-appropriate lawful medicines framework in order to offer injection-therapy.

In addition, we require that you provide us with the following information in your application:

  • Your HCPC or GMC registration number – this information should be detailed at the top of your personal statement.
  • The details of a mentor and/or supervisor who you have formally identified and entered an agreement with for the situational learning elements of the module – this information should be detailed at the top of your personal statement.
  • A supportive reference from an appropriately qualified professional

Whilst an interview is not required for this programme, to ascertain your suitability for the programme our departmental assessment team may request further information from you. This will be for the purposes of understanding your skills and experience in the assessment and diagnosis of the clinical conditions (generally neurological and/or musculoskeletal) that would benefit from injection-therapy, and to identify the benefit to patients/ service users in offering injection-therapy skills.

The deadline to apply for this programme is the 10th of April 2022. Applications received after this date may not be considered.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 68% (63% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 98 (min 23 in all areas) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2021-22 entry

UK

£870 part-time

International

£1,605 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2022/23 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

Our academics are specialists in musculoskeletal ultrasound and guided injection therapy with extensive clinical experience. All of our team remain in clinical practice and currently work in hospitals and other clinical settings, so they'll be teaching you up-to-date scientific knowledge and musculoskeletal ultrasound skills and injection techniques.

Our lecturers are also active in research and often contribute to the development of professional guidelines, so you know you’re being taught by practising clinicians with a high profile in the sector.

Our teaching approaches are diverse and you’ll benefit from lectures, tutorials, practical sessions (small groups), study guides and our computer-based learning packages.

By studying your postgraduate degree with us you will be taught the most up-to-date clinical methods in a fast-moving field. Our team will teach you cutting-edge research through practical experience.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

The ultrasound guided injection therapy module will be assessed via:

  • OSCE and VIVA examination
  • Submission of a portfolio of 20 ultrasound guided injection techniques with a mentor competency agreement.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.