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HLTH6186 Work-based Training Adult Echocardiography 1

Module Overview

This module is designed to offer you a flexible and practice-based approach to learning adult transthoracic echocardiography; it will enable you to gain academic credit for knowledge and skills acquired and developed in your workplace. This practice based complements the adult echocardiography module. This module will provide you with work-based experience in the treatment and management of cardiac patients. You will build upon your prior work-based experience, integrate and apply theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in the academic module and utilise transferable cognitive, affective and practical skills. You will have the opportunity for personal and professional development as part of a master’s programme or as continuing professional development.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Critically review and evaluate department protocols in relation to the adult transthoracic echocardiography service including health and safety and quality assurance.
  • Understands the role of echocardiography in improving health outcomes for patients.
  • Understand the underpinning principles of routine cardiac investigations integrating knowledge of basic and clinical science.
  • Critically review the rationale for referral.
  • Understands the signal processing and instrumentation of the imaging system to optimise images.
  • Engage with research activity by evaluating research outcomes in cardiac physiology and judiciously applying them to professional practice.
  • Adopt systematic approaches to the analysis, evaluation and synthesis of published research evidence and demonstrate an ability to draw reasoned conclusions concerning its’ significance to clinical practice.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased knowledge, understanding and confidence in application in clinical practice, communication skills, self-management and quality assurance.
  • Demonstrate competence for performing an adult transthoracic echocardiography including: - Transducer selection - Optimising images - Obtaining and evaluating image planes - Accessing and optimising different ultrasound modalities
  • Demonstrate competence in obtaining echocardiographic images related to the following pathologies: - Valvular heart disease - Cardiomyopathies - Pericardial disease - Coronary heart disease - Common congenital defects
  • Critically apply the scientific principles covered in the academic module within your own practice.
  • Make the appropriate choice of equipment for the procedure.
  • Optimise the equipment to produce the highest quality results.
  • Perform patient investigations in a safe manner whilst undertaking appropriate infection control techniques.
  • Undertake and document measurements and produce of a factual echocardiography report.


There is no taught content within the module as it is designed to offer you a flexible contextualised learning opportunity, embedded within your clinical environment. You will integration your knowledge, develop your skills and attitudes specific to your specialty, building on your previous experience. The components reflect the four sections of practice - safety, interpersonal, clinical and management skills as defined in the practice placement assessment criteria. A detailed indicative content is contained in the Practice Placement Education Student Handbook.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning will be facilitated by work-based accredited echocardiographers. A variety of teaching and learning methods may include the following: • Demonstration by a recognised clinical educator in the workplace • Supervised patient contact using mentorship • Staff and student led presentations • Case presentations • Ward rounds • Attendance at clinics and opportunities to observe specialist treatments such as surgical interventions • Departmental in-service programmes • Peer support in the university and practice-based setting. • Support from practice educators and university tutors. • E-learning resources: Blackboard site • Learning resources in workplace area.

Independent Study250
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Feigenbaum, H. (2004). Echocardiography. 

Dains,J., Ciofu L , Scheibel,P. (2011). Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care. 

Brauwald, E. (2014). A Textbook of Heart Disease. 

Kumar,P. and Clark,M. (2012). Clinical Medicine. 

Campbell J (2009). Campbell’s Physiology Notes. 

Anderson, B. (2007). Echocardiography: The normal examination and echocardiographic measurements. 

Bickley, L. (2012). Bates Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking. 

Otto, CM, (2013). Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography. 

Brown, Hilary (1997). Physiology and Pharmacology of the Heart. 

Llewelyn, H., Ang,H., Lewis,K. and Al-Abdullah,A. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Clinical Diagnosis, Oxford. 

Rimmington, H, Chambers, J. (2013). Echocardiography: A Practical Guide to Reporting. 

Katz, D. (2001). Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence Based Medicine. Fundamental principles of clinical reasoning and research. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Portfolio 50%
Practice Based Clinical Assessment 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Cost for student providing their own folder.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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