Cumbria ultrasound academy leaders aim to answer skills shortage

Following new NHS funding, University of Cumbria is planning an innovative way of training sonographers to ensure they are better prepared for clinical placement and to increase NHS capacity to train them.

The university has secured a grant of nearly £400k to establish a new ultrasound academy centred on the university and working in partnership with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The grant will be used to create two dedicated training rooms located in both trusts that will house state-of-the-art ultrasound scanners. The university’s existing simulation lab will also be enhanced to offer students simulation experience.

Picture: A radiography simulation lab is to be upgraded.

See the full report on page 6 of the April 2020 issue of RAD Magazine.

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