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Delivery of ultrasound training

This page provides information for trainees on how ultrasound training is delivered. Information for trainers is available in the trainers’ resources section of the site.

There’s no need to register with the RCOG for ultrasound training and no fee, as ultrasound training is delivered via deaneries. However, the RCOG has set up a support network to ensure the ultrasound training programme is delivered effectively.

Support network for ultrasound training

RCOG Ultrasound Officer

The RCOG Ultrasound Officer coordinates the UK ultrasound training programme and develops the ultrasound curriculum. To ensure the training is relevant and deliverable, the RCOG Ultrasound Officer links with representatives from the following organisations:

The RCOG Ultrasound Officer also links with a trainee representative, who provides the trainee perspective on the ultrasound training programme.

Deanery Ultrasound Coordinators

At a Deanery level, ultrasound training is coordinated by the Specialist Training Committee or School, who appoint a Deanery Ultrasound Coordinator. To find out who’s responsible in your area, see the list of Deanery Ultrasound Coordinators.

Deanery Ultrasound Coordinators:

  • Support the local Ultrasound Educational Supervisors and ultrasound trainers to ensure delivery of good quality training
  • Work closely with Heads of School and Training Programme Directors to ensure there are enough training slots at both basic and intermediate level
  • Ensure access to the theoretical course, either locally or at the RCOG
  • Allocate intermediate ultrasound training places
  • Authorise completion of intermediate ultrasound training

For more information about the Deanery Ultrasound Coordinator role, please read the Deanery Ultrasound Coordinator job description.

Local Ultrasound Educational Supervisors

Within trusts, training is managed by a nominated local Ultrasound Educational Supervisor, who:

  • Coordinates delivery of ultrasound training in a unit
  • Identifies and supports trainers to ensure good quality training is delivered
  • Allocates training slots as appropriate

The local Ultrasound Educational Supervisor can be a sonographer, radiologist, radiographer or obstetrician/gynaecologist. For more information about this role, please read the Ultrasound Educational Supervisor job description.

Ultrasound trainers

Ultrasound training is delivered by many different professional groups, such as sonographers, radiologists, midwives, nurses, obstetricians and gynaecologists.

Your trainers are responsible for ensuring you have access to good, quality ultrasound equipment and machines.

Find out more

If you need any help or advice, please read the ultrasound training FAQs, email the Trainees' Coordinator or call +44 20 7772 6348.

Elsewhere on the site

Assessment of training
Information about sign-off of competencies, workplace-based assessments, ARCPs and more
Ultrasound training resources
Useful resources to help support your ultrasound training