Foundation Skills for use of Ultrasound in Pelvic Health for Physiotherapists

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Wed 04 Sep - Wed 25 Sep 2024
Wed 03 Sep - Wed 24 Sep 2025

CPD: 16 Hrs

Course Objectives

  • To gain understanding of physics and controls of ultrasound
  • To learn how to optimise an ultrasound image
  • To gain probe skills necessary to use ultrasound to identify anatomy of the male and female pelvis
  • To develop pattern recognition to identify normal anatomy
  • To learn techniques for assessment of muscles during dynamic movement

What's Included?

  • Each delegate has their own POD box for duration of course. This contains a Sonon 300C ultrasound transducer, tablet and gel phantom. Ultrasound gel and wipes are also included.
  • 4 x weekly 2hr live teaching sessions with lectures, demonstrations and interactive guided scanning practice.
  • Weekly homework assignment with feedback to guide practice.
  • CPD certificate upon completion.

This course is aimed at physiotherapists and other AHPS's with a special interest in male and female pelvic health. This course is designed to provide the practitioner with the essential probe handling and image orientation skills required to begin learning to use ultrasound imaging of the pelvis.

The course is a home-based programme of practical instruction that is facilitated by provision of an ultrasound scanner to each delegate. This series of remotely delivered interactive video conference sessions with accompanying practice exercises has been specifically designed to develop applied anatomical knowledge, muscle identification, probe handling and orientation confidence in a progressive manner through repetition.

The course is conducted over 4 weeks.

All delegates are sent an Orca POD Toolbox containing a wireless handheld ultrasound scanner, tablet, gel phantom, gel and wipes provided for the duration of the course. The POD Toolbox incorporates all the elements necessary to enable the progressive acquisition of knowledge and skills through home-based practice. The teaching programme is delivered by a combination of interactive lectures and practice exercises that will equip delegates with the essential cognitive skills necessary to begin incorporating ultrasound imaging guidance into their daily clinical management.

There is an assignment at the end of each session which helps the delegates to revise the concepts learnt during each session and to provide a framework for practising those skills.

Lucia Berry

Lucia Berry

Clinical Lead Pelvic Health Physiotherapist / Physiotherapy Lecturer

Lucia Berry's teaching interests are in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy and Healthcare Leadership.  Lucia has worked across 4  different London NHS trusts in both Pelvic Health Physiotherapy roles and management roles, including Guys and St Thomas, Chelsea and Westminster, Imperial and Royal Free NHS trust.  Lucia is an advocate for interprofessional education, and collaborative team-based learning.

Qualifications: BSc Hons Physiotherapy, PGcert Continence for Therapists, MSc Healthcare Leadership.

Jane Dixon

Jane Dixon


Experienced Independent Consultant Pelvic Health Physiotherapist with a demonstrated history of advanced clinical and educational practice in the service delivery of pelvic health physiotherapy. Over my extensive career I have served on the Council of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, helping to map the future of the profession. Having qualified in the early 1970s with a Graduate Diploma of Physiotherapy from The University of Manchester I have worked in both the NHS and private sector. In 2012 I was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for my services to pelvic health and the profession. Since 2004 I have been teaching real-time ultrasound scanning of the pelvic floor complex to practitioners wishing to extend their scope of practice, enabling them to assess and analyse pelvic floor function and dysfunction. Currently I am a trustee of Pelvic Obstetric Gynaecological Physiotherapy, a professional network for specialist physiotherapists, and am the chair of their Education Subcommittee.

Grainne Donnelly

Grainne Donnelly


My name is Gráinne Donnelly and I am an Advanced Physiotherapist in pelvic health based in N. Ireland, UK. I am passionate about developing the research base for pelvic health and its subsequent application to clinical practice. My research interests include perinatal exercise, diastasis rectus abdominis and ultrasound imaging in pelvic health and I am moving closer to academia through my research endeavours. I offer education and training to physiotherapists and other health and fitness professionals and I deliver pelvic health clinics to the public from my practice in N. Ireland.

Week 1: Principles of Ultrasound

Topic Speaker/Presenter
Course rationale
Basic Physics of Ultrasound
Ultrasound Controls
Probe handling and orientation
Interactive practice session scanning gel
Q & A
Course Leads

Week 2: Trans-abdominal approach

Topic Speaker/Presenter
Review of assignment 1
Normal male and female anatomy and appearance on ultrasound
Image planes and orientation
Image optimisation
Limitations and pitfalls
Bladder scanning and volume measurement
Course Leads

Week 3: Trans-perineal approach

Topic Speaker/Presenter
Review of assignment 2
Anatomy, scan planes and corresponding images
Angle of approach
Pelvic tilt
Image optimisation
Considerations for trans-perineal approach
Course Leads

Week 4: Dynamic scanning

Topic Speaker/Presenter
Review of assignment 3
Scanning during dynamic pelvic floor movement
Patent positioning
Pelvic floor contraction
Review of course
Q & A
Course Leads

How do I know whether a course is suitable for me?

The programme for each course is formulated by the course director and a description of the content and intended learning objectives is provided.

Who are the course directors?

The biographies for the Course directors of each course are provided so that you can see their experience.

Does this course qualify me to perform ultrasound guided injections in my workplace?

In order to perform image guided injections in your workplace you must conform to your local guidelines and competency requirements.

Do I need to have scanned before in order to attend a course?

Our Foundation courses are specifically designed for people who have no previous scanning experience.

What about if I want to keep my SONON at the end of the course?

There are options available to buy, rent or lease these and other ultrasound products that we sell. If you are interested please inform a member of our training staff or email us at

How will I receive my Orca POD?

When you have registered you'll be asked to fill out a form which gives us your preferred delivery details. Your Orca POD will be shipped to you via DHL Express. You get to keep and use the Orca POD for the entire duration of the course and we'll arrange the collection after the last session/assessment.

How will I be able to operate the SONON Ultrasound on my own?

We provide pre-course technical support to help you from the time you receive your Orca POD. Our team is available for one-on-one meetings before and between sessions to support you.

What if I cannot make one of the sessions?

When someone is unable to attend a session a colleague can attend in their place.

What's included in the price?

The Course Fee includes the rental of the equipment for the entire duration of the course as well as the tutor's fee, shipping, CPD points and certificate.

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Price: £799.00

Week 1: Wednesday 04 September 2024
Week 2: Wednesday 11 September 2024
Week 3: Wednesday 18 September 2024
Week 4: Wednesday 25 September 2024

Note: Bookings close on Tuesday 03 September 2024

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