Ayr Thoracic Ultrasound Course for Clinicians

Event details

  • Date: 08 December 2023
  • Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Address: University Hospital Ayr, Scotland, KA6 6DX

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Friday 8th December 2023

Course overview:

Clinicians with the skills to perform real-time, bedside Thoracic Ultrasound can ensure patient safety and correct clinical decision making, when managing patients with pleural diseases.  In most hospitals, these tests continue to be performed in the radiology departments, where time and resource constraints often lead to delays, with resultant cost and safety implications.

This hands-on practical course offers the delegates the requisite initial training and preparation towards acquiring Basic (Level 1) competency in Thoracic Ultrasound skills, as per the guidelines of the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR).  

We will guide you through your training requirements to be an independent chest ultrasound practitioner  as per the new British Thoracic Society (BTS) chest ultrasound training standards.   You will learn to differentiate between the specifications of the RCR guidelines and the BTS training standards.

This course is designed for all clinicians who aspire to provide safe and timely care for patients with pleural diseases.

This course was the first course of its kind in the UK, when it was set-up in 2005, in Middlesbrough.  Since then, the course organiser, Dr Anur Guhan and his faculty have run 31 courses, training more than 720 delegates from across the UK and abroad over a period of 15 years, until the onset of COVID forced a pause in 2020.

Since March 2013, the course has run twice a year from the University Hospital Ayr, with delegates coming from all over the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Middle East.   The December 2023 course would be the 15th Ayr Thoracic Ultrasound course, coming back after a 3 ½ year hiatus.

The course has previously been nominated for the finals of the National Training Awards 2010, under the auspices of the Department of Business, Skills, and Innovation.  In 2012, Dr Anur Guhan and the course were awarded First Prize in the NHS Innovations Awards for innovation in Training and Education.

Course Aims :

  • To help participants start their training to acquire basic (level 1) competency in thoracic ultrasonic diagnostic skills
  • To help participants identify the ultrasonographic features of common pleural diseases and how to apply these to the safe and efficient practice of pleural procedures
  • To help participants understand the clinical governance issues surrounding self-referral

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, participants would be able to:

  • Exhibit clear understanding of BTS training standards for thoracic ultrasound to be independent practitioners.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of ultrasound physics and the controls of the ultrasound machine and probe.
  • Differentiate between ultrasonographic appearances of normal pleural, pleural effusions, pleural thickening, and pulmonary consolidation
  • Use ultrasound to locate pleural effusion, recognise loculations and identify the skin site for safe pleural puncture.
  • Appreciate the role and limitations of ultrasound in the safe practice of pleural disease diagnosis and procedures

Organised by:

Dr Anur Guhan, Consultant Respiratory Physician, University Hospital Ayr


Education events and conferences team, STRIVE Academic Centre

Email: [email protected]


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Certificates and feedback:

Upon completion of this course a certificate will be available for you to download from your account along with any other post course information. Please ensure you complete your feedback so we are able to continuously improve our training.