Dr Soosan Romel, Specialty Doctor in Sexual and Reproductive Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde SAS Project supported: Transvaginal Ultrasound Simulator Course
I work as a Staff Grade Doctor in the Sandyford Initiative in Glasgow. I provide a wide range of gynaecological services to patients, and I wanted to expand my knowledge and services in ultrasonography related to gynaecological conditions and early pregnancy scanning associated with termination of pregnancy.
In order to support my development and increase my knowledge and skills in this area, I identified a three day Transvaginal Ultrasound Course offered by the Welsh Institute for Women’s Health in Cardiff which is accredited by the faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Through the support of the SAS Development Fund, I attended the course in March 2014, and it provided excellent curriculum based learning which greatly enhanced my overall learning experience through simulation.
The workshops included lectures covering the knowledge and clinical competencies criteria related to ultrasound safety, applications and practice in the RCOG syllabus. The workshops also placed emphasis on the practical aspects of learning techniques through “hands-on” skills and clinical simulation. I was able to practice on real patients under supervision.
As a result of having attended this course, I am now able to :-
• Better meet the needs of patients in terms of assessment, diagnosis and care planning
• Expand the range of ultrasonography in gynaecological services and termination of pregnancy services
• Perform more complex ultrasound scanning and reporting
All of above is contributing towards developing and improving sexual and reproductive health services in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and is reducing waiting list times through reducing the need for onwards referrals, as patients are now being fully assessed in the community, where they first present.