UK’s first Ultrasound Training Academy launches at Central Middlesex Hospital

PUBLISHED: 17:14 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:14 07 December 2017

Anne Marie–Scott, trainee sonographer showing senior staff and manager how it works at the Ultrasound Academy

Anne Marie–Scott, trainee sonographer showing senior staff and manager how it works at the Ultrasound Academy


The first ultrasound training scheme in the UK has been launched at Central Middlesex Hospital to deal with the short supply of sonographers.

Roaya Zuhair, trainee sonographerRoaya Zuhair, trainee sonographer

The London North West University Healthcare (LNWUH) NHS Trust has launched a new, state of the art Ultrasound Training Academy at the hospital in Acton Lane, Park Royal.

Radiology manager Tanuja Khiroya suggested an academy be opened to meet the rising demand for sonographers, who perform the scans which are used to check for everything from a baby’s wellbeing in pregnancy to looking for signs of disease.

She said: “We know that there’s a national shortage of sonographers. The Academy gives us a training environment in the hospital setting, instead of what we do currently, which is to teach our trainees during our regular, busy examination sessions.”

With support from Health Education England, and working with technology partners Samsung and MIS, the Academy saw its first trainees come through its doors last month.

Its two dedicated teaching examination rooms and simulator facility provide a environment for training the students who undertake an eighteen month course, with academic teaching provided by City University.

Haroon Qarib, lead tutor, said the simulation technology used allows “better hands-on practical training”.

He added: “Our simulator represents a step-change in training, allowing students to recognise anatomy and practice ultrasound methodology before meeting patients.

“This doesn’t just help the students’ skills, but boosts their confidence when they see patients.”

When students do come to perform exams on real life patients, the Academy makes sure that they have long enough with each patient by providing fully supervised examination sessions.

“Our longer ultrasound examination time-slots mean that students can really put their learning into practice,” he said.

As not all the students at the Academy are LNWUH staff the Trust is working with other NHS organisations to help train staff from across the region.

Chief Executive Dame Jacqueline Docherty said:: “We are delighted to be able to support this first cohort of trainees and to wish them the very best in their studies. I was really impressed with the skill and aptitude they already have. It is phenomenal to watch them at work because it isn’t easy. It takes time, effort, application and study to develop these skills, and I think we shouldn’t underestimate this.”

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

Yesterday, 17:08

Tributes have been paid to a young Wembley mum who was stabbed to death in south London this week.

Yesterday, 11:32

A Kensal Rise actor is joining celebrities to strut his stuff on Strictly Come Dancing

Yesterday, 09:45

A gravely ill pensioner whose life was saved when police broke down her door was ordered by her landlord to get it repaired – even though she was in hospital.

Yesterday, 09:34

Pupils at Capital City Academy have no regrets staying for sixth form after achieving the grades they needed to go forward.

Yesterday, 09:33

Police are trying to find Rachael Joseph who has been missing since yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday, 08:54

The senior coroner for inner north London has issued a prevention of future deaths report after a jury found safety and emergency procedures at Bannatyne Health Club in Maida Vale were “inadequate”.

Thu, 17:28

Two Ark Academy students are Cambridge University-bound after getting high marks in their A-levels.

Thu, 13:36

Pupils in Alperton braved the rain to collect a set of stunning A-level results.


The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now