Festival of Point-of-Care Ultrasound

SonoUK 2018

a festival of point-of-care ultrasound courses

26th & 27th April 2018
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts
Gateshead Quayside


SonoUK - the ultrasound festival

We are pleased to announce the UKs first Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) festival! SonoUK will be hosting five (yes you heard right, five!) popular two-day POCUS courses all at the same time - something for everyone. Set in the iconic Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts on the river Tyne, SonoUK will be a truly world-class event. We'd also like you to know this is not-for-profit event too!

"What is this Festival” I hear you say?

“A celebration of POCUS with all the benefit of an excellent hands-on course but with the grandeur and social occasion of a big conference; otherwise known as…a bonkers-scanning-jamboree-fest” 

Bob Jarman

(he's eloquent apparently)

Providing cross-specialty POCUS training, at 4:1 delegate to tutor ratios, encompassing many of the sought-after courses; RCEM Core (Level 1), RCEM Enhanced (Level 2), FICE, FAMUS, Nerve Blocks and CUSIC, plus a little extra thrown into the mix to broaden those horizons 

Running as a showcase and celebration of POCUS, a not-for-profit event. Any profit goes back into future events, research & development and charitable causes


Continuing the exponential rise in interest in POCUS over the past 10 years, and tutored by world leaders in the field, this event aims to support the training of acute specialty practitioners with this key component of their curricula, and inspire future practice 


Providing a modern learning model. Allowing as much top quality, hands on, supervised practice as possible. Much of the material for learning will be provided in advance to maximise time for technique tips and tricks, using state of the art ultrasound machines on human models and simulation systems 

RCEM Level 1 and Level 2 content covered(the RCEM does not accredit or award CPD points for any ultrasound course)
FICE, FAMUS and CUSIC - accreditation pending

Scroll down to see the fab courses we will be running...


The courses

The event starts on the morning of Thursday 26th April, concluding by late afternoon on Friday 27th. This allows for two full days of ultrasound education and hands-on practice for delegates. There is a social programme for the evening of the 26th which will provide a great opportunity for delegates, machine providers and faculty to meet and network, as well as relax.

There will be five concurrent two-day courses running during the event; each with a designated course director and experienced faculty. There is a maximum of four delegates to one machine/faculty to ensure that everyone gets plenty of scanning practical. We expect there will be a minimum of 25 ultrasound systems in use during the event and have planned for a higher proportion of scanning time.

The courses we will be running are all two-day as listed below:


  • Emergency Medicine Core (level 1);

  • Emergency Medicine Enhanced (level 2);

  • Focused Intensive Care Echo & Ultrasound in Intensive Care (FICE/CUSIC);

  • Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blocks;

  • Focused Ultrasound for Acute Medicine (FAMUS)

The Cost of each course is £500 - two days great teaching and lots of hands on including catering and a great social night on THURSDAY 26th April

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Emergency Medicine Core (Level 1)


This established and popular two-day course covers the curriculum requirements for Core ultrasound (formerly level 1) and more for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.* 



  • Introduction to physics of ultrasound;
  • Focused assessment with sonography in trauma (FAST)/focused assessment for free fluid (FAFF)
  • Ultrasound evaluation of the abdominal aorta for aneurysm (AAA);
  • Echocardiography evaluation in life support (ELS);
  • Ultrasound-guided vascular access (USVA);
  • Basic ultrasound of the chest;
  • Introduction to ultrasound in the shocked patient;
  • Good governance and how to progress after the course.


Course Director(s)


Chris Yap & Tom Locker

Consultants in Emergency Medicine 




Emergency Medicine Enhanced (Level 2)


This two-day course goes beyond the basics of Core and covers more enhanced contemporary emergency medicine ultrasound skills.* 


  • Review of relevant physics of ultrasound;
  • Focused ultrasound of the gall bladder and common bile duct;
  • Focused ultrasound of the kidneys and urological system;
  • Focused ultrasound for deep vein thrombosis;
  • Focused ultrasound for appendicitis and other common gastrointestinal problems;
  • Introduction of ultrasound for common musculoskeletal and soft tissue problems;
  • Good governance and how to progress after the course.

Course Director

Simon Richards

Programme Leader for Post-Graduate Ultrasound

Teesside University



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Focused Intensive Care Echo & Ultrasound in Intensive Care (FICE/CUSIC)


This course introduces trans-thoracic echo on day one and other point-of-care ultrasound uses for critical care on day two. This covers the curriculum of the Intensive Care Society FICE and CUSIC courses in one course.**


  • Introduction to physics of ultrasound;
  • Parasternal long and short axis trans-thoracic windows;
  • Apical trans-thoracic windows;
  • Subcostal trans-abdominal windows;
  • Evaluation of the left side of the heart;
  • Evaluation of the right side of the heart;
  • Evaluation of pericardial and adjacent pleural fluid;
  • Evaluation for severe hypovolaemia;
  • Evaluation of the lung;
  • Ultrasound-guided vascular access;
  • Ultrasound of the abdomen for critical care;
  • Good governance and how to progress after the course.

Course Director

Lewis Gray

Consultant in Intensive Care & Anaesthetics

Newcastle upon Tyne


** FICE/CUSIC accreditation applied for

Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blocks


This two-day course introduces candidates to the techniques of performing common nerve blocks. This course is useful to clinicians in environments where being able to undertake regional anaesthesia benefits patient care, such as in anaesthetics, surgery, emergency medicine and prehospital care. 


  • Introduction to physics of ultrasound;
  • Introduction to the principles of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks;
  • Nerve blocks of the upper limb;
  • Nerve blocks of the lower limb;
  • Nerve blocks of the upper trunk;
  • Nerve blocks of the lower trunk;
  • Nerve blocks of the head and neck;
  • Emergency management of complications;
  • Good governance and how to progress after the course.

Course Director

Jonathan Womack

Consultant in Anaesthetics

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Focused Ultrasound for Acute Medicine (FAMUS)


This two-day course covers the curriculum of the Society of Acute Medicine’s (SAM) ultrasound curriculum.*** There is some additional content which will be covered also. 


  • Introduction to physics of ultrasound;
  • Thoracic ultrasound evaluation;
  • Ultrasound of the abdomen for free fluid;
  • Ultrasound of the kidneys for hydronephrosis;
  • Ultrasound of the bladder;
  • Identification of sites for ascitic tap;
  • Technique for ultrasound-guided ascitic tap;
  • Focused ultrasound of the lower limbs for deep vein thrombosis;
  • Good governance and how to progress after the course.

Course Director

Alastair Gilmore

Consultant in Acute Medicine



***FAMUS accreditation applied for

Event info



Nesting on the southern banks of the Tyne on the Gateshead side, the Baltic provides a majestic presence. In addition, the seven bridges are all visible from here; the most recent bridge, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge (AKA the Winking Eye), is right next the the venue and allows access to even more restaurants, bars and hotels.

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts is one of the UK’s major art venue and recently hosted the Turner prize. The event space available is excellent and well suited for SonoUK’s requirements. There is plenty of space for scanning, simulation, presentations, watching podcasts and relaxing with peers.



Newcastle upon Tyne is known as a vibrant party city with an exceptional nightlife. It also has some of the most magnificent Georgian streets in the UK. The historic Northumberland countryside is nearby, which includes the world heritage site of the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Wall, historic castles (did we mention Hogwarts?!) and some of the best beaches in the UK.

Nearby Durham has a magnificent 12th century cathedral and castle. There are a plethora of top quality country house spa hotels nearby for delegates to pamper themselves after the event. 



We're working in partnership with NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau as the official accommodation booking provider to bring you the best accommodation rates for the conference. 

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Transport LINKS

Transport links to Newcastle are excellent

NewcastleGateshead is served by major road networks including the A1, which skirts the city and provides easy access to the venue and accommodation.

NewcastleGateshead is on the East Coast mainline and is a major rail hub for services from the north, south, east and west. The Central Railway station is minutes from the Quayside and has just undergone a multimillion pound refurbishment.

Newcastle International Airport is the largest airport in the northeast. The airport is modern, accessible and is six miles northwest of Newcastle upon Tyne centre and has regular Metro local underground rail services to the city centre. 

The northeast is always welcoming; wherever you may be from, you will always be welcome! 


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