Festival of Point-of-Care Ultrasound

SonoUK 2019

come and join the festival & pay on the day*

*please contact us to check availability as some courses full

a festival of point-of-care ultrasound courses

9th & 10th May 2019
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts
Gateshead Quayside


SonoUK - the ultrasound festival

We are pleased to announce the second UK 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, Ultrasound-guided Procedures, 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 - accreditated

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


The courses

The event starts on the morning of Thursday 9th May 2019, concluding by late afternoon on Friday 10th. 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 9th which will provide a great opportunity for delegates, machine providers and faculty to meet and network, as well as relax. The NewcastleGateshead Quayside is such a vibrant and buzzing location and provides a stunning backdrop for such an innovative event.

There will be two concurrent two-day and five one-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 listed below:


  • Emergency Medicine Core (level 1) - 9th & 10th May 2019

  • Emergency Medicine Enhanced (level 2) - 9th & 10th May 2019

  • Focused Intensive Care Echo (FICE) - 9th May 2019

  • Ultrasound in Intensive Care (CUSIC) - 10th May 2019

  • ultrasound-guided procedures - 9th May 2019

  • Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blocks - an introduction - 10th May 2019

  • Focused Ultrasound for Acute Medicine (FAMUS) - 9th May 2019

The price of attending ONE-DAY is £275

The price of attending BOTH DAYS is £500 (two one-day courses or a two day course)

a great social BBQ and DRINKS night on Thursday 9th May (complimentary for those attending both days) - £20

Needless to say, lots of hands on scanning and great teaching and we’ll also ensure good grub and tea/coffee for whatever option you choose!

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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

Chris Yap & Tom Locker

Consultants in Emergency Medicine 




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Focused Intensive Care Echo (FICE)


This course introduces trans-thoracic echo as a one-day course with the option to attend the Ultrasound in Intensive Care (CUSIC) course on day two (for the non-echocardiology parts of the content below).*


  • 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

  • Good governance and how to progress after the course

Course Director

Lewis Gray

Consultant in Intensive Care & Anaesthetics

Newcastle upon Tyne


* FICE accreditated



Ultrasound in Critical Care (CUSIC)


This course introduces non-echocardiology point of care ultrasound relevant to critical care (the cardiac elements are covered in FICE). This covers the curriculum of the Intensive Care Society CUSIC course.**


  • Introduction to physics of ultrasound;

  • 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


** Cusic accreditated



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Ultrasound-Guided Procedures


This one-day course introduces candidates to the techniques for performing a range of common ultrasound-guided procedures. This course is useful to clinicians in specialities such as acute and internal medicine, emergency medicine, critical care and surgery.


  • Introduction to physics of ultrasound;

  • Introduction to the principles of ultrasound-guided procedures;

  • Ultrasound-guided thoracocentesis

  • Ultrasound-guided pericardiocentesis

  • Ultrasound-guided paracentesis

  • Ultrasound-guided vascular access

  • Ultrasound-guided suprapubic catheter 

  • Ultrasound-guided drainage of collections

  • Good governance and how to progress after the course

Course Director

Jonathan Womack

Consultant in Anaesthetics

Newcastle upon Tyne 

Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blocks


This course is an introduction to regional anaesthetic and analgesic techniques for clinicians working in an acute setting. It will serve as
an introduction to regional anaesthesia for any beginner. This course is uniquely focused on procedures which will be useful both in the theatre environment but also in the emergency setting. Clinicians from all acute specialities are welcome.


  • Introduction to physics of ultrasound

  • How to see a nerve with an ultrasound

  • How to be safe, reduce complications and manage emergencies

  •  How to master in-plane needle technique

  • How to numb an upper limb

  • How to numb a lower limb

  • Thoracic and abdominal analgesia

  • What to inject and how much

  • Consider the future of regional anaesthesia outside of theatre

  • 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 one-day course covers the curriculum of the Society of Acute Medicine’s (SAM) ultrasound curriculum.***


  • 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



***this is an official FAMUS accredited course

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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