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3. Summary

Direct entry undergraduate ultrasound programmes are possible but require a range of highly taxing and difficult issues to be addressed and resolved prior to being established. Of particular importance are:

  • The need for employers to be clear that they have roles at band 5/6 for sonographers (there is no evidence of this at present);
  • The clinical placement and clinical education patterns and processes;
  • Acceptance that statutory regulation may not be achievable in either the medium or long term.

The College of Radiographers is supportive of direct entry undergraduate ultrasound programmes but is of the clear view that the considerable range and complexity of issues associated with the introduction of such programmes must be dealt with effectively before they become available.

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