Recommendations for education and training of specialist paediatric sonographers

New SoR guidance provides recommendations for training, knowledge requirements and assessment

Published: 25 August 2023 Sonography

In the UK there is no formal training pathway in place for the progression of a qualified sonographer to advance their practice in paediatric ultrasound, and globally there is a lack of specialist paediatric ultrasound training. 

New guidance from the SoR, Recommendations for Education and Training of Specialist Paediatric Sonographers, sets out recommendations that aim to standardise paediatric ultrasound education and enable sonographers to practise safely, in the absence of an accredited course.

The recommendations will provide protection to children attending for ultrasound scans by evidencing that the sonographer has undertaken appropriate further study and has been assessed as clinically competent by the paediatric imaging lead to undertake specific paediatric examinations within their scope of practice.

The paediatric sonographer is expected to follow the guidance given in the professional practice guidelines published by the SoR and the British Medical Ultrasound Society, which are updated annually, and other relevant guidance. 

All sonographers should have adequate professional indemnity insurance to cover their work; this will need to be in place prior to starting the training. Sonographers who do not have a statutory registration should consider registering as a sonographer with the Register of Clinical Technologists.