A Glasgow Royal Infirmary sonographer has proved she is at the forefront of her profession by becoming only one of six people in the UK to achieve a European Ultrasound Certification.
Mhairi Brandon has achieved a Level 2 Competency award from the European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB). She is the only Allied Health Professional (APH) to be trained to such a high level, with the others all being doctors.
She now participates in the training of AHPs, nurses and doctors across local, national and international forums within the expert faculty of the Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group (SRUG). She also is an accreditor for UK-wide Ultrasound Programmes with the Consortium for the accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).
The great news comes just weeks after Glasgow Royal Infirmary secured its place as a world-leading healthcare facility by being named by Newsweek as one of the top 100 hospitals in the World. Glasgow Royal Infirmary was the only Scottish Hospital to make the top-notch list, which included top facilities in Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the United States.
Mhairi said: “It has been a great honour to achieve this international certification as one of a small number of health professionals. This has allowed me to lead on innovative practice by establishing “one –stop” musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound clinics into my routine clinical practice. This means I can use ultrasound to diagnose and treat patients, often meaning they do not need to undergo further diagnostic tests such as MRIs and more invasive treatments.”
Commenting on Mhairi’s success, NHSGGC’s North Director Isobel Neil said: “This is very much a developing field in physiotherapy and we are very proud of Mhairi’s achievements.
“As a true professional she has looked to see what could be done in the best interests of the patient and worked very hard to achieve this. Her development not only saves time and money for the NHS but is also hugely beneficial for her patients.”
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Pic: Mhairi is at the forefront of her profession