CCPU BREAST AND ENDOCRINE UNITS
As part of ASUM’s continual improvement process, the CCPU Board has reviewed the Breast and Endocrine CCPU units. The outcome of this review is as follows:
- The Endocrine unit has been replaced by the unit Interventional Endocrine.
- Introduction of the new CCPU unit Non-Interventional Endocrine.
- The option to complete the Breast and Endocrine units as a combined unit is no longer offered.
Additionally, to ensure the best standards of patient care and to align our programs with modern ultrasound practice, the breast and endocrine CCPU syllabi have been revised. With this revision, the logbook and recertification requirements of these units have also changed. A breakdown of the changes made to the logbook and recertification requirements can be accessed here.
The updated syllabi are now live on the ASUM website. You can access them through the links below:
Who does this effect?
Candidates who have attended an accredited Breast and/or Endocrine course prior to 1 April 2021 may complete under the previous requirements. Please contact the ASUM Education Team if you need a copy of the previous syllabi.
Candidates who have not yet attended an accredited Breast and/or Endocrine course as of 1 April 2021 will need to complete their CCPU under the new requirements.
CCPU LOGBOOK UPDATES
Gold Standard Requirements
Previously, all candidates were required to compare 100% of their logbook entries to a gold standard (further imaging, clinical unit, supervisor observation, etc.), as outlined in the CCPU Regulations (Section 8.4). This requirement has been reframed and is now called ‘Comparison with Further Imaging or Clinical Outcome’.
In the logbook, the ‘Comparison with Further Imaging or Clinical Outcome’ column should describe the further imaging or the final outcome of the patient. In this column, candidates must compare at least 50% of their logbook findings to further imaging, this includes stating the imaging method and commenting on whether the further imaging confirmed, contradicted, or expanded on their findings. The CCPU Logbook templates have been updated to reflect this change and are available on the ASUM website.
Who does this effect?
- Candidates who commenced their logbook/s prior to 1 April 2021 may submit under the previous requirements.
- Candidates who commence their logbook/s after 1 April 2021 will need to submit under the new requirements.
E-FAST Clinical Indications
A review of the eFAST clinical indication has been completed. Following survey feedback the eFAST logbook clinical indication has been amended and approved by the CCPU Board. The logbook requirements are now:
Twenty-five (25) eFAST scans, including:
Five (5) positives, demonstrated by any or all of free fluid in peritoneal, pleural or pericardial spaces or pneumothorax from ANY cause.
The Supervisors Handbook is intended to provide existing and potential supervisors with guidance as to the:
- Roles and responsibilities of CCPU Primary and Associate supervisors.
- CCPU requirements.
- CCPU Competency framework.
The CCPU Supervisor Handbook is available here.
ASUM greatly appreciates both primary and associate supervisors who are integral to CCPU training and generously give their time and expertise to support CCPU candidates.
NEW PRIMARY SUPERVISOR OPTIONS FOR VASCULAR ACCESS
We are pleased to announce that the Vascular Access unit now has an expanded primary supervisor criterion. The following professionals are now able to be the primary supervisor of a vascular access candidate:
- Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)
- Fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM)
- Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)
Please note that this is for the vascular access unit only. These positions have been added to the Primary Supervisor Declaration Form.
CCPU ELIGIBILITY: LIMITED AND PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION
The CCPU enrolment eligibility has now been expanded beyond general registration, to include appropriately qualified clinicians on limited and provisional AHPRA registration.
This decision was made to support a broader range of trainee’s interested in point of care ultrasound. For example, trainees filling temporary fellowship positions.
Candidates enrolled under this pathway must meet all CCPU Regulation requirements to be awarded a CCPU.