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CCPU Program Documents

CCPU Announcements

Supervision Counted Towards Recertification Logbook

The rules surrounding the CCPU recertification logbook have changed. Previously, only scans that were completed by the CCPU holder could be included in the recertification logbook. However, the CCPU Board has resolved that supervised scan may now be included as logbook entries for the CCPU recertification.

For a supervised scan to be included in the recertification logbook:

  1. You must have directly supervised that scan.
  2. You need to clearly indicate which scans have been supervised within the logbook.
  3. The name/s of the trainees’ you are supervising must be recorded against the scan in the logbook.
  4. Both your name and the trainee’s name must be logged on the ultrasound machine/report.

We have updated the recertification logbooks (both general and neonatal) to include the columns ‘Supervised scan?’ and ‘Trainees Name’ to support these requirements.

The CCPU Recertification Handbook has also been updated to reflect these changes. Please refer to the CCPU Regulations for the full recertification requirements.

Special Skills COVID Agreement

Special skills candidates have a unique advantage of receiving dedicated ultrasound training over several months. Due to the continuous and intensive learning nature of these placements, those candidates currently undertaking a special skills term (CCPU accredited or not) can start their logbook prior to attending a course.

If a special skills candidate wants to start their logbook before attending a course, they need to:

  1. Provide a completed ‘COVID Special Skills Consideration Application’ form. Evidence will need to be provided with the application form.
  2. For the consideration to be valid, they must receive an official confirmation letter in return from ASUM.

Please note that this is a temporary arrangement. Special skills providers are reminded of the responsibility they have to appropriately train these candidates.

The CCPU Neonatal Timeline

The CCPU Neonatal timeline has been reviewed. As per CCPU Regulations, candidates need to complete an introductory course before starting the introductory logbook.

However, once the introductory submission (including the course, assessments, and logbook) has been successfully passed, neonatal candidates can begin their advance logbook before attending an advanced course.

Summary of the Timeline:

  1. CCPU physics module
  2. Introductory neonatal course
  3. Introductory neonatal logbook and assessments
  4. Submit and pass the introductory neonatal CCPU Unit
  5. Begin the advance logbook and assessments
  6. Attend the advance course when one becomes available
  7. Submit and pass the advanced neonatal CCPU

Please note that the introductory logbook must be submitted to the Education Team and passed by a CCPU examiner before starting the advanced logbook. The CCPU Regulation timings still apply, meaning the introductory logbook and assessment need to be submitted to ASUM within two years of completing the introductory course.

The Introductory and Advanced CCPU syllabi have been updated to reflect these changes.

Thank You for Recertifying

We wanted to say thank you to all the CCPU Holders who have recertified over the past year. We have had a higher engagement in recertification than ever before, and we sincerely appreciate the patience and effort many of our members have shown.

Recertification means you can continue to use your CCPU postnominals and supervise candidates as they complete the CCPU or CAHPU. If you have not yet recertified and it has been 12 months since your recertification date, we encourage you to use the Return to CCPU Practice pathway (CCPU Regulation 14.0).

ASUM implemented changes to the Certificate of Clinician Performed Ultrasound (CCPU) regulations regarding the role of the Primary Supervisor in November 2019. This change was implemented to align with current practice across many (but not all) specialty colleges (e.g. RANZCR, RANZCOG, CICM) to streamline processes and allow local oversight in assigning resources, appropriate support and collaboration for a team approach to best manage this. The intention was not to exclude sonographers or other relevant supervisors.

Following feedback and multiple discussions relating to the role of supervision in the CCPU and CAHPU, ASUM has received several great concepts to be considered to address the various scenarios. As the CCPU and CAHPU cover a broad scope of specialties and clinical settings, we are keen to hear back from a broader group as to the real experience in the field, roadblocks for supervision and any recommendations you may have to help ASUM in determining a solution that can be administered appropriately. This will support our understanding and guide any potential changes to the CCPU and CAHPU regulations.

With that in mind, we have created a short survey to capture information on the role of supervisor in the CCPU and CAHPU. If preferred, you are welcome to submit a more detailed review and potential solution via email at education@asum.com.au. We welcome input from all clinical settings, whether a large tertiary hospital or a small regional clinical practice.

ASUM will then collate the information and review this with the relevant boards and committees. Our plan is to invite specific stakeholders to evaluate the proposals relevant to practice improving access to supervision while still maintaining the required standard.

ASUM will update this website page when we have additional information to share.

For further information please contact the ASUM Team.

Submission Enquiries:

Tel: +61 2 9438 2078

Fax: +61 2 9438 3686

Email: education@asum.com.au

ASUM, in collaboration with Dr Allan Whitehead, is providing CCPU remote supervision to regional and remote areas of Australia. The purpose of this pilot project is to consider a new and sustainable way to deliver ultrasound training in regional and remote areas to achieve a CCPU.

Expressions of interest close on Wednesday 16 June 2021. All applicants will be contacted following a review of the applications.

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.

SUPERVISOR HANDBOOK

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.

Regulations

Enrolment Forms

Logbook Templates

Logbook numbers must not include those from the accredited training course.

Logbook for Acute Scrotum, BELS, Basic Gynaecology, Basic Soft Tissue, Biliary, E-FAST, Lung, Pleural Effusion, Rapid Cardiac Echocardiography (RCE), Renal Hydronephrosis & Calculi, Vascular Access:

Logbook for other units:

Completion Forms

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