The course is run over one day and introduces the candidate to transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) which, if followed by ongoing study with a local mentor, will result in FEEL certification. The FEEL course is supported and recognised by the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE).
The FEEL course provides training that may be considered as an introductory course in echocardiography, including for those who subsequently wish to work towards full accreditation
The FEEL course has a high ratio of instructors to candidates. The course includes lectures, small group (maximum 3 candidates) hands-on training (HOT) sessions with live models, simulation and image interpretation.
Assessment and Certification
There is no formal assessment on the course but candidates must attend the whole day to achieve a certificate of attendance.
After the course candidates should be able to return to work and feel confident to perform a focused peri-resuscitation echo study and acquire the necessary views. Interpretation improves with continued scanning and review of images obtained.
To obtain a certificate of completion candidates need to undertake further supervised scans which need to be reviewed by a local mentor and completed within two years from the date of the FEEL course. Candidates must keep a logbook of scans performed and the findings from these. The candidate’s initial scans should all be reviewed by their mentor. Once 50 scans have been completed and reviewed, and the candidate is judged as competent in peri-resuscitation echocardiography their mentor can sign their logbook for FEEL certification. The candidate must then contact the course director from their original FEEL course and send them the original front sheet from their completed logbook. The course director will then contact the BSE and Resuscitation Council (UK). The certificate of FEEL completion will be issued by the Resuscitation Council (UK) and is valid for 4 years. The FEEL course is recognised for 5 continuing professional development (CPD) points.
The course manual is sent to candidates one month before the course. Candidates are expected to have prepared for the course by reading the manual.