Practice guidance for physiotherapists using point of care ultrasound (POCUS) in physiotherapy practice

This practice guidance should be read in conjunction with the paper PD0138 Context of Physiotherapists using Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in physiotherapy practice

Ultrasound imaging (UI) allows for the real-time imaging of a wide range of tissues, organ systems and pathologies. UI is used by a range of regulated healthcare professionals and UI may be used for screening, diagnostic, interventional, treatment monitoring and/or biofeedback purposes. The use of UI is rapidly expanding across a wide range of healthcare applications and increasingly physiotherapists are using this technology as part of their own practice.

The physiotherapy profession does not hold a monopoly on any single modality and/or intervention within any of the pillars of practice. What distinguishes the use of UI use in physiotherapy practice is that it is used at the point of care. Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) use is selected, amongst other things, based on autonomous practice, the exercise of professional judgment, the use of appropriate knowledge and skills to inform practice, and an assurance of quality and efficacious practice.

The CSP recognises POCUS as being within the scope of physiotherapy practice. We believe this practice guidance for physiotherapists using POCUS will help members who follow it demonstrate that they are delivering high quality, safe and effective POCUS services, and that the public can be assured that practitioners are highly trained and competent professionals.