Before moving into higher education, I was a Senior Radiographer/Sonographer for over ten years (specialising in general medical, vascular, obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound practice).
I am currently Programme Leader for the MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) at University of Cumbria. I am also involved in some undergraduate teaching and assessment on the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme.
I regularly undertake clinical practice in ultrasound at my local NHS trust and remain a HCPC registered radiographer. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
My research interest is Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorder (WRMSD) in ultrasound practice in the UK, and I am currently working towards my PhD, studying at Lancaster university.
I am an accreditor for CASE (Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education). In this role I am involved in reviewing and advising on the quality of ultrasound programmes and focused short courses in ultrasound, across the UK, prior to accreditation and re-accreditation.
I sit on British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) council (January 2018) for a 3 year term. I also represent BMUS on CASE committee.
I have a passion for ultrasound and in securing a viable and competent ultrasound workforce for the future.
Qualifications and memberships
MSc Medical Ultrasound
PgCert Academic Practice
BSc (hons) Diagnostic Radiography
HCPC registerred Diagnostic Radiographer
Society & College of Radiographers (SCoR) member
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Academic and research interests
Clinical Ultrasound Practice (Gynaecological, General Medical & Vascular Ultrasound)
Curriculum Design and Ultrasound Programme Management and Development
Physical Principles and Technology in Medical Ultrasound
Student Mentorship & Clinical Education in Ultrasound
Work Related Musculo-Skeletal Disorder (WRMSD) prevention in medical ultrasound
I currently supervise a number of undergraduate radiography and some masters level dissertations, predominantly in ultrasound.
Bolton, G.C., Booth, L. and Miller, P.K. (2019) 'Sonographers' experiences of work-related musculoskeletal disorder. An ideological dilemma?’ Exhibited at United Kingdom Imaging & Oncology Conference (UKIO). Liverpool. 10th-12th June 2019.
Miller, P.K., Waring, L., Bolton, G.C. and Sloane, C. (2018) Personnel flux and workplace anxiety: Personal and interpersonal consequences of understaffing in UK ultrasound departments. Radiography. Volume 25, Issue 1, 46 - 50
Waring, L. & Bolton, G.C. (2018). Direct Entry Postgraduate Ultrasound – The University of Cumbria Experience, A report for Health Education North West.
Bolton, G.C., Booth, L. and Miller, P.K. (2018) 'Sonographers' experiences of work-related musculoskeletal disorder: The everyday consequences of physiological stress and injury in contemporary ultrasound', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology. Liverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.
Waring, L., Miller, P.K., Sloane, C. and Bolton, G.C. (2018) 'Charting the practical dimensions of understaffing from a managerial perspective: everyday consequences of the UK’s sonographer shortage', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Liverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.
Waring, L., Miller, P.K., Sloane, C. and Bolton, G. (2018) ‘Charting the practical dimensions of understaffing from a managerial perspective: The everyday shape of the UK’s sonographer shortage’, Ultrasound, doi: 10.1177/1742271X18772606.
Marland, A. Bolton, G. (2017) 'Success rates at cervical catheterisation in a sonographer-led HyCoSy service: a retrospective baseline audit'. Exhibited at UKRC Manchester, June 2017.
Waring, L. Bolton, G. Smart, S. (2015) ‘Direct Entry MSc in Ultrasound – Changing the Face of Sonography Training’. Exhibited at BMUS Conference Cardiff, December 2015.
Bolton, G. C. and Cox, D. L. (2015), Survey of UK sonographers on the prevention of work related muscular-skeletal disorder (WRMSD). J. Clin. Ultrasound. Doi: 10.1002/jcu.22216
Recent external roles
Lead Accreditor Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE)
Clinical Sonographer (honorary NHS role)
External Examiner Sheffield Hallam University
BMUS Council member (since January 2018)
CASE Committee Member (since January 2019)
External Examiner University of Leeds (since October 2019)