Gareth Bolton

  • MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) Programme Leader
  • Institute of Health
  • Social Issues in Medical Imaging
  • Health and Wellbeing
 Gareth Bolton

Biography

Before moving into higher education, in 2011, I was a Senior Radiographer/Sonographer for over ten years (specialising in general medical, vascular, obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound practice).

I am the Programme Leader for the MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) awards at University of Cumbria. 

I occasionally undertake clinical practice in ultrasound at my local NHS trust and remain a HCPC registered diagnostic 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 the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE). 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 am on British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) council (January 2018) for a 3 year term. I represent BMUS on CASE committee. I am also Vice Chair of CASE committee (from Autumn 2020).

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

Dissertation supervision

National ultrasound workforce shortage strategy.

Research supervision

I am the dissertation module leader for masters level dissertations, across the postgraduate medical imaging programmes. My research expertise is predominantly in ultrasound, although I have experience of supervisig a range of undergraduate and postgraduate duissertation topics.

Publications

Bolton, Gareth , Booth, Lisa and Miller, Paul K. (2021) Work-Related Muscular-Skeletal Disorder among UK Sonographers: Understanding the Challenges. RAD Magazine, 47 (557). pp. 20-22.

Miller, Paul K., Grabrovaz, Meaghan, Bolton, Gareth and Waring, Lorelei (2020) The future of ultrasound Advanced Clinical Practitioner education: Mapping the views of clinical leads in the public and private sector. In: United Kingdom Imaging and Oncology Congress 2020: Pathways and Communication, 1-3 June 2020, ACC, Liverpool. (Unpublished)

Grabrovaz, Meaghan, Miller, Paul K., Bolton, Gareth and Waring, Lorelei (2020) The future of ultrasound Advanced Clinical Practitioner education: Mapping the views of programme leads in the UK. In: United Kingdom Imaging and Oncology Congress 2020: Pathways and Communication, 1-3 June 2020, ACC, Liverpool. (Unpublished)

Bolton, Gareth, Booth, Lisa and Miller, Paul K. (2020) The personal impact of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD) on sonographers. In: United Kingdom Imaging and Oncology Congress (UKIO), 1-3 June 2020, ACC, Liverpool. (Unpublished)

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

Vice Chair, Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) Committee (from Autumn 2020).

Lead Accreditor Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), since 2014

Clinical Sonographer (honorary NHS role), since April 2013

BMUS Council member (since January 2018)

CASE Committee Member (since January 2019)

External Examiner University of Leeds (since October 2019)