Trish Chudleigh
Lead Sonographer and Advanced Practitioner Manager

I’m the advanced practitioner manager and lead sonographer of the Rosie ultrasound department and joined the trust in 2006.

The Rosie ultrasound department provides a routine ultrasound screening service for all women who book for delivery at the Rosie. Two scans are offered routinely during pregnancy and my job is to manage the ultrasound part of their care. So my role is to manage the service, support, manage and, hopefully, inspire the staff and also to provide some of the higher complexity scans which contribute to our varied workload. Our ultrasound team is made up of six sonographers and six midwife sonographers, some working part time and some full time. Last year we performed 22,000 scans so we’re a busy department that has to run to a tight schedule.

We liaise with our clinical colleagues who request scans and help to sort out ultrasound related issues or problems either face-to-face, by phone, or in meetings. Although our service runs via a booked appointment system there are always extra scans which we need to be able fit in on an emergency and/or urgent basis. 

We have five scan rooms in the Rosie ultrasound department on level 1, a scanning room in the early pregnancy unit (where our service runs every morning, seven days a week) and two further scanning rooms within the new maternal and fetal medicine department in clinic 22. This is where we scan most of our third trimester pregnancies. Although the Rosie ultrasound service runs separately from the fetal medicine service, both teams liaise very closely with each other. We refer any pregnancies which we feel are abnormal, or that we’re worried about, to the fetal medicine team and/or the maternal medicine team for further management. Sadly we have to refer around five women a week to our fetal medicine colleagues because of potential problems we have found at their 20 week scans.

What gives me most satisfaction in my role is helping the team to provide a clinically accurate, efficient and empathetic service for our pregnant women. I enjoy seeing the staff learn new things and develop confidence in things they haven’t done before. Seeing staff grow from being a complete beginner to being a ‘proper’ sonographer who can run a list by themselves is a very satisfying feeling. I feel it is very important to support and encourage everyone in the team to develop their non-scanning skills, for example to audit parts of our service or to present at meetings or to write articles for publication. It’s a privilege to watch them standing up and give a presentation when they never thought they’d be able to prepare a presentation, let alone stand up in public, deliver it and actually enjoy the experience!