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1. Introduction

In April and May 2011, SCoR surveyed ultrasound departments in the UK. The aim of the survey was to obtain reliable data on the number of sonographers employed and the number of vacancies.

An email containing a link to an online questionnaire was sent to approximately 150 lead ultrasound practitioners asking them to answer the questionnaire on behalf of their departments. 54 ultrasound departments (37%) responded to the survey, answering a range of questions about staffing and vacancy levels in their department. None of the questions were mandatory so different questions may have different response rates.

51 of the responding departments (94%) are within NHS health boards or trusts; 2 (4%) are within the independent/private healthcare sector; and 1 (2%) is a Medical Research Council / University funded research unit. The breakdown by country is: Scotland (5); Wales (5); England (43); plus 1 unknown.

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