Table 1

Level descriptors for thoracic ultrasound capability in practice (text in bold represents addendum to JRCPTB GIM CIP descriptors)

Level 1Entrusted to observe only—no provision of clinical care
Level 2Entrusted to act with direct supervision, present in the room
Level 3Entrusted to act with indirect supervision:
The trainee may provide clinical care when the supervising physician is not physically present within the hospital or other site of patient care, but is available by means of telephone and/or electronic media to provide advice, and can attend at the bedside if required to provide direct supervision.
Level 4Entrusted to act unsupervised
Level 5 Permission to supervise/train others
  • CIP, capabilities in practice; JRCPTB, Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board.