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Dr Mike Smith

Dr Mike Smith

Senior Lecturer: Physiotherapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 87927
2F25b, 2nd Floor, Cardigan House, Heath Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


I am a leader in point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) imaging and work with a range of professional groups to develop mechanisms to support the robust delivery of PoCUS; this centres on alignment of clinical and ultrasound imaging 'scope of practice', 'education/competency' and 'governance'.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic I am providing national and international leadership on initiatives for increased accessibility to lung ultrasound imaging as a mechanism for management of lung injury in this patient population. This includes using my expertise to propose with my co-authors new workforces and mechanisms to escalate availability of lung ultrasound: ;

More broadly I play a key role in the PoCUS and career sonography landscapes:

  • I am a longstanding member of the multi-professional British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) Professional Standards Group committee whose remit is to develop standards relevant to ultrasound practice, including criteria for referral for ultrasound and image and reporting quality. More recently I also sit on the BMUS Education committee and I am also one of the UK-wide PoCUS leads for BMUS.
  • I have been extensively involved with the Health Education England consultations around sonography career frameworks, including active involvement with the ‘Sonography Implementation Group’ and ‘Sonography Training Group’ subcommittees.
  • I initiated the process of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) becoming a Consortium for Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) member: the accreditation body for the full range of sonography education in the UK. I have sat on CASE committee as a CSP representative since 2017 which has involved scrutinising sonography education across a range of specialities, including various PoCUS disciplines.
  • In 2019 I was the project lead on the funded ‘CASE Accreditation Review Project’ which involved a top to bottom review of how CASE undertakes accreditation. Via this wide-reaching project, numerous recommendations were made which will frame the activities of CASE (and thus sonography education provision) in the short, medium and long term.

I have dual qualifications as a physiotherapist (undergraduate and master's degrees); and as a sonographer (post-graduate certificate) – undertaken as part of my £170k PhD fellowship (incorporating both physiotherapy and ultrasound imaging) which was funded by Arthritis Research UK (now Versus Arthritis).


I started my clinical career as a physiotherapist where I specialised in musculoskeletal outpatients; and developed a particular interest in shoulder dysfunction whilst undertaking my master's degree. Having taken a tenured lecturing post at Cardiff University, I was involved in teaching, assessment and course material design across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate areas.

Following on from various laboratory and clinic-based data collection projects, I secured a £170,000 fellowship by Arthritis Research UK to undertake my PhD study looking at prognostic indicators in shoulder rehabilitation. As part of this I successfully completed a post-graduate certificate in medical ultrasound, which led onto work in sonography education and (eventually) workforce policy.

I am passionate about the highest standards of sonography education and clinical practice. This commitment is the cornerstone of my work with both career sonography and point of care ultrasound (PoCUS).

Professional memberships

I am a member of the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists), EUSSER (European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation), British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) and a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy)













I have led laboratory and clinic based research as a Chief Investigator under single and multi-centre ethical approvals. My clinical research combined diagnostic ultrasound imaging with the management of shoulder disorders. This includes my £170,000 Fellowship from Arthritis Research UK where I explored prognostic factors relating to the management of patients with subacromial impingement / rotator cuff tendinopathy.

Tissue engineering and repair expertise

Use of diagnostic ultrasound imaging to identify tissue pathology as a potential prognostic factor in disease progression and treatment outcome