There is a current reluctance in the service to recruit new trainees into the sonography workforce, in part, due to the difficulties in arranging high quality clinical placements for the trainees due to ever increasing service pressures. Detailed workforce planning in this area is hampered by the current lack of a coherent professional structure and subsequent poor quality workforce data. The Health Professions Council is considering a case for regulation. However, this will not resolve the shortages in the immediate future. Therefore overseas recruitment is a viable approach to a short-term alleviation of these shortages.