Training and continuing professional development (CPD) for people working in the sickle cell and thalassaemia screening programme in England.
This guide sets out education and training resources available to healthcare professionals working in the sickle cell and thalassaemia (SCT) screening programme.
Most e-learning developed by the NHS screening programmes is available on the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) website.
E-learning for GPs
Complete the British Medical Journal’s antenatal and newborn screening module to learn about:
- the principles of screening and how they are applied in practice
- what screening programmes are available
- how to advise patients about the timing of screening tests
Haemoglobinopathies: SCT screening programme update
The SCT programme is pleased to provide funded places for eligible professionals to attend this study day for:
- non specialist nurses
- health visitors
Read about the screening programme update course and how to apply on the King’s College London website.
Haemoglobinopathies: specialist counsellors update
This free one-day update is for practitioners who have previously undertaken the Professional Education for Genetic Assessment and Screening (PEGASUS) course or an alternative sickle cell and thalassaemia related module.
Read about the specialist counsellors update course and how to apply on the King’s College London website.
Genetic risk assessment and counselling module
This 4-day course is for NHS staff delivering counselling to ‘at risk’ couples as identified by the NHS SCT screening programme. The course covers:
practical applications of genetics in health care
prevention of genetic disorders
prenatal diagnosis and genetic counselling
Sign up and bursary
The SCT programme offers a number of course fee bursaries for eligible professionals. To obtain for a bursary you must apply to both King’s College London and the SCT programme.
This bursary is not applicable for practitioners who have already undertaken the PEGASUS course or a Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia related masters module.
Laboratory update days
These update days are for bench level staff, haematology laboratory managers and consultant haematologists. They take place from 9am to 5pm and include:
- a programme and laboratory update
- quality assurance update
- a clinical talk
- interactive case studies
- an open forum
There is no cost for this training day. For further details please contact the SCT programme team.
We publicise upcoming laboratory training days through the PHE Screening blog. Click on the laboratories tag on the blog page to find blog articles relating to screening laboratories.
Families at risk of specific inherited conditions should have access to appropriate genetic counselling. Read the counselling competences document on the national archive for:
- counselling competencies
- learning resources
- pathways and failsafes
- an example job description for counsellors
Watch videos supporting the competences on Vimeo.
Education and training: all programmes
Read and download education and training resources for all screening programmes. This includes:
- midwife resource cards
- the screening timeline
Health Knowledge: screening overview
The interactive learning on screening available from Health Knowledge is helpful for new and non clinical staff or those returning after a long period absent.