The NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia (SCT) Screening Programme is pleased to offer free programme update study days, in partnership with King’s College London.
SCT screening programme update
The SCT screening programme update days are on Tuesday 16 June (London) and Wednesday 25 June (Manchester). These days are aimed at non-specialist nurses, midwives and health visitors so they can:
- develop an understanding of the antenatal and newborn SCT screening programme in England
- gain a basic knowledge of SCT and how these conditions are inherited
- learn how to interpret screening results
- understand the structures which support and maintain the quality of the programme
Specialist counsellors update
Update days for specialist counsellors are on Thursday 17 September (Manchester) and Thursday 8 October (London).
These days are aimed at practitioners who have previously undertaken the PEGASUS course or an alternative SCT related module.
Applicants must be responsible for counselling women and couples at risk of having an affected baby as part of the SCT screening programme. This includes the offer of prenatal diagnosis and/or giving results to parents who have given birth to an affected child.
All successful applicants will need agreement from their line managers and any additional costs, such as travel and subsistence, will need to be agreed locally.
PHE Screening blog
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