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Sickle cell and thalassaemia screening study days postponed

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A group of people gathered at a study day at King's College London
This year's SCT study days at King's College London have been postponed

Kings College London provides a range of sickle cell and thalassaemia (SCT) study days each year.

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the university and the NHS SCT Screening Programme have made a joint decision to defer all SCT screening study days until next year. This includes the four-day Genetic Risk Assessment and Counselling course.

Your bursary

Earlier this year, we allocated 25 bursaries for the Genetic Risk Assessment and Counselling course. We want to assure students who were granted a bursary that it will still be valid for a course on a postponed date and the university has been notified.

Looking forward

We decided it was best to postpone the study days, considering social distancing rules, restrictions on travel, the challenges of running valuable group activities virtually and the difficulty healthcare professionals have in taking time away from work to study at this time.

We’re working with the university to plan for next year and confirm new dates. We’ll publish further details on GOV.UK and via another blog update.

These study days are highly valued by our healthcare professionals and we are keen to continue providing them.

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