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Return of the sickle cell and thalassaemia screening and King’s College specialist counsellor update days

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The specialist counsellor update days have been popular in the past

The PHE sickle cell and thalassaemia (SCT) screening team is pleased to announce that the very popular specialist counsellor update course returns this year. The course will be run twice, on:

  • 29 April 2021 (online)
  • 14 September 2021 (online, unless restrictions lifted)

The course is delivered by King’s College London, funded by the PHE screening team and free to attend.

It is aimed at those who:

  • have already completed the Genetic Risk Assessment and Counselling module or the PEGASUS course, and
  • are responsible for counselling women and couples at risk of having an affected baby as part of the NHS SCT Screening Programme – this includes the offer of prenatal diagnosis and/or giving results to parent(s) who have given birth to an affected child

In previous years, the update days have received enthusiastic feedback from our students. In 2019, some said:

This course will be invaluable.

I absolutely loved this course… so knowledgeable and inspiring.

How to apply

Apply via King’s College London’s application page. Please contact the Jessamy Wilson-Pepper with any queries.

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