Virtual Prenatal Genetics Short Course

Dates: 19 September – 8 November 2022*

*The course will take place on six half day sessions running between September and November 2022

Venue: Online event

This skills based course is designed to give midwives and other health professionals working in a prenatal testing setting, the tools to help them to enable patients to access appropriate onwards referral. These include obtaining a family history, identify high risk family histories, approaches to genetic testing, consent taking and counselling skills associated with providing information and results.

Participants will be equipped with the basics of prenatal genetic counselling and managing complex scenarios as well as an update on new technologies. They will also gain skills in taking a family history and assessing when a referral on to clinical genetics is indicated.

Upon completion, delegates will be able to:

  • Recognise basic inheritance patterns
  • Identify relevant family history and draw a family tree
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and communication skills to obtain informed consent for genetic testing in a prenatal setting
  • Compare types of genetic tests and recognise the situations that they might be used in
  • Discuss tools and procedures used to diagnose genetic conditions during or following pregnancy
  • Compare and contrast the role of different healthcare professionals in the prenatal setting
  • Demonstrate the use of knowledge about genetic testing gained to discuss a patient’s pathway involving genetic testing in pregnancy
  • Recognise the emotions that a patient undergoing genetic testing in a prenatal setting may experience and when further support might be needed
  • Recall how to refer to clinical genetics services and what information is useful to include in the referral

This course is designed for midwives, sonographers or other healthcare professionals who wish to gain an introduction or update of prenatal genetics.

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