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Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia


Education and Training to Support the NHS Screening Programme for Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia

The following resources have been developed to support delivery of the NHS Screening Programme for Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia:


SCT e-learning resource

This new e-learning resource supports greater understanding of the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia screening programme, the specific conditions screened for and how they may impact on individuals and their families.

It aims to support practitioners involved in the screening pathway to enable them to facilitate informed choices, and to understand and be able to explain and discuss results and follow-up care to women and their partners.

The resource is made up of an introduction unit and 10 stand-alone units. It has been designed to enable you to focus your learning by accessing the individual units relevant to your clinical needs or are of particular interest. Each unit should take about 15 minutes to complete. 

Each unit offers optional multiple choice questions (MCQs) so you can test your knowledge. On successful completion of the MCQs a certificate can be printed off for your CPD portfolio.

Please view the promotional video:

Please note that you will need to register for this module even if you have previously registered for other screening e-learning modules.

1. REGISTER: Find out more about the module and register now
2. OPEN: Start the module, or carry on from where you left off
3. HELP: Please read this if you have any problems registering or accessing e-learning

Sickle cell and thalassaemia laboratory e-learning

In order to view the modules, complete the short quiz and print a certificate, you MUST be both registered and logged on. You can use the link in the introduction section to go to the registration screen. If you are already registered you can log in with the tab at the bottom right of this screen.

This e-learning module is divided into 3 main sections - part 1, part 2 and a quiz. There is also an introductory unit that explains the principles of e-learning, ensures your computer is set up correctly and takes you through the simple registration process. Click on the appropriate button below to view each section.

Part 1 - the first set of units which feature all the conditions you must detect for the antenatal screening programme.

Part 2 - the second set of units featuring more complex conditions. Please note not all the methods are yet available.

Quiz - The quiz features 20 multiple choice questions relevant to antenatal screening, which you can complete to test your knowledge and print a certificate for your portfolio. Each time you attempt the quiz, you'll be given a random selection of questions. Good Luck!

Please note that you will need to register for this module even if you have previously registered for other screening e-learning modules.

View introductory unit and register

Please contact us if you need help with registration. (Note: module password is sent to you automatically and it may be placed in your junk folder)

Once you have registered you can access each part of the main module:

View part 1
View part 2
View quiz

If you have already completed the quiz you can print your certificate here.

We hope you enjoy working through the module and would welcome any feedback you have.

If you need any further help, please contact us but please make sure you've read the help page first, as this answers common questions about registering for and using the module.


Laboratory training days

The NHS Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Screening Programme Centre is offering 2
training days to update staff about the Antenatal Screening Programme. 
The day will include the following:

  • The revised antenatal screening pathway
  • Screening QA for laboratories
  • Peer review
  • Incident review
  • Laboratory aspects of thalassaemia diagnosis
  • Clinical talk – unusual haemoglobins; high affinity and low affinity haemoglobins;
    haemoglobins other than S that cause haemolytic anaemia
  • Interactive case studies
  • Open Forum

The training day is aimed at “bench level” staff, haematology laboratory managers and Consultant Haematologists.


Date & time Venue

Tuesday 20 June 2017

9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Novotel Leeds Centre

4 Whitehall Quay, Leeds LS1 4HR


Friday 23 June 2017

9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Radison Blu Edwardian Grafton

130 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 5AY



There is no cost for attendance at this CPD accredited day.

For further details or to book your place, please contact the Programme Team on: or Tel: 0161 234 9534

A booking form will be available shorlty