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External training/courses

This section provides information on training courses which are being supplied by our stakeholders. Both the Kings College courses have been accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.

Kings College 

Haemoglobinopathies: short counselling course

This study day is for non specialists (nurses, midwives, health visitors and others) to:

  • Develop an understanding of the universal newborn screening programme.
  • Further develop evidence based knowledge and skills to provide information and counsel couples who are at risk of having a baby with a haemoglobinopathy (sickle cell disease or thalassaemia major) and in providing results to parents of babies identified as carriers.

The SCT programme is pleased to provide funded places for eligible professionals to attend the short counselling courses.

Registration for funded places should be made direct to Kings College London. For further information and course dates please see the Kings College London website.  


Genetic risk assessment and counselling module

This specialist counselling course is designed for students to have, on completion, an in depth knowledge of haemoglobin disorders, and the practical applications of genetics in health care including genetic testing, prevention of genetic disorders and prenatal diagnosis and genetic counselling.

The 4-day course is for NHS staff delivering counselling to ‘at risk’ couples as identified by the NHS SCT screening programme.

The SCT programme is pleased to provide a number of bursaries to eligible professionals (note that the bursaries are for course fees only). 

Bursary applicants must apply to King’s College for a place on the course and apply for funding using the form at the bottom of this webpage.

For further information and course dates please see the Kings College London website. 


e-learning for GPs

Upon completion of the module participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the principles of screenig and how they are applied in practice
  • Know what NHS antenatal and newborn screening programmes are available
  • Know where to find reliable informaton about screening
  • Be able to advise patients about the timing of screening tests
  • Feel confident to handle positive or missing screening results

Information on how to participate is available on the BMJ website


London Metropolitian University

London Metropolitian University delivers a module in haemoglobinopathies, which counts towards a masters degree in blood science.

The module is accrediated by the Institute of Biomedical Science and has been designed in conjunction with staff working in the from Viapath (a pathology partnership delivering services to parts of the NHS) and the NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia (SCT) Screening Programme.

The module is suitable for individuals with a BSc in a related science discipline, who gained a minimum grade of 2.2, or appropriate qualifications in , or experience of, biomedical scientist practice. It is worth 10 masters level credits and is taught by distance learning with scheduled tutor support.

For enquiries about applying and entry please contact the London Met admissions team on 02071334200 or by emailing

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