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Training and e-learning

Training resources on these pages are developed for all staff involved in screening in the NHS in England.


Education and Training

Education and training framework

Our education and training framework is informed by the UK NSC strategy on education and training. The framework is also informed by other Programme policies, including our mission statement and our training and education strategy which states that "The Programme's educational reach covers any member of the wider health and social care team who may have any reason to be involved with members of the public and /or patients in the context of a discussion about genetic and more specifically haemoglobinopathy related conditions". The strategy also identifies that training and education framework will be informed by evaluation.

The education and training framework aims are to:

• Implement a uniform education and training framework across England
• Support consolidation across the linked screening and care pathway and across the national screening programme areas
• Work alongside the UK National Screening Committee (NSC) professional generic training programmes
• Encourage widespread use of web based resources
• Address issues of train the trainer approach
• Implement a follow on from the PEGASUS programme after 2011
• Support public outreach work and awareness raising

The Programme is currently re-developing an e-learning Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Training Module. The Programme also provides a Laboratory e-learning module, a Laboratory Training Workshop, a Genetic Risk Assessment and Counselling Training Module and a Haemoglobinopathies: Short Counselling Course at Kings College London.


The laboratory e-learning modules is free and easy to register and enjoyable to work through. A certificate will be provided on successful completion of each module. Those managing training locally will be able to access a report of numbers completed in each trust/university. For more information please contact The NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme centre.

Laboratory eLearning modules

Other training

You may be interested in other training opportunities which can be accessed through the links below: External training


Laboratory Training Workshops

The NHS Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Screening Programme Centre in collaboration with London Metropolitan University ran CPD accredited Training Days for Antenatal & Newborn Screening Laboratory Staff on the 9th April 2014 in London and on the 1st May 2014 in Leeds.  Bursary places were available and delegates paid only £20.00 to attend the Training Day.  Non-NHS staff were also welcome to attend the Training Day at a cost £120.00 per delegate. The Training Workshop is suitable for both antenatal and newborn screening laboratory staff, and haematologists with an interest in screening. These will be run again in 2015. Dates will be advertised next year.


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