GSTT Virtual Prenatal Genetics Short Course 2022 - Online

Date: 17 Oct 2022 - 08 Nov 2022

Start time: 09:30AM

End time: 12:45PM

Venue: Online

Cost: £220 – £300

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GSTT Virtual Prenatal Genetics Short Course 2022 - Online

Opening times

Daytime event.

Topics

  • Pregnancy

This skills based course is designed to give midwives and other health professionals working in a prenatal testing setting tools to help them to enable patients to access appropriate onwards referral.

The course will take place on six half day sessions between 17th October 2022 and 29th November 2022 on Zoom:

  • 17 October
  • 18 October
  • 7 November
  • 8 November
  • 28 November
  • 29 November

Please note these sessions will not be repeated nor recorded.

Programme overview

Recent technological advances are shaping testing and counselling options in prenatal genetics.

This skills based course is designed to give midwives and other health professionals working in a prenatal testing setting 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.

The course will provide the background scientific knowledge needed to understand the theory behind the application of genetics in a prenatal setting. The scientific content will be complemented with case based examples and practical exercises to connect the scientific theory to the application in your day to day practice.

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.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course. CPD accredited by Royal College of Midwives.

Course Director: Charlotte Tomlinson

Sessions will be delivered by various GSTT expert speakers.

Agenda

Day 1

Monday, 17 October 2022

9:30am – 12:30pm

Introduction to Basic Genetics and Inheritance

Recognise basic inheritance patterns

Identify relevant family history and draw a family tree

  • Introductions
  • Basic Genetics
  • Genetics and Inheritance Patterns
  • Taking and drawing a family tree
  • Breakout group activity: Drawing a family tree

Day 2

Tuesday, 18 October 2022

9:30am – 12:45pm

Testing options in a Prenatal setting

Demonstrate the knowledge and communication skills to obtain informed consent for genetic testing in a prenatal setting

  • Types of Genetic Tests
  • Case Discussions 1
  • Communication Skills Activity 1
  • Consenting for Genetic Testing
  • Communications Skills Activity 2

Day 3

Monday, 7 November 2022

9:30am – 12:45pm

Testing options in a Prenatal setting continued

Compare types of genetic tests and recognise the situations that they might be used in

  • Types of tests and Results to expect
  • Non-invasive pre-natal testing introduction
  • Case Discussion 2
  • Preimplantation Genetic Testing
  • Communication Skills Activity 3

Day 4

Tuesday, 8 November 2022

9:30am – 12:20pm

Impact of a genetic condition

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

  • Scan Findings and Genetics
  • Invasive testing
  • Post-natal testing
  • Mock Genetic Counsellor Appointment
  • Case Discussions 3

Day 5

Monday, 28 November 2022

9:30am – 12:30pm

Impact of a genetic condition continued

Demonstrate the use of knowledge about genetic testing gained to discuss a patient’s pathway involving genetic testing in pregnancy

  • Introduction of Complex Case (step 1)
  • Complex Case (Step 2)
  • Complex case: Prenatal testing decision (Step 3)
  • Discussion about the complex case as a whole: what worked what didn’t work?
  • Impact of a Genetic Condition

Day 6

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

9:30am – 12:30pm

Emotional aspects

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

  • Emotional aspects of high risk cases
  • Resource and Signposting
  • Referring to Clinical Genetics
  • Communication Skills Exercise 4
  • FMU Midwife experience and Q&A