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Genetic Inheritance for the Pregnancy Pathway: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

Explore genetics and genomics in maternity healthcare and apply principles to provide high quality care.

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Genetic Inheritance for the Pregnancy Pathway: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

Discover different types of genetic inheritance and understand genomic testing

Genomics is an ever-developing area of healthcare, and genetic tests are being mainstreamed, becoming more accessible than ever before. That’s why it’s important for professionals providing primary and secondary care to understand genetic inheritance so they can provide appropriate quality of care to their patients.

On this two-week course, you’ll learn about the different types of genetic inheritance, delving deeper into Mendelian inheritance and its potential deviations. There will be a focus on genomics in the pregnancy pathway, providing a practical guide for midwives and other practitioners delivering maternity care.

Develop practical skills for taking patient history and drawing pedigrees

An important part of recognising inherited disorders is in taking family histories and drawing family trees. You’ll learn key principles for taking family and patient history, then use those skills to gain practical experience in drawing pedigrees.

Recognise genomic conditions in prenatal and antenatal development

Using case examples, you’ll look at how you can improve care pathways and referrals, specifically throughout pregnancy care. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss current ethical issues in genetic testing, such as the ethical implications of offering genetic testing, and how genetic testing could be mainstreamed into maternity services.

Learn from experts in the field of genomics

With clinicians at the forefront of providing clinical genomic services, The South East Genomic Medicines Service Alliance (GMSA) has specialist expertise and understanding in genomics, in particular workforce training and education.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    The principles of genetic inheritance in healthcare

    • Welcome to the course

      In these first few steps, you will be introduced to the course and the educators and obtain an overview of the learning objectives and content to be covered in the first week.

    • Patterns of inheritance Part 1

      The first part of the week will explore autosomal dominant and recessive patterns of inheritance. We have provided details of some conditions you may recognise in practice.

    • Patterns of inheritance Part 2

      In the second part of the week, we look at sex linked inheritance, x-linked conditions, and chromosome rearrangement inheritance.

    • Summary of the week

      The final part of the week is to consolidate and reflect on learning.

  • Week 2

    The practicalities of taking a family history and recognising deviations

    • The principles of pedigree drawing

      In these first steps of the week, we are going to introduce you to the art of history taking and drawing a pedigree through different activities.

    • Additional considerations to genetic inheritance and testing

      Genetic inheritance does not always follow the simple principles described in week one. You will learn more about the deviations from the standard principles as well as the ethical, social and legal issues of genetic testing.

    • Standardising care

      In this section, we will cover how to get the best out of a consultation. We will explore both the clinician and patient views.

    • Summary

      With conversations about mainstreaming genomics already in the air, tell us what you think as we come to the end of the course.

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You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe dominant, recessive, x-linked and complex inheritance
  • Identify examples of genomic conditions, including the ones they are most likely to encounter in antenatal care
  • Demonstrate the ability to draw a pedigree
  • Apply the principles of pedigree drawing to recognise modes of inheritance
  • Identify deviations from mendelian inheritance
  • Evaluate further individual learning needs to provide high quality care

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily designed for midwives. It may also be of interest to those involved in the pregnancy pathway such as primary care physicians, nurses, and health visitors, as well as medical and healthcare undergraduates.

While the course will generally assume knowledge appropriate to healthcare professionals, anyone interested in assessing their own family genetic history may find the course useful.

Who will you learn with?

I am a midwife working at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

My main interests are in genomics and fetal medicine.

I am currently studying an MSc in Genomic medicine.

I am a Principal Genetic Counsellor based at St George's Hospital .

I work with patients in cardiac, prenatal, general and cancer genetics and have a special interest in education and training

I am a General and Prenatal Genetic Counsellor at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

I trained as a genetic counsellor via the Scientist Training Programme at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Who developed the course?

St George's, University of London

St George’s is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research.

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