Learn about the history, limitations, and ethical considerations of NIPT
Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) is a timely issue in the UK. Already available within the private healthcare system, this maternal blood test is set to be offered by England’s National Health Service (NHS).
On this course, healthcare professionals will be introduced to the development, technology, along with ethical and legal considerations of NIPT. You will consider how and when to discuss NIPT with patients and the importance of patient choice. You will reflect on current NIPT practices, your personal experiences in the healthcare system, and improvements for the future.
What topics will you cover?
- Overview of genetics: The fundamentals that underpin genomics
- NIPT: The discovery of fetal cell free DNA
- Developments of the scientific technology behind NIPT
- Clinical implementation and limitations of NIPT
- Information provision, communication and individualised choice
- Social and ethical implications of screening
- Current concerns and future developments of NIPT
When would you like to start?
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Who is the course for?
This course is for midwives, sonographers, and obstetricians. It is also ideal for GPs and genetic counsellors. Although the course will assume knowledge of healthcare at some point, the course might also be of interest to people considering NIPT.
Healthcare professionals might find the the Certificate of Achievement for this course useful for providing evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), or commitment to their career. You will need to upgrade on this course to receive a Certificate of Achievement when you are eligible.
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