One day study days on screening for Down's syndrome have been held at the Wolfson Institute since 1994.
To ensure that the courses have a relaxed and informal feel we limit the group size to about twenty participants. This enables the course to be interactive with participants able to freely ask questions and participate in discussions.
Most of the teaching is lecture based although the day includes a visit to the screening laboratory providing participants with an insight into the workings of the screening programme.
The programme for the one-day study days is based around first and second trimester screening for Down's syndrome and includes the following:
- Medical and genetic characteristics of Down's syndrome
- Principles of screening
- Nuchal translucency & serum markers
- Performance of the screening tests
- National guidelines and standards
- Other conditions indicated by the screening test
- Monitoring a screening programme
- 20 week ultrasound markers: are they useful in screening for Down's syndrome?
- Laboratory considerations
- Visit to the screening laboratory
- Workshop: interpreting results and monitoring programmes using computer software
- Possible new markers and methods of screening for Down's syndrome
- Information-giving: pre-test information and reporting screening results
Lectures are interspersed with discussion sessions and workshops. The workshops enable participants to gain 'hands-on' experience of the screening process and encourage a deeper understanding. Participants are provided with a course folder containing comprehensive notes to accompany all of the lectures and presentations, along with information leaflets and counselling aides.
The course provides participants with the knowledge and confidence to discuss screening tests for Down’s syndrome with patients in detail. By the end of the day you will be able to:
- Talk with confidence about the performance of different screening methods and the differences between them.
- Understand the method of risk calculation and the factors used in this.
- Confidently explain an individuals’ screening result, discussing the MoM values and the effect of the individual markers on the risk.
- Define other conditions that the tests screen for and other conditions that are sometimes identified from a high risk result.
- Understand the data needed to monitor your screening programme and assess whether it is performing as expected.
- Understand the process of sample analysis in the laboratory.
- Discuss current areas of research into new screening markers and methods.
- Confidently give pre-test information about the screening tests and report screen positive and screen negative results to patients.
The course fee is £90.
Payment can be made by credit card, cheque or invoice. To pay by credit card please follow this link.
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Here are some comments from the participants of the intensive courses that have been held over the past twenty years:
"Very well organised and fun. Despite it being a full day, the variety and length of the lectures was excellent. Well worth the journey. Thank you."
"I have been working in FMU for only a few months and will soon be counselling women with screen positive results. This course has given me the confidence to take this on and the course book will be a very useful resource for the future."
"An excellent study day, informative, interesting and relevant. Having a small number of participants was definitely preferable to a large lecture hall of people."
"Well organised and interesting. The workshops gave an insight into the whole process. I also at last understand MoMs!."
"I wish I had done this course four years ago when I first worked in the ANC. Everyone counselling should attend this course."
For more information about the course please contact:
Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Queen Mary University of London
London, EC1M 6BQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 6258
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 6290