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Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) Online Course launch

August 10 2020

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Course

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT): An Introduction for Healthcare Professionals

Get broad insight into the key issues surrounding Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing with this free online course for healthcare professionals, accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.

Topics covered:

  • 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

Find out more details on the FutureLearn course page.

With any Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) test ordered, a Record of Discussion (RoD) form will also need to be submitted. This document is to record the patient’s consent for genomic testing and their choice on taking part in research. Guidance on the patient choice conversation can be found here
This RoD form will be available for clinicians to download from this webpage. Once completed with the patient, it can be send to the lab with the corresponding test order form and sample.
Tests available to order will be listed in the National Genomic Test Directory. A test order form will soon be made available for clinicians on this webpage to download and complete. This form will include the address of the laboratory that the appropriate sample and completed form needs to be sent to.
Until the new Genomic Laboratory Service goes live, please continue to follow existing test order processes.
Later this year, the online test ordering tool for Whole Genome Sequencing will be integrated into the National Genomics Informatics System (NGIS) and clinicians will be able to search or filter to find a clinical indication, confirm eligibility criteria and start the test request process for their patient.