Antenatal and newborn screening course now delivered online

Published: 31 March 2008 at 16:11

New online course to help busy healthcare professionals

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A new 15 week entirely online screening course for midwives and healthcare professionals is now available from Anglia Ruskin University’s

Faculty of Health and Social Care.  It utilises the rich variety of information now available on the web.  All that is required of students of the course is to have internet access for at least 5 hours a week and reasonable IT skills.  Tutorial support is provided through online discussion boards, email and telephone support.

‘Antenatal and Newborn Screening’ is a flexible and distance learning module that means students can study from anywhere in the county. So far, enquiries have come in from all across the UK and many from overseas including one from New Zealand. It is aimed at practitioners who want to explore the issues that impact on the screening that is offered to women and their families in the antenatal and newborn period.

Students will be encouraged to consider an overview of the current screening methods, ethical issues, communication, information giving and the parent’s perspective on screening. 

The module is being promoted by the UK National Screening Committee (NSC) which advises Ministers and the NHS in all four UK countries about all aspects of screening policy.

Module Leader, Louise Jenkins explains:

“This is very exciting news for busy antenatal-screening professionals who want to develop their career while they work with minimum disruption to their working routines. It is a new version of the more traditional Continuous Professional Development programme that is attracting much interest.”

“I have developed other e-learning courses for people working within clinical practice and this one seems just the right fit for the profile of student we are recruiting. Our students need maximum flexibility and that’s what this course offers.”

For further information on the course, please call Hannah Pollard on 0845 196 4610 or Louise Jenkins via email on or for an application form visit

Anglia Ruskin University has main campus locations at Chelmsford and Cambridge and now delivers higher education courses at Peterborough and King’s Lynn.