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Lynch Syndrome online training for pathologists

Lynch syndrome is a cancer predisposition syndrome in which the main concerns are colorectal and endometrial cancer. There is also a risk of other cancers, although less frequently.

The National Lynch Syndrome Project Team (lead by the North Thames & South East GMSA teams), in collaboration with Dr Nicholas West, Associate Professor of Pathology and Honorary Consultant in Gastrointestinal Pathology, University of Leeds, have launched an online training for pathologists which is currently available via the RM Partners West London Cancer Alliance.

This training includes modules focussed on both colorectal cancer and endometrial cancer pathways. It is recommended that participants take the modules and tests specific to the cancer pathway they work within.

The training involves watching two short videos which cover all the different stages of the Lynch syndrome pathway, and then completing the two related online questionnaires to ensure that you have understood correctly the processes and procedures for testing. In addition, the training provides a range of supporting documents to help understand this pathway.

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Whole Genome Sequencing: Patient Choice e-learning

Two e-learning courses on Patient Choice have been developed for NHS healthcare professionals who are ordering whole genome sequencing for patients with a suspected rare, inherited condition or cancer.

Developed by NHS East Genomic Laboratory Hub education and training lead Dr Gemma Chandratillake, the courses are now available nationally on Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) platform and offered in two pathways: one covering testing for a rare, inherited disease, and another covering testing for cancer.

Learners will explore the Patient Choice framework through textual, video and interactive content. On completion of the course, a short assessment will provide an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. Learners will then receive a record of feedback and be able to download a certificate of participation.

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Management of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia in General Practice eLearning course

Created by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), this course consists of two modules. Module 1 provides GPs and other Health Care Professionals with information about the causes and consequences of FH, how they can identify those in their practice most likely to have FH, and how these patients and their relatives should be managed. Module 2 covers the genetic causes of FH in more detail, suggests new search algorithms to help in patient identification, and describes novel lipid-lowering agents that are in development.

The primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the most important aspects of primary care and is particularly important for those patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). As the prevalence of heterozygous FH in the UK population is approximately 1 in 250, a typical practice with 10,000 patients might have up to 40 patients with a significantly increased risk of premature heart disease.

The condition is significantly underdiagnosed, and the 2017 NICE FH guideline has recommended case finding in primary care using electronic records as an acceptable and highly cost effective method for individual practices to identify patients who so far have not had the benefit of treatment. The NHS 2019 long-term plan has set an ambition to identify 25% of the predicted FH patients in the next 5 years, and achieving this will depend heavily on GP input.

This course was created by the Royal College for General Practitioners (RCGP). A grant was received by North Thames Genomic Laboratory Hub (based at GOSH), South East Genomic Medicine Service Alliance and Health Education England for the production of this resource. Editorial and content decisions were made solely by the RCGP.

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Lynch Syndrome online training for primary care clinicians

Lynch syndrome is a cancer predisposition syndrome in which the main concerns are colorectal and endometrial cancer. There is also a risk of other cancers, although less frequently.

RM Partners West London Cancer Alliance, in collaboration to Dr Kevin Monahan & Laura Monje-Garcia and as part of the National Lynch Syndrome Project, have launched a short piece of online training for primary care clinicians.

The training will help primary care physicians manage their Lynch syndrome patients as they first present at the GP surgery, and it covers the following:

  • A brief overview of Lynch syndrome
  • Their personalised cancer prevention programme
  • An introduction to the ‘Lynch syndrome quick guide’ and how it can help you identify and manage your patient’s care
  • How to manage their first-degree family members’ care

There is also ‘Lynch syndrome quick guide for primary care clinicians’ document available.

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Harvard Medical School: HMX

They say:

“HMX courses have been envisioned and created by a highly skilled interdisciplinary team of Harvard Medical School educators and creative professionals—each an expert in his or her own field. Together we craft curricula with integrated multimedia elements and didactic visuals focused on bringing medical concepts to life via real-world and clinical applications.

“We apply the science of learning and best practices in biomedical visualization to guide the development of our courses. Our goal is to help learners focus on the understanding and application of key scientific principles.

“Whether you’re catching up or getting ahead—or just looking for a new perspective on core medical concepts—we hope you’ll join us for HMX courses.”

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Genomics in healthcare

Gain insight into the role of genomic technologies across the breadth of medicine, with this flexible program of online courses from St George’s, University of London.

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Public health masterclass in genomics

As genomics continues to move into mainstream patient care, it should be considered in many facets of public health, such as controlling outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Therefore, a need exists for public health professionals to be aware of the power of genomics to bring benefits to patients and their families.

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Genomics 101: Inheriting Genomic Information

Learn how genomic information is passed from parent to child, and from cell to cell, in this short, flexible online course.

Part of a series of courses covering topics such as the impact of errors in the genome and how to record a genetic family history, this e-learning has been developed for healthcare professionals with little or no previous genomics knowledge.

At the end of each course, there is an opportunity for learners to demonstrate what they have learnt and download a certificate of participation.   

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Genomics 101: Taking and drawing a genetic family tree

Learn why a genetic family history is a valuable tool to help identify an inherited condition, and how to take and draw a family history yourself, in this short, flexible online course.

Part of a series of courses covering topics such as the structure of DNA and impact of errors in the genome, this e-learning has been developed for healthcare professionals with little or no previous genomics knowledge.

At the end of each course, there is an opportunity for learners to demonstrate what they have learnt and download a certificate of participation.   

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Genomics 101: From Genes to Genome

Learn about the core concepts around genomics in healthcare – including the structure of DNA, the purpose of genes, and our genome’s influence on our health – in this short, flexible online course.

Part of a series of courses covering topics such as how DNA is passed from parent to child and how to record family history, this e-learning has been developed for healthcare professionals with little or no previous genomics knowledge.

At the end of each course, there is an opportunity for learners to demonstrate what they have learnt and download a certificate of participation.