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Monday 9 September 2013 9:30am - 4:00pm

Diagnoses and Dilemmas

In the fast-moving world of prenatal testing, we need to ensure we retain the goal of providing high quality woman-centred services. This one-day conference brings together experts working in the field to explore latest developments and the challenges they present to practice. The day will cover both clinical advances and psychosocial implications for parents.

Organised by Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) and British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), this conference will have something to offer all professionals involved in providing antenatal care and those with an interest in this ethically-charged area of healthcare.

Time and place: 09.30am - 16.00pm, The Burdett Suite, The Kings Fund, Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN. See here for a map.


9.30: Registration and coffee

10.00: Chair’s welcome
Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives

10.10: Opening address
Dr Catherine Calderwood – NHS Clinical Director, Maternity and Women’s Health.

10.30: Supporting women’s choices
Jane Fisher – Director of Antenatal Results and Choices

11.00: Avoiding disability: choices, means and ends
Professor Jenny Hewison – Professor of the Psychology of Healthcare, University of Leeds

11.30: Coffee

12.00: Choice of TFA method: the role of the independent sector
Dr Richard Lyus – BPAS clinician

12.30: Choice of TFA method: the NHS experience
Karen Creed – Antenatal Screening Co-ordinator, BSUH NHS Trust

1.00: Discussion

1.15: Lunch

2.15: Improving outcomes in high risk pregnancies
Professor Steve Robson – Professor of Fetal Medicine, institute of cellular medicine, Newcastle University

2.45: Non-invasive Prenatal Testing – where are we now and what’s next?
Professor Lyn Chitty – Professor of Genetics and Fetal Medicine, UCL Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street and UCLH NHS Foundation Trusts, London

3.15: Latest developments in detecting fetal anomaly through ultrasound
Professor Kypros Nicolaides – Director of the Harris Birthright Trust Research Centre for Fetal Medicine, London

3.45: Chair’s closing remarks
Ann Furedi, Chief Executive, British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Booking fees

£110 Doctors, health service managers
£85 Midwives, sonographers, nurses
£60 Students

Fees include lunch and all refreshments, attendance certificate and delegate materials.

How to book a place:

You can book a place online here.

To make a telephone booking, please call: 020 7713 7356

To pay by post, send a cheque payable to ‘ARC’ to: ARC, 345 City Road, London, EC1V 1LR