This module provides an overview of genetic haemochromatosis, including the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and management of the condition.

This learning and development initiative is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners*.

Upon completion, 2 CPD points are awarded. This module was revised in September 2023.

What is genetic haemochromatosis?

Genetic haemochromatosis (GH), also known as hereditary haemochromatosis is a relatively common but under-diagnosed condition. Due to the generic nature of early symptoms, diagnosis can be missed, misdiagnosed, or diagnosed late. Late diagnosis increases the risk of the development of serious complications.

Increasing primary care healthcare practitioners' knowledge of this condition can lead to earlier diagnosis, allowing for timely treatment and possible reduction in GH related complications. This module also gives an overview regarding the genetic/psychological aspects of being diagnosed with a hereditary condition, which can require lifelong treatment.

Aims and learning outcomes

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of GH, exploring the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and management of this condition. The possible complications of treatment will be examined to allow healthcare practitioners to consider the physical and psychological aspects that should be addressed when managing those diagnosed with this condition.

After completing the module and reflection activities you should be able to:

  • Describe the signs and symptoms that might indicate GH
  • Identify the blood tests required to diagnose GH and be able to interpret the results
  • Discuss the implications of GH on those diagnosed with the condition and their family and/or carers

Haemochromatosis UK gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Shears Foundation in developing this resource and making it freely available to all.

Start here 

The first step of the module is to undertake a short assessment to test your current understanding of genetic haemochromatosis. We'll score your answers and you will receive an email with your grade.

Test your existing knowledge with our online quiz (6 minutes)

At the end of this module, you'll be asked to complete another brief assessment. Completion of both tests is an important aspect of the module and CPD points are only awarded after both elements are successfully completed. 

Next Steps

Start the eLearning course here

*Accredited from 12 September 2022 until 11 November 2024. We recommend using Chrome, Safari or Firefox browsers - please ensure you have accepted cookies to access the course.