The NHS National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre was established in 2005 and funded by the Department of Health as one of the major initiatives of the 2003 Genetics White Paper 'Our Inheritance, Our Future – Realising the potential of genetics in the NHS'. One of the main aims of the Centre was to improve the understanding of genetics among healthcare professionals and its role in modern healthcare.
Supporting education in genetics continues to be a key component of our work. However we have recently expanded this to include genomic healthcare. The Human Genomics Strategy Group 2012 report 'Building on our inheritance: Genomic technology in healthcare' confirmed the important role of the Centre in continuing to support non-genetics healthcare professionals and pre and post-registration healthcare professionals.
Working together with healthcare professionals, educators, trainers, patient groups and professional organisations such as Royal Colleges, Higher Education Institutes and Healthcare Trusts, we:
More detailed information about our current priorities are available in our overview document 'Genetics and genomics for healthcare'.
An overview of the current work of the NHS National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre for 2013 - 2014
We have been identifying the learning needs and skill requirements of NHS healthcare professional groups, since our early work confirmed that most healthcare groups did not believe that genetics was relevant to their role. To do this we have sought views from patients, students, practitioners and educators and worked closely with the following NHS healthcare professional groups:
Learning outcomes, encompassing pre-registration to post-registration education, have been developed and adopted into curricula. We have also worked with representatives of over 12 allied health professional groups and Skills for Health to develop a workforce competence framework for genetics activities in practice, which were accepted as National Occupational Standards in July 2007.
In 2004 funding was given by the Department of Health for various service development initiatives to be set up which involved piloting the incorporation of genetics into mainstream services. Background information is available about these projects and initiatives.