In January, the Centre’s digital team designed and developed a new website for the RAPID project about non-invasive prenatal testing and diagnosis (NIPT/D).
The NGGEC would like to thank everyone who took the time to review the draft revised national occupational standards (NOS) for genetics and genomics for non-genetics healthcare professionals, which concluded in February.
Making a difference to patients’ lives
To mark this year’s Rare Disease Day on 28 February, the National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre invited The AKU Society to write a post reflecting on the work that is being done to tackle this rare disease – and how this benefits not just patients, but their families, carers and beyond.
February 28 is International Rare Disease Day for 2014. To mark the day we offer answers here to 6 key questions about rare diseases and their treatment in the UK
1) What is a rare disease?
The UK’s Department of Health define a ‘rare’ disease as one which:
- has an incidence of less than 1 in 2000 people
- and is a life-threatening or chronically debilitating disease
- and requires special combined efforts to enable patients to be treated effectively. Continue reading
Stakeholder consultation on review of occupational standards for genetics and genomics for non-genetics health professionals
Following the completion of the first phase of revising the workforce competences – where we obtained input from experts in various healthcare sectors including oncology, cardiology, diabetes, ophthalmology, general practice and public health – the National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre (NGGEC) has revised the current suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) developed in 2007. The revisions have been undertaken to reflect advances in genetics and genomics since then.
In conjunction with Skills for Health, the Centre is reviewing and revising the National Occupational Standards for Genetics. These form the framework of genomics and genetics knowledge required by non-genetics healthcare staff http://www.geneticseducation.nhs.uk/for-service-developers-126/workforce-competences/competence-framework.