Supporting the development and delivery of education to health professionals

20081202_0174Halfway through its current ‘Teaching Genetics’ programme, NGEDC continues to facilitate and share innovative practices when it comes to teaching health professionals genetics and genomics.  

It was the turn of the second intake of genetics specialists to consider how health professionals learn. Using a blend of online and face-to-face teaching, the Teaching Genetics course introduced 16 genetic counsellors, community educators and genetics SpRs from around the country to the theory and practice of developing and delivering genetics and genomics education to other healthcare professionals.  Participants had diverse teaching experiences to reflect upon during the day, from teaching school children to MSc Genetic Counselling students. 

The Teaching Genetics course provided an excellent opportunity for delegates to share experiences and good practice. The course enabled delegates to be abreast of the latest teaching theories and practices and provided a toolkit of teaching resources participants could take away and use.

Having been introduced to the theories underpinning personal learning styles and principles of adult learning online, participants discovered the educational frameworks and learning outcomes in genetics that support education for healthcare professionals across the NHS.

Partcipant described the day as  ‘great,’ ‘informative and enjoyable’ and highlighted the session on presentation skills as particularly useful.Evaluation

When the group meet again in a month’s time, they will discover more about the importance of language when teaching genetics as well as how to develop skills in managing a classroom. They will also participate in a hands-on workshop, giving them the opportunity to develop educational multi-media resources.

The Centre will be running more of these courses for genetics specialists in the future. To express your interest, please email enquiries@geneticseducation.nhs.uk

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