As the applications of genetic and genomic technology in clinical practice are increasing, so too is the need for health professionals to learn about the genetics and genomics relevant to their clinical practice. The Human Genomics Strategy Group confirmed the importance of supporting healthcare educators in meeting this increasing demand.
This report, published by the Human Genomics Strategy Group in January 2012, sets out a strategic vision for how the healthcare system in the UK – and particularly in the NHS – can benefit from the mainstream adoption of genomic technology. It also provides specific recommendations on the steps that need to be taken to realise this vision.
There are currently specific learning outcomes available for medical students, non-genetics specialist registrars and registrars in general practice. For other healthcare professionals, we have developed learning outcomes for specific clinical activities.
It would not be possible for us to cover every teaching situation or student group so within some sections we have made suggestions as to how you might adapt the session for different student groups.
Education in genetics needs to be a continuing process, not least to embrace new advances. The Centre has therefore identified, developed and supported a continuum of genetics education within health professional education. The continuum links the learning outcomes covering core genetics concepts in pre-registration health professional training to the genetics activities a health professional may carry out in clinical practice.
We are continually developing resources and e-learning modules which you may wish to include as pre-session work or post session consolidation. If you feel that there are some specific resources that you would find helpful please contact us and we will try to assist you.
The sessions are based on the outcomes of our work to develop learning outcomes and clinical competences in genetics and genomics and take into account the Health Education England Education Outcomes Framework.
Together with various groups of healthcare professionals, their representatives or professional bodies we have developed learning outcomes for genetics education. A consensus between the various stakeholders was reached resulting in the development of a set of nationally agreed learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are currently out for review to ensure they include the latest developments in genomic healthcare.
Use this document as a reference of the framework of learning outcomes in genetics for UK medical students.
Specialist trainee registrars
Use this document as a reference of the framework of learning outcomes in genetics for non-genetics medical specialty registrars.
General practice associates in training
This curriculum statement,which includes the learning outcomes in genetics that need to be addressed by general practioners, is based on the original statement 6 'Genetics in Primary Care' in the 2007 RCGP curriculum.
Nurses & midwives
A summary of how the NGGEC developed learning outcomes for nurses in genomics to complement earlier work on genetic learning outcomes.
A set of learning outcomes for nurses carrying out activities which require the use of interpreted genomic information.
Supplementary information and recommended resources to support the learning outcomes for nurses in genomics.
Use this document as a reference of the framework of competences in genetics for nurses.
Use this framework of learning outcomes in genetics to develop educational tasks based on the Genetic Activities in Clinical Practice section of the website.