Rapid advances in genetic technologies are leading to a more detailed understanding of how the human genome, and that of a tumour cell and infective organism, functions. This knowledge, through research and trials, is translating into clinical applications that are significantly improving patient outcomes. Clinical application of genomic information can already be seen in dietetics, diabetes, targeted drug therapy and prevention of adverse drug reactions, deciphering developmental disorders, in addition to refining outcomes for a wide range of genetic conditions.
The potential for improved healthcare, guided by genetics and genomics, places greater emphasis on individual healthcare professionals and providers to ensure the full mix of genetics and genomics knowledge, understanding and skills required to take full advantage of the advances for the health and wellbeing of individuals and their families.
The Genetics and Genomics in Clinical Practice for non-genetics Healthcare Professionals standards, developed by the NGGEC in conjunction with Skills for Health, describe the functions with a genetics or genomics basis referenced to the generic patient pathway shown. They will facilitate the development of appropriate functions within specific roles in the patient care pathway.
The generic patient pathway
As a healthcare professional, you should select and use the standards describing the functions that are part of your role. Healthcare providers should use those standards relevant to the agreed professional role to include in a job description. Some standards will be widely applicable to all roles, while others will be relevant only to specially trained healthcare professionals.
* This standard is a generic standard that applies across many clinical areas. It has been pulled into this framework as being appropriate in some instances in the care pathway of patients with genetic conditions e.g. when referring to specialist genetic services.
Further information and details about the purpose and utility of the Genetics and Genomics NOS are available in the Frequently Asked Questions section.