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What is Genetic Counselling?

January 27

Learn about genetic counselling and how to become a genetic counsellor with this online course for healthcare professionals.

 

  • Duration: 6 weeks live, 2 hours per week
  • Free
  • Certificate of achievement available on satisfactory completion
  • Start Date: The course is run ‘live’ for 6 weeks from the start date above. Once this period is over there will be no live monitoring of the forums, but you can still join and complete the course during the remaining period.

 

What topics will you cover?

  • Why people would see a genetic counsellor
  • Some of a genetic counsellor’s key tasks
  • A genetic counsellor’s key skills and knowledge: counselling skills, medical and scientific knowledge
  • Ethical issues in genetic counselling
  • What the future might hold for genetic counsellors

 

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Identify why people have genetic counselling and the different contexts in which people receive genetic counselling
  • Describe the different skills and knowledges needed by genetic counsellors
  • Compare genetic counselling in different contexts and different countries
  • Reflect on some ethical issues that arise in genetic counselling
  • Discuss the role of genetic counselling in healthcare as we enter the ‘genomic era’.
With any Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) test ordered, a Record of Discussion (RoD) form will also need to be submitted. This document is to record the patient’s consent for genomic testing and their choice on taking part in research. Guidance on the patient choice conversation can be found here
 
This RoD form will be available for clinicians to download from this webpage. Once completed with the patient, it can be send to the lab with the corresponding test order form and sample.
Tests available to order will be listed in the National Genomic Test Directory. A test order form will soon be made available for clinicians on this webpage to download and complete. This form will include the address of the laboratory that the appropriate sample and completed form needs to be sent to.

Until the new Genomic Laboratory Service goes live, please continue to follow existing test order processes.
 
From April 2019 the interactive test ordering tool will be integrated into the National Genomics Informatics System (NGIS) and clinicians will be able to directly order tests online.