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Genomic Practice for Genetic Counsellors

February 2 2021 @ 9:00 AM - February 5 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Genomic Counselling-Genomic Practice

The fundamental aspects of genomics and bioinformatics that underpin clinical practice


This Wellcome Genome Campus UK course aims to meet the training needs of genetic counsellors, and nurses providing genetic healthcare, as they upskill in response to the roll-out of genomic sequencing in the clinic. This year’s course will focus on the practical applications of genomics with several ‘hands-on’ workshop sessions.


Topics covered:

  • The role of genomics in healthcare
  • Cancer genomics
  • Cardiac genomics
  • Testing in the real world
  • Variant interpretation
  • Functional studies and analysis
  • Visualising and reporting genomic data
  • The (future) role of genetic counsellors in genomic healthcare

The course is aimed at practicing Genetic Counsellors and Nurses delivering genetic healthcare and working directly with patients in the UK or internationally. Applications from clinicians delivering genetic healthcare are also welcomed.

View the full programme and apply from the Wellcome Genome Campus UK course page.

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.
Later this year, the online test ordering tool for Whole Genome Sequencing will be integrated into the National Genomics Informatics System (NGIS) and clinicians will be able to search or filter to find a clinical indication, confirm eligibility criteria and start the test request process for their patient.