Genomics in Nursing and Midwifery

GEP Genomics in Nursing overview page

Platform for nurses to learn more about genomics and how it applies to their role and gain access to learning opportunities, teaching aids and clinical resources.

GEP Genomics in Midwifery overview page

Platform for midwives to learn more about genomics and how it is used in practice and gain access to recommended courses, teaching aids, key documents and guidance.

Genetic Counselling resources for
genetic nurses and counsellors

Includes useful documents, videos and links to other websites recommended by the AGNC for genetic nurses and counsellors.

GEP Online Courses

Recommended courses for nursing colleagues to cover all the basics:

  • Genomics 101: Genomics in Healthcare
  • Genomics 101: Taking and Drawing a Genetic Family History
  • Genomics 101: Talking Genomics
  • Facilitating Genomic Testing: Introduction to Offering Genomic Tests
  • Facilitating Genomic Testing: Discussing Diagnostics Germline Genomic Tests

Master’s in Genomic Medicine

The Master’s in Genomic Medicine is a flexible educational programme designed to provide healthcare professionals with a multidisciplinary perspective on genomics and its applications in healthcare. 

It is a flexible framework offering a range of qualifications. Individuals can undertake continued personal and professional development (CPPD) modules, a postgraduate certificate or diploma, or a full Master’s degree.  

Funding is currently available for standalone CPPD modules up to 31st March 2023.

Nursing & Midwifery Genomics Ambassador Masterclass: What does good genomic healthcare look like?

On the 26th April, 2023 the South East Genomics Medicine Service Alliance held its first Nursing and Midwifery Genomics Ambassador Masterclass. The event was the launch of our Genomics Ambassador (GA) Programme for Nurses and Midwives to support the embedding of genomics in everyday practice. We wanted to share with the GAs the NHSE vision for genomic healthcare, resources for education and training and examples of good practice to see what is feasible in a variety of healthcare settings. The event was a consolidation of our nursing & midwifery network across the region with representation from all SEGMSA NHS Trusts.

Please click the download button below to review all presentations from the masterclass.

The Transformation of Nursing & Midwifery In The Genomics Era

On the 16th May, 2023 the South East Genomics Medicine Service Alliance held The Transformation of Nursing and Midwifery Conference. This event showcased the transformative and instrumental role of specialist genomics nurses and midwives to influence systems change with an ultimate objective of mainstreaming genomic medicine and to modernise NHS services. The aim of the conference was to give staff a strong understanding of genomics to provide effective care and counselling to patients. This event was open to both practicing clinicians and students.

Please click the download button below to review all presentations from the Conference.

National Genetic Epilepsy Study Day

On the 10th November, 2023 the South East Genomics Medicine Service Alliance held The National Genetic Epilepsy Study Day. This event will serve as comprehensive session for Nurses and Midwives to support knowledge and skill development in the care of patients and families with suspected or at risk for genetic forms of epilepsy. We also showcased a good models of practice, latest research studies and provided networking opportunities. This was national event and all nurses, midwives and allied health professionals at all levels of practice in epilepsy where invited.

Please click the download button below to review all presentations from the Conference.

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.