National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre (UK)

The NHS National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre was established in 2005 and funded by the Department of Health as one of the major initiatives of the 2003 Genetics White Paper 'Our Inheritance, Our Future Realising the potential of genetics in the NHS'. One of the main aims of the Centre was to improve the understanding of genetics among healthcare professionals and its role in modern healthcare. This site provides web based resources for learning about genes and inheritance, causes of genetic conditions, identifying those at risk, modes of inheritance and how to understand, interpret and communicate genetic test results. Supporting education in genetics continues to be a key component of our work. However we have recently expanded this to include genomic healthcare. The Human Genomics Strategy Group 2012 report 'Building on our inheritance: Genomic technology in healthcare' confirmed the important role of the Centre in continuing to support non-genetics healthcare professionals and pre and post-registration healthcare professionals. Working together with healthcare professionals, educators, trainers, patient groups and professional organisations such as Royal Colleges, Higher Education Institutes and Healthcare Trusts, we: Raise awareness of the clinical applications of genetics and genomics Provide point of care information and tools Identify the genetics and genomics knowledge, skills and attitudes important for delivering patient care and publish the evidence underpinning this work Produce clear statements as learning outcomes and workforce competences about what needs to be learned, taught and delivered in practice Achieve the adoption of these statements into specialist curricula and educational delivery for medical practitioners, nurses, and some allied health professionals Develop and provide resources for learners, practitioners and educators, increasingly as technology enhanced learning Support educators in understanding and teaching genetics and genomics, including delivering Training The Trainers programmes

Type Website
CME Available No
Cost Free
Note This is a comprehensive website containing information on many aspects of genetics and genetic testing for a variety of audiences. The level seems geared toward those with little experience in genetics. There isn't a lot of advanced topics or information. However, lots of links to more detailed information are provided.
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Genomic Competencies

Experts from the disciplines listed below have tagged this resource as fulfulling genomic competencies.


  • Family History
    • P-FH1A:   Patient Care
      • 1A1:   Conduct patient interview to assemble family history
      • 1A2:   Use standard pedigree symbols in assembling family history
      • 1A6:   Formulate an action plan to address relevant family history information
    • P-FH1B:   Knowledge for Practice
      • 1B1:   Describe the basic patterns of Mendelian inheritance
    • P-FH1D:   Interpersonal and Communication Skills
      • 1D1:   Explain and document findings from family history to patient, including implications for other family members
    • P-FH1F:   Systems-Based Practice
      • 1F1:   Focus family history on problems relevant to the individual patient’s health
      • 1F2:   Facilitate patient’s desire to communicate relevant family history information among health providers and family members
    • P-FH1G:   Interprofessional Collaboration
      • 1G1:   Make appropriate referrals for specialty evaluation based on results of family history
  • Genomic Testing
    • P-GT2A:   Patient Care
      • 2A1:   Discuss the indications for genomic testing - specifically the benefits, risks, and alternatives
      • 2A6:   Order, interpret, and communicate the results of appropriate genomic tests, within the physician’s scope of practice
      • 2A7:   Provide referral to an appropriate specialist for genomic testing of a condition outside the physician’s scope of practice
      • 2A8:   Respond to the results of an abnormal genetic screening test, such as newborn screening, including immediate management and appropriate referral
    • P-GT2B:   Knowledge for Practice
      • 2B1:   Describe the major forms of genomic variability
      • 2B2:   Explain how different genomic changes may result in different phenotypes
      • 2B3:   Recognize that genomic tests require interpretation with respect to the patient’s clinical status (e.g., pathogenic, likely pathogenic, benign)
    • P-GT2D:   Interpersonal and Communication Skills
      • 2D2:   Explain and document findings from genomic testing to patient, including implications for other family members
    • P-GT2G:   Interprofessional Collaboration
      • 2G1:   Initiate responsible referrals to specialists or other health professionals
  • Patient Treatment Based on Genomic Results
    • P-PM3A:   Patient Care
      • 3A1:   Identify medical conditions and drug responses that have a strong genetic component
      • 3A2:   Recognize that variants affecting drug responses found in a patient may also have implications for other family members
      • 3A3:   Discern the potential clinical impact of genetic variation on risk stratification and individualized treatment
    • P-PM3B:   Knowledge for Practice
      • 3B3:   Recognize that genomic test results may guide choice of therapy for multifactorial disorders
      • 3B4:   Recognize that there is variability in the phenotypic expression of genetic variants and in response to therapy
      • 3B5:   Recognize that the effects of some medications are strongly influenced by inherited or somatically acquired genetic variation
    • P-PM3D:   Interpersonal and Communication Skills
      • 3D1:   Discuss benefits, risks, and alternatives of various preventive and therapeutic approaches driven by genomic findings
      • 3D2:   Communicate clearly with other medical professionals involved in the care of the patient about the therapeutic implications of the genetic information garnered about the patient 3D3. Discuss pharmacogenomics implications for future health
      • 3D3:   Discuss pharmacogenomics implications for future health