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“Many genetic counselors will, at some point in their career, work alongside policy makers either at a local, regional, or national level. This commentary reflects my personal experience of working with policy makers in the National Health Service (NHS) in England. It outlines the challenges I faced and the lessons that I learnt along the way. This article is not meant to be a ‘how to guide’, rather to provide some practical tips to those new to working in policy and strategy. Throughout this commentary, I have compared working with policy makers with other areas that I have worked in, including genetic counseling, and shown how I have drawn on different skills to support this new area of my work. I hope that others will be able to reflect on my experience and see how they can also use their own attributes in similar situations.”

This abstract is from the Genomics Education Programme-affiliated manuscript published in February 2021 in the academic journal Journal of Genetic Counselling. The full article can be obtained via visiting the hosting journal’s webpage at: https://doi.org/10.1002/jgc4.1368