Doctor with patient

New RCGP genomics toolkit launched

GPs can now access tailored training resources, links to relevant guidance, and resources for patients in this handy collection

Genomic testing is increasingly being used as part of routine NHS patient care, not least because of the new NHS Genomic Medicine Service. This, coupled with an increase in the use of direct-to-consumer DNA tests, is anticipated to lead to a rise in the numbers of patients going to their GP with questions and concerns.

To help primary care professionals understand the increasing importance of genomics in primary care and help them answer patients’ questions, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), in partnership with the Genomics Education Programme (GEP), has created a new genomics toolkit for primary care practitioners. The comprehensive collection contains a number of helpful resources, definitions, guidance and resources for patients.

Breadth and depth

The toolkit is made up of eight sections, each covering a different theme:

  • The impact of genomics on primary care
  • Aiding genomics conversations
  • Training resources
  • Disease summaries
  • Guidance
  • Research
  • Patient resources
  • Ethics and genomics

Uses for the toolkit

The toolkit has been designed for use by the entire primary care clinical team. The content has been developed to reflect the RCGP genetics in primary care curriculum, as well as addressing gaps in knowledge and skills in genomics identified by the GEP.

The toolkit can be used as a quick reference or as a complete package for CPD, to inform awareness-raising and educational events, or to support trainees preparing for post-graduate membership (MRCGP).

Further resources

In addition to the toolkit, the GEP has a dedicated webpage for primary care professionals, which contains a range of resources including videos, articles, courses and guides tailored to meet the needs of primary care professionals.