Now live: Genomics communication skills survey

Have your say in the development of a new collection of ‘talking genomics’ elearning

NHS England’s Genomics Education Programme has announced plans to develop a series of online modules to help support all healthcare professionals with building their communication skills around genomics and rare diseases.

The modules will aim to upskill any and all healthcare professionals in communicating about genomics in practice, and will cover topics including taking a family history, risk and uncertainty in the genomic setting, introducing genomic testing, consent, and returning results to patients and families. Individual modules will be available to access at any time and learners will be able to freely work through them as they wish to fulfil their individual learning needs.

Get involved

As part of the development process, the course team are inviting all healthcare professionals to get involved by filling out an anonymous, 10-minute survey, which will close at 5pm on Friday 28 June.

The survey will help to answer some key questions before work on the modules begins, including:

  • if, and how often, healthcare professionals communicate with patients and families about genomics;
  • which topics are most important for healthcare professionals to learn about;
  • how much time should be spent learning about communication skills around genomics; and
  • what the preferred options are for practising communication skills within an online module.

All responses to the survey are anonymous and no identifiable information, such as name or email address, will be requested. Information around professional group/specialty will be collected to help inform decision-making around the resource.

For more information about the survey or the wider project, please contact Danielle Bogue.