Survey respondents included representation from all seven NHS Genomic Laboratory Hub regions and healthcare professionals with a range of experience with genomic testing. Around 29% (n=60 of 206 respondents) considered themselves specialists with extensive experience, 42% (n=86) had some experience, and 29% (n=60) had no experience with genomic testing.
Around 51% (n=121 of 239 respondents) said that they were not aware of the competency framework prior to learning about it via the survey. Of these, 56% (n=68) felt that it would be useful for several reasons. For example, the framework could be helpful to the nursing and midwifery workforce where certain specialist individuals may be involved in requesting and consenting patients to genomic tests, with the framework being used to evidence competence and support autonomous working in their practice.
Overall, the evaluation concluded that this competency framework meets a genuine and timely need among current and potential users, and provided early insights to support wider engagement with the framework. It identified ways in which promotion and accessibility of the framework can be improved for different healthcare professional groups.