This course is intended to help healthcare professionals understand the important areas to cover with patients and their families when discussing a diagnostic genomic test. This includes understanding possible results from these tests, in order to provide patients with information about potential outcomes.
Why take this course?
This course is designed to provide you with background information about areas to cover with your patients when discussing diagnostic genomic tests. It forms part of a series of courses that provides best-practice guides to help learners enable informed patient choice about genomic tests and consider practical and ethical aspects to genomic testing.
The series aims to provide you with a foundation for addressing genomic testing with patients, or to refresh your knowledge if you are already doing this in practice.
Who is this course aimed at?
This course is primarily targeted at any healthcare professional working in the NHS that will be involved in requesting germline genomic tests in the GMS for diagnostic purposes. Individuals accessing this course are expected to already have a fundamental understanding of genomics in relation to their clinical practice.
If you are or will be requesting genomic testing in your clinical practice, it is important that you are aware of any local or regional requirements to evidence your competence to do so. Completing this course may form part of this evidence, and a certificate demonstrating completion can be accessed once you have undertaken the assessment of the course.
What will I learn?
You will learn about the important areas to cover with patients and their families when discussing a diagnostic genomic test, which may include a single gene, gene panel, microarray, exome or whole genome sequencing. This includes understanding possible results from these tests, in order to provide patients with information about potential outcomes.
How will I learn?
You will learn through textual content, images and videos. On completion of the course, a short assessment will provide an opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned. You will then be able to receive a record of your feedback and obtain a downloadable certificate of participation.
To learn more about facilitating genomic testing in the GMS, take a look at these other courses in the Facilitating Genomic Testing:
- Introduction to Offering Genomic Tests
- The National Genomic Research Library
- Discussing Targeted Germline Genomic Tests
- Data and Sample Management in the NHS Genomic Medicine Service