Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:00

Introducing the Genomics Game

A new informal way to enhance and improve understanding of genetics and genomics and their application in healthcare

The GEP, in partnership with Focus Games, has developed an innovative and engaging board game that raises awareness of the role genomics plays in healthcare. The Genomics Game aims to start a bigger conversation about genomics for healthcare staff, particularly nurses and nursing associates who would like to feel more confident to discuss new scientific technology and what it means for patients.   

How does it work?

The game is played in two teams, with up to 12 players per team. The aim is to be the first team to collect five coloured discs to cover up the word “GENES” by answering a series of questions asked by the opposing team. 

The questions are designed to encourage discussion, which should enable participants to share experiences and learn from each other to acquire new knowledge. A facilitator is not required, and the game can be run as an informal group activity during a workshop or as part of a more structured training session. 

Early feedback

The game has been tested out several times and participants have found it to be a great learning experience: 

“We had some useful discussions and it helped us revise what we learnt in university", said one trainee nursing associate from the University of Northampton.

The Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality at Health Education England has also given her stamp of approval: 

“This is a really engaging and interactive way for nurses and midwives to get to grips with this exciting new science.” 

Copies of the game are now held by the education and training leads at each NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC). If you would like to use the game for training purposes, please contact your local training lead.If you would like more information about the game or how to get a copy please visit: https://www.genomicseducation.hee.nhs.uk/genomics-game/