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Genomics nursing framework now open for consultation

Health Education England is inviting feedback on a framework that sets out the key competencies required of all nurses in a modern genomics health service.

Developed in partnership with nurses, the framework defines eight core competencies that the Genomics Education Programme (GEP) and associated expert authors believe all nurses will require as genomics becomes embedded in routine care.

These core competencies can then be built upon or incorporated into other frameworks for more specialist roles.

In the context of healthcare, genomics is the study of a person’s genetic material to achieve a diagnosis or inform treatment and management. Genomic testing is being used in the NHS for cancer and rare and infectious diseases and can lead to answers for patients where previously there appeared to be none.

Before the framework is finalised, the GEP is inviting stakeholders to review and comment on the competencies in a consultation which is open until November 8.

Professor Mark Radford, Chief Nurse for Health Education England, said:

"Nurses will play an integral role in leading care in genomics - from clinical treatments and research through to supporting patients and their families undergoing genomic testing.

“They will need the right knowledge, skills and behaviour to help them this effectively.

“I'd like to encourage all nurses to take the time to contribute to this important consultation. As genomics becomes embedded into routine care its important your views are heard to help shape the future of genomic education in nursing."

Further information on the framework and how to give your feedback can be found here:

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