Module lead: Dr Laura Boyes

Module code: 01 27586

Credits: 15

Attendance: Teaching delivered in an initial block of three consecutive days, followed after four-six weeks by a further two-day block

Module dates: 9-11 January, 6-7 February 2019

Learning hours: 150 hours – teaching and private study

Three places are available for NHS staff onThis is an introduction to counselling skills for genomics. Students undertaking this module will be taught how to communicate and provide appropriate support to individuals and their families. Development of counselling skills will be achieved via theoretical and practical sessions. Students will understand the importance of a family history and communication of pathogenic and/or uncertain results.

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Explain and justify the importance of and application of informed consent in the field of genomic medicine generally and as applied to the 100,000 Genomes Project
  • Explain the different purposes of genomic testing in patients with rare inherited diseases, cancer and infectious diseases
    Explain genomic results in terms of diagnosis prediction and uncertainty
  • Describe and evaluate the skills necessary to support individuals who have genomic results that affect their care including the underpinning evidence base and patient perspective
  • Discuss the concepts of genetic and genomic predispositions to illnesses
  • Discuss the consequences of genomic test results on the patient and the wider family including incidental findings drawing on the published evidence base and personal experiences of patients, carers and the wider family
  • Evaluate and discuss the communication and counselling skills needed to engage and communicate effectively in a compassionate manner with patients, their carers and the wider family
  • Explain the range of screening pathways used to test for inherited and acquired disorders and evaluate their effectiveness including how they support clinical decision making
  • Discuss and critically evaluate current and potential future ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) of genome testing and whole genome sequencing

Assessment: The module will be assessed via a case-study presentation and a 3000-word essay (essay submission date typically around five-six weeks after the teaching).