This month saw the annual conference of the British Society for Human Genetics take place at the University of Warwick. As usual the NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre had an exhibition stand.

Lead for the Nursing Professions Programme, Maggie Kirk gave a presentation of the work that is being undertaken in collaboration with the University of Glamorgan, to evaluate new nursing posts within specialist services for inherited cardiac conditions. Funded by the British Heart Foundation, experienced cardiac nurses are being employed into the new role of Cardiac Genetic Nurse and are supporting and delivering some of the genetics aspects of care and information giving that individuals and families require. The 3 year evaluation period will end Autumn 2011.

Work was also presented in poster format at the conference and showcased the Centre’s work on • An effective model for teaching genetics to general practitioners • An updated genetics education framework for UK nurses, and • Using Google Analytics to inform strategy for the ‘Telling Stories, Understanding Real Life Genetics’ health professional education resource.

Posted on behalf of Emma Tonkin