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February 27, 2010

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» Fit for practice – in the Genomics Era?

When the competence-based genetics education framework for nurses and midwives (Fit for Practice in the Genetics Era) was launched in 2004, we said then that it should be reviewed in 5 years or so. Last Thursday (February 25th) at Birmingham, we met with 30 stakeholders (including patients and carers, nurse educators, practitioners, representatives from the NMC and RCN, and genetic counsellors) from across the UK to do just that.

Staff from the Centre (including Maggie and Emma) joined with colleagues Marcus Longley, Kevin McDonald and Heather Skirton in planning for what was a positive and successful day. Another colleague from the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, Ian Mansell, joined us to represent the RCN Learning Disability Forum. Jimby also came to lend support once again, and I was pleased to see him wearing his Wales badge!

We used real life stories (from Telling Stories)to form the basis of group discussions that considered the patient/family needs and the knowledge and skills needed by nurses to meet those needs. Through an iterative process, each group was able to comment on the issues identified by the other groups. In a plenary afternoon session, we then fed back on the group discussions, and used electronic voting to capture views.

It was a very busy and lively meeting and I was impressed with the level of commitment that people showed in engaging with the ‘business’ of the day – we had to shoo people away from the group work so that they could go and enjoy the lunch available!

Over the next few months, we will be refreshing the framework, based on the discussions held. What I hope will result is a framework that is fit for the genetics and genomics era.

October 5, 2009

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» Inherited high cholesterol – Wales to lead screening in the UK

Last week Edwina Hart (Health Minister for the Welsh Assembly Government) announced the introduction of a new screening programme to identify people who are at risk of heart attacks due to high cholesterol.

The partnership between WAG and the British Heart Foundation will fund the roll-out of a programme specifically aimed at identifying people at risk of an inherited form of high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolaemia). FH is a condition that affects 1 in 500 of the population, but often goes undiagnosed. Because of the way FH can be passed on (autosomal dominant inheritance), first degree relatives (parents, children, siblings) of individuals with the condition are at 50% risk of also having it. Press Release

March 25, 2009

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» Family History Tools are 'One to Watch'

Great news this week from colleagues at the NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre. Our Family History series of resources (which includes fact sheets, drawing tool and video scenario for drawing and taking a family history) won “The One to Watch Category” in the West Midlands NHS Innovation Competition 2008 held in Birmingham. The Centre will now go forward to the National Awards in London this month as a short-listed finalist in the Diagnostics & Therapeutics Category.

Pocket sized drawing tools (like ours – see below) with cut out shapes to keep symbols consistent when drawing a family history are available – Great for those who know what they are doing. We work with health professionals from outside the area of genetics who often require support to get started. What is innovative about this tool is that both sides contain information on how to begin to draw a history and the sorts of details that needs to be recorded.

All our resources are freely available from the Centre for educational use and more will be added over the coming months. Click here to view some of the resources currently available.

If you take a look at any of them please post a comment on the blog – we are always looking for feedback.

Family History Drawing Tool

Centre Manager Candy Cooley and colleague Michelle Madeley accept the award

December 3, 2008

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» The news just gets better.

Hot off the wire: The NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre’s Family History series of resources (see blog below) has, this afternoon, come runner up in the National Awards in London in the Diagnostics & Therapeutics Category.