About the AGNC
The Association of Genetic
Nurses and Counsellors is an organisation representing genetic
counsellors, genetic nurses and non-medical, patient-facing staff
working within the discipline of Clinical Genetics, NHS Genomic
Medicine Centres and wider healthcare settings in the UK and
The AGNC is one of give constituent groups of the BSGM.
There are now 330 AGNC members within the UK (March
For more information about AGNC and how to become a member
here; to join the AGNC yahoo group click here.
The aims of the association include:
- to provide support for professionals working in the
- to provide forums for education and scientific meetings
- to represent the views of the profession
- to prescribe good standards of clinical practice
- to liaise and collaborate with other clinical and scientific
colleagues in the field
- to provide channels of communication within the profession
The membership is open to professionals whose work
involves contact with families or individuals affected by or at
risk of a genetic condition. Whilst in many cases, members are
working within a Regional Genetics Service, increasingly those
working in allied areas such as oncology and fetal medicine have
found membership of the Association beneficial.
Prospective members will usually have a qualification in nursing
or genetic counselling and must be nominated by two members of the
Membership of the AGNC includes membership of the BSGM -
for enquiries about membership follow link to http://www.bsgm.org.uk/
Members can stay up to date with AGNC issues by following us on Twitter and belonging to
the AGNC members Yahoo email account. In addition, an AGNC
bulletin will be produced after each committee meeting with
up-to-date news and posted on this website.
Minutes from AGNC Committee Meetings are also available for
members through the Commitee Documents page
To ensure that the profession continues to develop several
groups have been identified to consider issues which the AGNC feel
require a UK wide perspective. These include:
AGNC Representatives on BSGM Council
BSGM Council includes representatives from each of the
constituent groups. BSGM Council discusses issues relevant to BSGM
membership as a whole, e.g. response to requests for information
from other organisations such as HGC, do once and share project and
plans for future BSGM conferences, and the constituent groups
report back to Council.
BSGM Book Club
AGNC members are eligible to use the BSHG Book club with Oxford
University Press and Scion Publishing.
Oxford University press: 20% discount for all members
Publishing: 20% discount for all members