About Us

About Us

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 Ireland.

The AGNC is one of give constituent groups of the BSGM.

There are now 330 AGNC members within the UK (March 2018).         

For more information about AGNC and how to become a member please click here; to join the AGNC yahoo group click here.


The aims of the association include:

  • to provide support for professionals working in the field 
  • 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 AGNC/BSHG.

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

Working Groups

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

Scion Publishing: 20% discount for all members