About the AGNC
The Association of Genetic
Nurses and Counsellor's 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.
The AGNC is one of give constituent groups of the BSGM.
There are now 310 AGNC members within the UK (November
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 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
Membership of the AGNC includes membership of the BSHG -
for enquiries about membership follow link to http://www.bshg.org.uk/society/join.htm
The BSHG produce a twice yearly newsletter with articles
and news from all affiliated societies. Judith Edhouse is our
editor for the AGNC pages. The closing dates for
newsletter contributions are April 30th and November 30th.
If you would like to send an article to the newsletter,
please contact Judith Edhouse at Judith.Edhouse@leedsth.nhs.uk
It was agreed at the 2001 AGM that minutes from the AGNC
committee meetings and working group meetings will be available at
request from the AGNC secretary (email address above).
Minutes from all Committee Meetings are also
available from your Regional
Minutes of Annual General
Meeting 2008 held at AGNC Spring Meeting, 15 May,
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 BSHG Council
BSHG Council includes representatives from each of the
constituent groups. BSHG Council discusses issues relevant to BSHG
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 BSHG conferences, and the constituent groups
report back to Council.
BSHG 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