Genetic Counsellor Training Post Scheme
The Department of Health funded training scheme for Genetic
counsellors has ended. This scheme was very successful and to date
has resulted in 40 genetic counsellors gaining GCRB registration.
Trainees in the last phases of the scheme who completed their
training more recently, have all indicated that they intend to
submit their intention to register in due course.
The Genetic Counsellor Training Panel (GCTP) remains committed
to offering structured support to centres who continue to employ
trainee genetic counsellors. A number of Band 6 posts have been
created within individual regional genetic centres. Some centres
have opted to train their trainees whilst continuing to be overseen
by the Training Panel. A learning contract is drawn up by the
trainee, together with their mentor, and these are monitored by the
panel to ensure that the trainee's learning needs are being
met. Evaluation reports are completed at 6, 12, 18 and 24
months to include progress andany obstacles together with comments
by both the trainee and mentor.
Centres who take on a trainee must fulfil the criteria to be an
approved training centre. This too is monitored by the GCTP and
centres need to renew their validation every 5 years. It is the aim
of the AGNC that all training posts be monitored by the GCTP. If
your centre is interested in support from the training panel with
Band 6 training, please do get in contact.
Information pack for training centres.
The GCTP is keen to support centres in their efforts to embed
recurrent training posts within their own departments. However, as
the only professional group within Clinical Genetics who do not
have centralised funding for training, we are seeking to address
this issue. We are actively pursing options to try and secure
funding for future high quality genetic counsellor training in the
UK. We are working closely with the AGNC committee and have made
contacts with all the relevant professional groups and Health
Education England and we hope to make significant progress with our
Please feel free to contact the GCTP panel members if you have
any questions or suggestions.
Panel Terms of Reference
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