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  • 2018/19 chair of AGNC talks about the future of genetic counselling.

    2018/19 chair of AGNC talks about the future of genetic counselling.

    posted on 1st November 2018  |  0 Comments  |  Not tagged.

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    Click here to view Anna Middleton, 2018/19 chair of AGNC, talking about the future of genetic counselling.

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  • Launch of the NEW GC TRAINING PACK

    Launch of the NEW GC TRAINING PACK

    posted on 31st October 2018  |  0 Comments  |  Not tagged.

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    The Genetic Counsellor Training Panel (GCTP) has developed a guide for new GCs to facilitate structured training based around competencies required for GCRB registration. The guide includes advice regarding mentorship, continuing professional development opportunities and tips for preparing for registration.

    The pack replaces the "Genetic Counsellor Training in the UK: an Information Pack" first created for genetic counsellor trainees funded by Department of Health band 6 roles from 2005 which was later updated in 2015.

     Word and PDF versions are available for download 

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  • World Congress on Genetic Counselling: Video Summary

    World Congress on Genetic Counselling: Video Summary

    posted on 23rd February 2018  |  0 Comments  |  Not tagged.

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    The AGNC was pleased to sponsor the first ever World Congress on Genetic Counselling at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge.

    Here is a video summary of the event.

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  • Human Germline Genome Editing Article

    posted on 25th October 2017  |  0 Comments  |  Not tagged.

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    Please click here to see the article

    Anna Middleton on behalf of the AGNC and BSGM contributed to this position statement from the ASHG on genome editing which is very topical given recent media attention to the use of this technology in the context of embryos with variants predisposing to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

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  • Nuffield Council Report: Non-invasive prenatal testing: ethical issues

    posted on 1st March 2017  |  0 Comments  |  Not tagged.

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    From Anna Wilkinson, Programme Officer with the Nuffield Council on Bioethics:

    The Nuffield Council on Bioethics today has today launched its new report Non-invasive prenatal testing: ethical issues which explores the ethical issues raised by non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).

    Over the course of our one-year inquiry we consulted a range of people with different interests in NIPT, including people with Down's syndrome and other genetic conditions, women who have undergone NIPT, healthcare professionals, charities and professional bodies. In the report we set out a number of conclusions, including the following:

    • NIPT is a powerful and important development. It can bring benefits, but it needs to be used with caution if it is to support reproductive autonomy, avoid harm, and promote equality and inclusion in society.
    • We support the use of NIPT in NHS screening for Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes, provided that it is accompanied by accurate, balanced and non-directive information and support.
    • We support the use of NIPT to diagnose rare genetic conditions in the NHS. It is important for the NHS to ensure that it has sufficient genetic counselling resources.  
    • If this test is to be offered, both through the NHS and in the private sector, the Government must ensure it is meeting its duties to support disabled people and to tackle discrimination.
    • We are concerned about the way it is sometimes offered and presented in the private sector and recommend that the promotion and marketing of the tests should be more closely monitored and regulated.
    • NIPT should not be offered for less significant conditions or for sex determination (other than when a serious sex-linked condition is suspected).
    • NIPT should not be used for whole genome sequencing of fetuses, other than in exceptional cases where there is a particular concern about a condition of unknown cause.

    A short guide to the report, a one page summary and an 'Easy Read' version of the report are also available on the Nuffield Bioethics  website.

    AGNC response:

    'The AGNC welcomes the report's acknowledgement that genetic counselling services will need to grow to meet the information and support needs of those patients undergoing testing.'

    Peter Marks, AGNC Chair

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