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Funded Places - Genomics and Counselling Skills for Nurses

6 August 2021

As the use of genomics in healthcare increases, growing numbers of genomic tests will be carried out and greater numbers of healthcare professionals will be called upon to understand and discuss genomic testing with patients. To enable nurses to develop their knowledge of genomics, the University of the West of England has created a new online course; ‘Genomics and Counselling Skills for Nurses’ in collaboration with Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme (HEE GEP) and a range of NHS genomics specialists

The HEE GEP will be funding 30 places for nurses and midwives who currently work in England. This is a 15-credit level 7 course which starts on 13th September 2021 for 15 weeks and funding covers the course fees only; applicants need to ensure they are available to attend ALLdates as funding will not be provided for those who do not attend

Delivery & expectations

Flexible learning – all virtual in a blended delivery.  In total, the full course will take around 20 weeks in total to complete.

The module will be delivered via a blended learning model, and will include five core units:

1.            Personal and professional development in genomics.

2.            Cancer genetics and genomics.

3.            Rare and inherited conditions.

4.            Communicating genomics.

5.            Pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine.

In addition, the applications of genomics in infectious diseases will be covered in discussion forums.

Beginning on 17 September 2021, participants can expect to spend six to eight hours per week engaging with the module content. To accommodate clinical commitments, all lectures will be pre-recorded and available online, and participants will be supported by weekly live online tutorials. The module will require 30 hours of synchronous learning (such as online live webinars and virtual classroom tutorials), 40 hours of asynchronous learning (such as pre-recorded lectures and online discussion boards), and 80 hours of independent / self-guided study time.

The course has been developed for nurses with little-to-no previous knowledge of genomics. Full pastoral support will be given during orientation at beginning with pre-reading, introduction to the on-line platform and adaption to academic style study.  This support continues throughout the course.

On successful completion of 100% attendance at live tutorials and successful assessments of presentation and leaflet the Module has been assessed for 15 Masters level credits. 

The course is intended to be inclusive to those who would benefit from this education but may not have studied at this level before or for some time.

Applicants must have agreement from their line manager and Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (GMSA) Chief Nurse, applicants to contact the admin representative detailed below

Applications for HEE funding are open until 06th August 2021 here