We are delighted to see the launch of the Core competences in genetics for sickle cell and thalassaemia counselling. The work undertaken by the NHS Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Screening Programme has been ongoing since Dec 2011 and Maggie Kirk and Emma Tonkin (from the Genomics Policy Unit) have been part of the working group. It is anticipated that these competences will support health professionals in giving accurate and comprehensive advice to patients and their families as well as appropriate psychological support. A selection of resources have been identified to support users of the framework in developing their competence and this list is also available to access on the site.
The competences are based on the revised (UK) nursing competences in genetics and genomics developed here at Glamorgan and used previously as a basis for European core genetic competences for specialist nurses in 2010 (Skirton et al 2010).