Cancer genetics resources
Macmillan has published an online learning course for healthcare professionals, in association with BMJ Learning. This free course includes discussions about assessing genetic risk using family history:
- Visit Cancer and genetics: an up-to-date guide
Charities and organisations
Cancer Research UK has online information for health professionals on genes and cancer.
The NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre's website has information organised into sections on: Learning genetics, Teaching genetics and Genetics in practice. Resources on its website include:
- UK Workforce Competences for genetics in clinical practice for non-genetics healthcare staff.
- The Centre's article (Bennett et al) in the Familial Cancer special edition, (Vol.6, No.2, June 2007) which discusses staff competences, education and support in the cancer genetics pilots.
- Genetics in mainstream healthcare: A toolkit for developing services This toolkit was developed from Department of Health-sponsored service development initiatives, including the cancer genetics programme.
- The experiences and preferences of people receiving genetic information from healthcare professionals report [PDF, 918kb]. This report examines key aspects of providing patients and their families with information.
Cancer Commissioning Guidance (2009), section 3.2 Cancer family history services NHS commissioning guidance (found in the Prevention section). Developed by the National Cancer Action Team (NCAT).
Genetics White Paper Progress Review (2008)
Cancer Reform Strategy (2007), particularly paragraphs 2.46-2.54, which address genetics services, including the cancer genetics programme.
Genetics White Paper, Our inheritance, Our future: Realising the potential of genetics in the NHS (2003). The White Paper resulted in funding for a number of initiatives, including the cancer genetics programme, to develop models of integrating genetics into NHS services.