NHS England has launched a public consultation on changes to the way clinical genomics services are delivered in England.

Clinical Genomics (previously called Clinical Genetics) are services where doctors (typically Clinical Geneticists) and Genetic Counsellors work with other health professionals to diagnose genetic conditions and/or assess the risk a patient will inherit or develop a genetic condition. They provide and co-ordinate treatment for patients with genetic conditions, and counselling and emotional support to patients and their families.

This is your opportunity to share your view on these suggested changes through a questionnaire that you can access here. You will also be able to access a guide to provide an overview of the changes being made (easy-read versions are available on request) as well as other documents you may wish to read.

The consultation is open from Thursday 1 September and will close at midnight on Friday 30 September.

NHS England will be hosting two webinars to give you a chance to hear more about the changes and to ask questions. The webinars will be aimed at specific audiences and you can see more information on this below:

Webinar 1 – NHS staff, healthcare professionals and policymakers 
Date – Monday 12 September, 10am – 11am
https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/clinical-genomics-service-specification-consultation-webinar

Webinar 2 - Patients, patient groups and charities and other stakeholders
Date – Wednesday 14 September, 10am – 11am
https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/clinical-genomics-service-specification-consultation-webinar-6305f5d08ac6b

These sessions are designed to help clarify the changes and, although you will be able to ask questions, we recommend you complete the consultation questionnaire to ensure your views are taken into consideration.

If you have any questions about the consultation, the documentation or the webinars then please email england.genomics@nhs.net