Training Programme Director - Alex Henderson
Specialty Programme Coordinator - Joanne O'Brien
Clinical Genetics is a specialty that deals with families and involves the diagnosis and investigation of inherited disorders, congenital anomalies as well as the genetic background of common disorders e.g. cancer. Specialists in Clinical Genetics, therefore, require a strong background in both adult medicine and paediatrics. Good communication skills are essential to gain and deliver information to anxious families. The consultant works closely within a team comprising genetic counsellors and cytogenetic and molecular laboratory staff. An understanding of the rapidly changing molecular scientific techniques is required as well as the necessary IT skills to access the latest information about rare disorders.
The aim of clinical training with the Northern Genetics Service is to produce clinical geneticists who are competent in the diagnosis and investigation of a wide range of inherited disorders in all age; who are experienced in the appropriate requesting and understanding of genetic testing, including diagnostic testing and pre symptomatic genetic testing for late onset disorders; who understand and apply knowledge of the ethical issues related to genetic disease; who have experience in antenatal testing for genetic disorders and are able to counsel families about unexpected genetic findings. Trainees will have an understanding of the latest cytogenetic and molecular techniques as well as the ability to interpret the results of genetic testing and research studies. Audit and clinical governance will underpin clinical practice.