How to Teach Genomics : A Workshop for Nursing and Midwifery Educators
11–14 July 2022
Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Designing and delivering genomics education
Nurses, nursing associates and midwives comprise the largest proportion of the UK healthcare workforce, and have an important role in bringing the benefits of genomics to patients. As genomics is mainstreamed into the healthcare over the next few years, it is crucial that the next generation of nurses and midwives are equipped to be part of this significant change in the health service.
This new course will explore how and why the genomic healthcare landscape in the UK is changing. It will equip educators with the skills, knowledge, tools and confidence to design and deliver genomics teaching appropriate for nurses and midwives in their every-day practice.
Course participants will learn from experts in designing and delivering genomics education, through this highly interactive course that will involve discussions, group work and reflection sessions. The course will cover genomic applications in healthcare – focusing on nursing and midwifery practice. We will explore the challenges and opportunities of integrating genomics into education, focusing on the requirements in different areas of practice. Participants will gain access to resources including an educators’ toolkit that can be used to develop content required by nurses and midwives over the three year undergraduate degree. There will also be an emphasis on how ethical, legal and social challenges around genomic healthcare can be incorporated into course design.
Who should attend this course?
The course is designed for applicants that are involved in design or delivery of nursing and midwifery education in the UK and have active plans to incorporate genetics/genomics in their courses. We encourage applications from the four fields of nursing (adult, children and young people, learning disability and mental health) as well as midwifery. You don’t have to be new to teaching genomics. This course is also suitable for established educators who are looking to refresh and update their current teaching content.
After attending this course, participants will be able to:
- Explain how genomics applies to nursing and midwifery practice
- Identify the roles nurses and midwives play in different patient pathways
- Deliver education and training to meet the knowledge, skills and behaviour requirements of nurses and midwives around genomics
- Demonstrate how genomics can be embedded into existing and new curricula to meet NMC requirements
- Identify and apply existing educational resources to deliver genomics to student nurses and midwives
- Design and disseminate information and materials, and support colleagues within educational institutions to deliver genomics education to nursing and midwifery cohorts
The course runs over 4 days, starting at 12 noon on Monday 11 July and finishing at ~ 2pm on Thursday 14 July 2022.
Topics will include:
- Genomics in healthcare – where are we now?
- Genomic applications in nursing and midwifery practice
- Integrating genomics into education – challenges and opportunities
- What are the requirements in different areas of practice?
- Genomic resources and the educators’ toolkit
- Hints and tips for teaching genomics
- Different teaching scenarios – the learner’s perspective
- Designing and delivering a genomic session for nurses and/or midwives
- Patient perspective and communication skills
- Ethics, legal and social aspects of genomics
- Preparing the future practitioner – what’s on the horizon??
This is a residential course. All participants are requested to stay onsite for the entire duration to benefit fully from discussions and interactions with the faculty and other students.
A draft programme will be available soon.
Instructors and speakers
Scientific Programme Committee
Health Education England, UK
Genomics England, UK
University of South Wales, UK
Tanya Brigden – PHG Foundation, UK
Kathleen Calzone – National Cancer Institute, USA
Angela Cazeaux – University Hospital Southampton, UK
Alison Hall – PHG Foundation, UK
Jo Hargrave – St George’s University Hospital, UK
Nigel Harrison – Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Tracie Miles – Royal University Hospital Bath, UK
Richard Milne – Wellcome Connecting Science, UK
Edward Miller – Health Education England, UK
Amanda Pichini – Genomics England, UK
Janice Sigsworth – Imperial College Healthcare, UK
Michaela Thomson – Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Emma Tonkin – University of South Wales, UK
Course organisers – Wellcome Connecting Science
Jemma Hume – Course & Events Organiser
Treasa Creavin – Scientific Programme Manager
How to apply
Applicants must be involved in design or delivery of nursing and midwifery education in the UK and have active plans to incorporate genetics/genomics in their courses. We encourage applications from the four fields of nursing (adult, children and young people, learning disability and mental health) as well as midwifery. This course is also suitable for established educators who are looking to refresh and update their current teaching content.
How to Apply
Please complete the online application form. Places are limited and will be awarded on merit. If you have any problems with the online application process, please contact us.
Cost and financial assistance
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|Course fee||£690||This is a residential course and the fee includes onsite accommodation and meals.|
Application deadline: 17 May 2022
This is a residential course. All participants are requested to stay onsite for the entire duration to benefit fully from discussions and interactions with the speakers and other participants.
A limited number of registration bursaries are available to attend this course (up to 50% of the standard registration fee) from Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.
The following documents will need to be provided:
- A justification letter (explain how you will benefit from attending the course)
- A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need
To apply, please send the above documents to the event organiser by the bursary deadline. Please ensure you have completed the online application before applying for a bursary.
Bursary deadline: 17 May 2022
Additional funding opportunities
Visit our support page for additional financial support currently available.
If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the course dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.
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