An evaluation of a competency framework to facilitate genomic testing

Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme (GEP) commissioned SPH to carry out an evaluation to understand early progress in the implementation of a competency framework.

As the numbers and types of clinical staff involved in the process of offering tests to patients grows, the GEP has worked to help ensure that those staff have the knowledge and skills they need to maximise the benefits of genomic medicine.  To support staff involved in consent conversations, the GEP has developed a competency framework to facilitate and consent patients for genomic testing. Competency areas have been defined against which users can identify in which areas, if any, they feel they need to develop further knowledge or skills.

SPH carried out an evaluation to understand the communications strategy, how early adopters were using the framework, any improvements they might suggest and to identify any enablers and barriers encountered by users.

Case Studies

Health Needs Assessment for Children & Young People

SPH carried out a Health Needs Assessment for a local authority that was recommissioning its Healthy Child Programme (HCP). The purpose was to review whether existing provision and service configuration of the HCP was meeting the needs of children and young people) in the county, and to identify gaps and potential options for improvement. The Healthy Child Programme is a preventative programme which includes the Health Visiting and School Nursing Services, the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) Programme and healthy start vouchers and vitamins, linking with childhood immunisation services, community paediatrics, speech and language, services for children with a learning disability and complex needs and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), among others.  


The HNA was carried out jointly by NHS Solutions for Public Health and the local authority, with the epidemiological needs assessment and service description provided by the local authority. The report was compiled using a range of publicly available and locally collected epidemiological and service use data). In addition, SPH carried out a consultation of key corporate stakeholders as well as children and young people and their parents and carers. This included semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders in a range of organisations, a survey of a wider range of staff who work with children and young people and a survey of children and young people, their parents and cares which was distributed through the services.