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.