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“Genomics is the study of the body’s genes, their functions and their influence on the growth, development and working of the body – using a variety of techniques to look at the body’s DNA and associated compounds.” (NHS England, 2019, Genomics). Genomics is a central element towards greater personalisation of care with potential ethical, psychological and social implications. Use this guide to find information resources about genomics and genetic nursing including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 13/06/2022

Key Resources

Department of Health and Social Care (2021) UK rare diseases framework.
Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Office for Life Sciences (2021) Genome UK: 2021 to 2022 implementation plan.
Davies S C (2017) Chief Medical Officer annual report 2016: generation genome. London: Department of Health.
Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety (2015) The Northern Ireland implementation plan for rare diseases.
Genetics in Nursing and Midwifery Task and Finish Group (2011) Genetics/genomics in nursing and midwifery: report to the Nursing and Midwifery Professional Advisory Board.
NHS England: National genomic test directory.
HM Government (2020) Genome UK: the future of healthcare.
NHS England: Genomics
NHS Choices: Genetics.
Scottish Government (2021) Rare disease: final progress report. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.
Topol E (2019) The Topol review: preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future. An independent report on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. (no place): Health Education England.
Welsh Government (2018) Welsh implementation plan for rare diseases: annual update 2018.
Welsh Government (2017) Genomics for precision medicine strategy.


Book Cover Beery T and Workman M L (2018) Genetics and genomics in nursing and health care. 2nd edn. Philadelphia, F. A. Davis Company.
Book cover Carey N (2019) Hacking the code of life: how gene editing will rewrite our futures. London: Icon Books.
Book Cover Clarke A (2019) Harper’s practical genetic counselling. 8th edn. Milton Keynes: Taylor & Francis Group.
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Dhar S, Nagamani S and Eble T (2020) Handbook of clinical adult genetics and genomics: a practice-based approach, London: Elsevier Science & Technology.

Book Cover Edwards Q T and Maradiegue A (2017) Genetics and genomics in nursing: guidelines for conducting a risk assessment. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Genomics Education Programme and Health Education England (2017) The genomics game. London: Focus Games.

Book Cover Gunder McClary L M (2018) Essentials of medical genetics for nursing and health professionals: an interprofessional approach. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC.
Book Cover Harper P (2020) The evolution of medical genetics: a British perspective, Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis Group.
Book cover Riedijk S and Diderich K E M (2021) Prenatal genetic counseling: practical support for prenatal diagnostics, decision-making, and dealing with uncertainty. San Diego: Elsevier Science & Technology.
Book Cover Seibert D (2016) Genomic essentials for graduate level nurses. Lancaster, PA: DEStech.
Book Cover Skirton H and Patch C (2009) Genetics for the health sciences: a handbook for clinical healthcare. 2nd edn. Banbury: Scion Publishing.

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Genomics England (2015) The 100,000 Genomes project – Jessica’s story (video).
Health Education England (2021) Genomics education programme: Genomics in midwifery animation (video).
NHS Health Education England (2018) Genomics education programme: nursing in the genomic era (video).


Future Learn: Whole genome sequencing: decoding the language of life and health.

  • A free 3-week course that explores the application of this technology in healthcare and the benefit it brings to patients.
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NHS Health Education England Genomics Education Programme (2018) Genomics in healthcare (e-learning module).
  • This course introduces genomics and how it is and will be applied in healthcare. If you work for the NHS, a partner or a UK university, access is free.
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NHS Health Education England Genomics Education Programme (2021) Nursing educator’s toolkit (teaching resource).
  • This toolkit has been developed to support educators delivering the subject as part of their pre-registration training programmes.
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