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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. Use this guide to find information resources about genomics and genetic nursing including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 28/05/2020

Key Resources

Genome image Bailey L (2018) How genomics is changing nursing, 7 March, London: RCN (blog).
NHS England: Genomics
NHS England (2016) 100,000 Genomes project: paving the way to personalised medicine, London: NHS England.

NHS Choices: Genetics.

Davies SC (2017) Annual report of the Chief Medical Officer 2016: generation genome, London: Department of Health.

Department of Health and Social Care (2019) UK strategy for rare diseases: 2019 update to the implementation plan for England.

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 Rare Disease Implementation Group (2017) Welsh rare diseases implementation plan.
Welsh Government (2017) Genomics for precision medicine strategy.

Scottish Government (2014) It's not rare to have a rare disease: the implementation plan for rare diseases in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Scottish Government (2018) Rare disease Scotland: progress report, Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety (2015) The Northern Ireland implementation plan for rare diseases.


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Beery T and Workman M (2018) Genetics and genomics in nursing and health care (2nd edition), Philadelphia: F A Davies.

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

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

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Gunder McClary L (2018) Essentials of medical genetics for nursing and health professionals, Burlington: Jones & Bartlett.

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Lashley F, Kasper C and Schneidereith T (2016) Lashley’s essentials of clinical genetics in nursing practice (2nd edition), New York: Springer Publishing.

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Lea D, Cheek D, Brazeau D and Brazeau G (2015) Mastering pharmacogenomics: a nurse’s handbook for success, Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.

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Seibert D (2016) Genomic essentials for graduate level nurses, Pennsylvania: DEStech Publications.

Snyder M (2016) Genomics and personalized medicine: what everyone needs to know, New York: Oxford University Press.

Snyder M (2016) Genomics and personalized medicine: what everyone needs to know, New York: Oxford University Press.

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


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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