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iHV Genomics Webinars

7th January 2022

The iHV has teamed up with Genomics Education Programme (GEP) to run 3 webinars on genomics.  We ran the first webinar in December 2021 when we considered “What does genomics mean for health visitors?”.

Dr Michelle Bishop from GEP helped us to look at what genomics is, and we went behind the scenes to understand what happens when a child undergoes genomic testing.  We also considered how we might come across it in practice and what to do when that happens with some principles for health visiting practice.

If you would like to hear the first webinar please click the following link:


Commenting on the next webinar, Dr Michelle Bishop said:

“A genetic family history is a powerful multipurpose clinical tool that is commonly used in genomics. It can aid in the diagnostic process by finding who else in the family may have the same genetic condition.

Family histories can also guide and identify whether other members of a family may need to be offered genomic tests, screening or prophylactic management. In addition, understanding relationships between family members is valuable when advising individuals on different strategies to communicate information about a genomic diagnosis. Learning how to read, take and draw a genetic family history are key skills that all health professionals can learn which, when applied in practice, can support the families within their care.

Join us for webinar 2 we will be covering these concepts as well as providing practical tips and tools for taking and drawing a family history that you can apply in your own practice.”

Our second webinar “What does genomics mean for families?” is on 27/01/2022 14:00-15:30

Highlights include.

  • The importance of family history with practical tips and tools for asking about and recording family history including consideration of family dynamics, paternity, consanguinity, ethnicity, IVF, and reproductive technologies.
  • Consideration of the implications for the wider family when a genomic diagnosis is made, including what this means for future pregnancies.
  • Exploration of how health visitors can support families after they have received a genomic diagnosis.

You don’t need to have attended the first webinar to book on to this second webinar.

To book your place please click here Book here, pop it in your diary and consider questions you may wish to ask.

More details about the content of our third webinar will follow shortly but please feel free to sign up for this one also by clicking the Book here

We look forward to seeing you.

  • Webinar 2 – 27 Jan 2022 14:00-15:30 – Book here
    • What does genomics mean for families? Consideration of our role with families
  • Webinar 3 – 24 Feb 2022 14:00-15:30 – Book here
    • How can we develop our knowledge of genomics? Consideration of our role in observing red flags in genomics
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