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Taking and Drawing a Genetic Family History Theory course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
RCGP, NHS Health Education England

This session covers taking and drawing a genetic family history, an important skill in primary care practice to identify patients with, or at risk of, a genetic condition.

This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in December 2018.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Define why taking a family history is an important tool in primary care practice
  • Identify when it may be helpful to take a genetic family history
  • Use appropriate questions in taking a genetic family history
  • Demonstrate how to record (draw) a three-generation genetic family history (a pedigree)

Identifying patients with, or at risk of, a genetic condition is an important skill in primary care practice.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Complete session: Why Does Genetics Matter in Primary Care Practice (400-0079)
Instructors / Speakers
Peter Farndon,
Treasurer at British Society for Genetic Medicine

Peter Farndon has retired from his longstanding clinical, teaching, research, policy development and committee roles in genetics but is still actively involved in the British Society for Genetic Medicine.

Formerly Professor of Clinical Genetics and Consultant Clinical Geneticist in Birmingham, Peter was involved with the practical application of genetics for patients for nearly 25 years. He has had a long standing interest in genetic education, and in 2004 set up the NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre, leading the team as the Centre’s director.

Catherine Bennett,
Academic Lead for Faculty Development at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick.

Catherine Bennett is an experienced educator with a background in higher education and the NHS and extensive experience in faculty development. Her key interests focus around learning and the health professions, particularly enhancing learning and teaching through curriculum and teacher development.  Catherine provides strategic academic leadership on faculty development at Warwick Medical School, as well as teaching postgraduate medical education modules.

Dr Michelle Bishop,
Education Development Lead. Health Education’s Genomics Education Programme

Michelle has over fifteen years of experience within the field of genetics and genomics education, previously working at the UK’s National Genetics Education and Development Centre.

She supports the work of the Genomics Education Programme by providing educational and clinical expertise through resource production, leading curricular development for specialist workforce training and driving the wider NHS workforce transformation in genomics.

Previously Michelle has supported the genetics education of medical professionals throughout their training, developing a large range of genetics educational resources currently used by non-genetics specialty trainees.

She also has extensive experience in teaching genetics and genomics to undergraduate medical and nursing students as well as General Practice specialty trainees.

Michelle has a background in molecular biology and Genetic Counselling and a PhD in the field of genetics education. She currently sits on the Council of the British Society for Genetic Medicine.

Taking and Drawing a Genetic Family History Theory course for GPs
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