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Genomics in pharmacy: an introduction to person-centred consultations

  • Released: 03/2024
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 2h:30m

Genomics is a form of personalised medicine that is transforming healthcare. Pharmacy professionals are well-placed to play a key role as genomics moves into mainstream clinical care, by supporting people with information about genomics and how this can contribute to medicines optimisation.

This programme aims to support you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to have person-centred consultations with people about genomics in everyday pharmacy practice. You will explore factors to consider, words and phrases you can use to respond appropriately to questions, and where you can signpost people to for further information and local services.


Learning outcomes

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • describe the application of genetic testing, genomics and pharmacogenomics in clinical practice
  • explain your role in supporting people with consultations about genomics 
  • recognise ethical and social considerations when consulting with people about genomics
  • identify and support people’s ideas, concerns, expectations and feelings about genomics 
  • apply your consultation skills to facilitate a culturally competent, person-centred approach to conversations about genomics 
  • create a personal action plan to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to consult with people about genomics. 

How to use this programme

You can access this e-learning programme using a web browser on any device. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists