Talk to me about: Current workforce upskilling, future workforce planning, educational opportunities

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Helen studied Genetics at The University of Sheffield and achieved an MSc in Genetic Counselling from The University of Manchester in 2004, before going on to complete a trainee genetic counselling post at the Northern Genetic Service.  She achieved her GCRB registered accreditation in 2018 (GCRB Registered 354).

Helen is a qualified teacher of science and spent several years working in secondary schools before returning to Clinical Genetics where she has worked for the last 11 years.  Within her Genetic Counselling role Helen has covered a diverse case load of cancer, general and prenatal work.

Helen’s main interest is combing her education and genetic specialisms, delivering educational sessions to a range of audiences.  Alongside her clinical work Helen has been involved in various projects develop educational resources for a range of professions.

Helen is passionate about the benefits that genomics can bring to patients within mainstream medicine and is therefore delighted to take on the role of NEY GMSA Workforce and Education Lead.  She sees this as an opportunity to play a central role in the upskilling of the regions current workforce whilst also ensuring that genomics education is firmly embedded in the regions Higher Education programmes training future professionals.