A new specialty in Cancer Genomics has been developed as part of the STP Genomic Sciences, which now comprises the following three routes:
- Genomic Counselling
- Cancer Genomics
The role is focussed on the delivery of diagnostic services for patients who have a possible or confirmed diagnosis of cancer. Clinical Scientists in Cancer Genomics are largely laboratory based and may have limited direct patient contact, but interact regularly with other healthcare professionals such as pathologists, histopathologists, clinical geneticists and haematologists.
The role includes:
- using state of the art molecular techniques and technologies and demonstrating evidence based practice underpinned by sound scientific knowledge embedded in a quality framework
- processing diverse clinical samples referred via a range of cancer diagnostic pathways covering both haematological and solid malignancy
- providing analysis and full interpretation of genomic results that will inform the integrated clinical report
- communicating clinical information to a range of service users
- active participation in the multi-disciplinary environment
- responsibility for the work and development of themselves and others
- responsibility for aspects of the day to day running of the service
- responsibility for the identification and implementation of new ways of working that will promote the use of latest scientific advances into clinical practice for the benefit of the patient
- contributing to research and development in the area of practice
The curriculum has been developed using a range of exemplar conditions which will enable trainees to develop the required knowledge base alongside transferable skills which can be applied to a wider range of conditions following the training period.
On completion of the STP, graduating Clinical Scientists will have achieved and will continue to maintain registration with the HCPC and will follow the standards of Good Scientific Practice. They will be strong advocates for their profession and for all healthcare scientists and will represent their profession in local and national fora.
The first trainee intake is planned for 2018.