Competency information


Identify and discuss ethical issues raised in trainee led or observed consultations, use clinical or counselling supervision where appropriate


  • Ethical issues that may be raised within the context of a genetic counselling appointment
  • Ethical theory vs ethical governance
  • Frameworks for thinking about ethics
  • AGNC code of ethics
  • GCRB code of conduct
  • Good scientific practice
  • HCPC standards of proficiency
  • The role of critical reflection in addressing the ethical issues
  • Conflicts of confidentiality
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Safeguarding concerns
  • Effective use of counselling supervision

Relevant learning outcomes

# Outcome
# 1 Outcome

Lead on establishing the patient agenda and psychosocial needs in complex genetic and genomic counselling consultations, under the supervision of a GCRB registered Genetic Counsellor.

# 4 Outcome

Use counselling supervision and multidisciplinary meetings to work through ethical and cultural issues in genomic counselling practice.