Research areas

  • RT Nursing - Workforce Development, Service Development, Professional Competence
  • QH426 Genetics - Genomics
  • L Education (General) - Training

Research interests

My research centres on the delivery of genomic healthcare to improve patient, family and community outcomes globally. Primarily working with the nursing and midwifery professions, my work has focused on health professional education and engagement, and service development initiatives within the UK for mainstreaming genomics across health services. I lead the Genomics Policy Unit at USW ( and I am a founding member and co-lead of the Global Genomics Nursing Alliance (, an initiative that has brought together representatives from 19 countries to develop a roadmap and benchmarking tool to drive nursing and genomics forward internationally. The 14 years working in this field (including two career breaks) has yielded over 30 journal publication, numerous reports, a book chapter and an award winning education website Telling Stories, Understanding Real Life Genetics ( I review for a number of journals and currently have active collaborations with Genomics Partnership Wales ( and Health Education England's Genomics Education Programme (



Joanne Swidenbank. Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS 2) PhD co-funded by Genomics Partnership Wales. Developing the health workforce in genomics: a longitudinal, cross-Wales, multicentre, interdisciplinary case study. Director of Studies



Saghira Malik Sharif, Lead Genetic Counsellor, Leeds, UK (PhD by Portfolio, 2021) A conceptual framework for a culturally competent approach to involving British Pakistani families in genomic research studies. Director of Studies

Sophie John (2017) Exploring women’s understanding of Down syndrome screening information: the importance of women’s cognitive ability and the midwife’s communicative style. Supervisor

Verity Andrews/Leach (2012) Genetics and genomics within nursing. What are the characteristics of genetic nurse adopters and nurse opinion leaders in genetics and genomics? Supervisor

Kathleen Calzone, Senior Nurse Specialist (Research), National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA (PhD by Portfolio 2011) Nurses essential to closing the Genetics/Genomics Translation to Practice Gap: The United States Genetic/Genomic Nursing Competency Initiative. Supervisor

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