Trainee Genetic Counsellor: Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
Alice graduated with a degree in Human Biology in 2014. Since then, Alice has gone on to work in counselling, and currently works as a Trainee Genetic Counsellor.
I think a key skill that was instilled in me at Loughborough was curiosity and the ability to think critically about science and the wider ethical and social issues. I particularly enjoyed modules in genetics and psychology during the Human Biology course and I was always fascinated by the causes of different disorders and diseases.
I am able to use the core genetics knowledge and practical skills from modules I completed at Loughborough to understand genetic testing reports, offer appropriate care to my patients and keep updated on the latest evidence.
The course also gave me a good foundation in aspects of biology that I come across in my day-to-day role and practical research skills which I have used to publish my own research.
I am on the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) to become a qualified genetic counsellor. Genetic counselling is a really exciting role combining scientific, communication and counselling skills to support patients through the process of understanding their diagnoses or family histories of genetic conditions.
We use genetic information to arrange appropriate care and we are also trained in counselling skills to provide psychosocial support, as facing genetic information can be emotional or challenging for patients.