Clinical Genetics

About the specialty: 

Clinical Genetics is the diagnosis and management of genetic disorders affecting individuals and their families. The rapid increase in understanding of biological variation and its role in health and disease make it an exciting and expanding specialty. The training programme in clinical genetics is normally four years as a Specialty Registrar and research experience is actively encouraged.

Clinical genetic services run on a ‘hub and spoke' principle with central and district counselling services. There is close team working between Consultants, SpRs/StRs and Genetic Associates as well as interaction with cytogenetic and molecular laboratory colleagues. Members of the SAC in Clinical Genetics welcome queries from those considering a career in clinical genetics.

Entry into Clinical Genetics training is possible following successful completion of both a foundation programme and a core training programme There are three core training programmes for Clinical Genetics training:


The curriculum for each specialty defines the process of training and the competencies needed for the award of a certificate of completion of training (CCT). The curriculum includes the assessment system for measuring trainees’ progress comprising workplace based assessment and knowledge based assessment.

PDF icon2010 Clinical Genetics (amendment 2013).pdf

Previous versions of the curriculum are no longer available online but copies can be requested from

ARCP Decision Aids: 

The ARCP decision aid for each specialty defines the targets that have to be achieved for a satisfactory ARCP outcome at the end of each training year. ARCP decision aids were revised to reflect the changes to the assessment and review process from August 2014 and replace all previous versions.

PDF icon2010 Clinical Genetics ARCP Decision (revised August 2014).pdf