Clinical genomics service specification consultation

Closed 6 Nov 2022

Opened 1 Sep 2022


This consultation has been extended and will now close on 6 November 2022. 

We are currently seeking views on proposed changes to the Clinical genomic service specification. The Service Specification outlines standards for clinical genomic services in England. Some changes to this specification are being considered which NHS England is seeking feedback from the public on.

About genomics services

Clinical genomics (previously called clinical genetics) are services where doctors (typically clinical geneticists) and genetic counsellors work with other health professionals to diagnose genetic conditions. They also assess the risk a patient will inherit or develop a genetic condition. They provide and co-ordinate treatment for patients with genetic conditions, and counselling and emotional support to patients and their families. NHS England is committed to working with a wide range of patients, patient groups and other stakeholders in the development of its commissioning of services. A public consultation is an opportunity to check whether proposals are right, supported and the public understand their impact. Importantly, we would like to identify any alternatives before decisions are made. This is your opportunity to share your view on these suggested changes through the questionnaire at the bottom of this page.

Consultation documents

To help explain the changes being suggested, we particularly recommend reading the guidance document that you can access below. You can also review the full draft and the other documents below to inform your feedback.

The consultation is open from 1 September until midnight on 6 November. If you would like to share your views on the proposal in a different way than the online questionnaire, please get in touch Find out more NHS England is hosting two webinars which are a chance to hear more about the changes and to ask questions. The webinars will be aimed at specific audiences and you can see more information on this below:

Webinar 1: NHS staff, healthcare professionals and policymakers 
Date: Thursday 29 September, 10am - 11am
Register to join webinar

Webinar 2: Patients, patient groups and charities and other stakeholders
Date: Monday 3 October, 10am - 11am
Register to join webinar

These sessions are designed to help clarify the changes and, although you will be able to raise questions you have, we recommend completing the consultation questionnaire to ensure any feedback you have is captured and feeds in. If you have any questions about the consultation, the documentation or the webinars then please email


  • Allied health professionals
  • Charities
  • Patient groups


  • Patient and public voice
  • Specialised commissioning
  • Public