Christine Patch

principal staff scientist in genomic counselling

"I am passionate about combining the science of genomics with the art of working alongside patients and their families coming to terms with the impact of genomic information in their lives. I enjoy working across disciplines and boundaries and believe this is the best way to harness the excitement and power of genomics for the benefit of individuals and health care. I want to contribute to the responsible uses of the technology in delivering effective, patient and family focused health services."

Having started her professional career as a nurse Christine has worked in genetics since the late 1980’s latterly as consultant genetic counsellor in an NHS regional genetics centre. She has been involved in direct patient care in addition to leading, developing and managing clinical genetic services during that time. Her PhD and post-doctoral work focused on evaluating genetic testing strategies. She maintained her nursing registration until January 2020, having recognised the major contribution that nurses and allied health professionals will make to genomic health care in the future.

She has collaborated in research exploring how individuals and families manage genomic information and developing interventions to facilitate family communication about genetic disorders that affect them and is currently Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University.

Alongside her position in the Society and Ethics research group she is currently Clinical Lead for Genetic Counselling at Genomics England.

She has held many leadership positions in relation to genetics including being the first genetic counsellor on the UK Human Genetics Commission, chair of the British Society of Human Genetics (now the British Society of Genomic Medicine), President of the European Society of Human Genetics (the first genetic Counsellor or allied health professional to hold that position) and co-lead of an emerging international network of nursing and genomics; G2NA.

Combining these experiences she has contributed to developments in policy around genetics at a national and international level, the development of genetic counselling as a profession in the UK and Europe and is currently actively involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project and the development of the Genomics Medicine Service in the NHS.


Recent papers include:

Sanderson SC, Lewis C, Patch C, Hill M, Bitner-Glindzicz M, Chitty LS (2019). Opening the "black box" of informed consent appointments for genome sequencing: a multisite observational study. Genetics in Medicine vol 21, no 5, pp.1083-1091.


Jacobs C, Patch C, Michie S (2019). Communication about genetic testing with breast and ovarian cancer patients: a scoping review. European Journal of Human Genetics vol 27 pp. 511-524.