Dr Michelle Bishop

Dr Michelle Bishop

Associate Director
Learning and Training

With 20 years’ experience in genomics education in both Australia and the UK, Michelle leads the Learning and Training team within Wellcome Connecting Science. She oversees the strategic direction of the programme, has operational oversight of programme activities and leads the team in reaching their ambitious objectives. Her personal accomplishments include: authoring 50+ genomics education resources and overseeing the development of 100+ more; developing training curricula for genomic specialists; defining competency frameworks in genomics for different professions; teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses for healthcare and research professionals; authoring 20+ papers and two book chapters on genomics education; providing educational and clinical expertise to national and international genomic implementation projects. Michelle is a trained Genetic Counsellor and holds a PhD in Genetics Education.

My publications

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  • 2023
  • 2022

A cross-professional competency framework for communicating genomic results.

Pichini A; Tatton-Brown K; Thomas E; Bishop M

Journal of genetic counseling 2023

To ensure genomic medicine is delivered safely and effectively, it is crucial that healthcare professionals are able to understand and communicate genomic results. This Education Innovation describes a nationally agreed, cross-professional competency framework outlining the knowledge, skills and behaviors required to communicate genomic results. Using principles of the nominal group technique, consensus meetings with clinical, scientific and educational experts identified six stages in the return of results process, drafted and iterated competencies. Competencies were then mapped across three levels to acknowledge different degrees of experiences and scopes of practice. The framework was open for consultation with healthcare professionals and patient communities before being published. The finalized framework includes six core competency statements required to communicate genomic results. This framework is designed to be a guide for best practice and a developmental tool to support individuals and organizations. It can be used by healthcare professionals, such as genetic counselors, to identify individual learning needs or to structure the development of training for other healthcare professionals who are increasingly involved in requesting and returning results for genomic tests.

A nationally agreed cross-professional competency framework to facilitate genomic testing.

Pichini A; Bishop M

Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics 2022;24;8;1743-1752

The study aimed to develop a nationally agreed, cross-professional competency framework outlining the knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to facilitate genomic tests.