UKGTN Clinical and Scientific Advisory Group (CSAG)

The remit of the UKGTN CSAG is to establish principles, define assessment criteria and influence mechanisms to inform the commissioning and provision of quality genetic laboratory services in the UK for NHS patients. The UKGTN CSAG meets twice a year, usually in March and September. The September meeting includes the recommendations of tests that have been evaluated by the Genetic Test Evaluation Working Group. Tests that are approved will be included in the NHS Directory of Genetic Disorders/Genes for Diagnostic Testing and added to the on-line database of laboratory services. The recommended tests will be submitted to NHS England through the Medical Genetics Clinical Reference Group to be considered for NHS resources. The March meeting reviews the previous years annual work programme and agrees the following years work programme.

Members of UKGTN CSAG and its working groups have a collective responsibility for participating in discussions on the work of the UKGTN. To accomplish their functions, members should engage fully in the collective consideration of issues, taking account of the full range of relevant factors, including any guidance issued by the Department of Health or the responsible Ministers.

Each member has a duty to provide expert input on topics related to their discipline to the best of their knowledge and ability, and to make the CSAG aware of the full range of opinions within their discipline. Members are also expected to contribute towards the collective determination of the CSAG's view on matters outside their specific area of expertise.

Membership is available below:

Organisation/Role Member
Chair Dr Rosalind Skinner
Association for Clinical Genetic Science Dr Ann Dalton
Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors Anna Middleton
British Society for Genetic Medicine (BSHG) Prof Bill Newman
Cancer Genetics Group Dr Lucy Side
Clinical Genetics Society Prof Ruth Newbury-Ecob
Clinical Reference Group Medical Genetics (Chair) Dr Frances Elmslie
Department of Health - Scientific Development and Bioethics Division Colin Pavelin
Devolved Countries - Ireland Dr Jackie McCall
Devolved Countries - Scotland Deirdre Evans
Devolved Countries - Wales Dominique Grey-Williams
Genetics Alliance UK Alastair Kent
Joint Committee on Medical Genetics Dr Nick Lench
National Healthcare Science School of Genetics Val Davison
Patient Representation - Chronic Granulomatous Disorder Dr Susan Walsh
Patient Representation - CLIMB, National Information Centre for Metabolic Diseases Lindsay Weaver
Patient Representation - Mucopolysaccharide Society Christine Lavery
Personal Invitation Professor Karen Temple
PHG Foundation Dr Hilary Burton
Primary Care Genetics Society Dr Imran Rafi
Public Health England Dr Allison Streetly
Royal College of Pathologists Dr Angela Douglas
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Dr John Livingston
Royal College of Physicians & UKGTN Rare Disease Service Improvement Working Group (Chair) Dr Trevor Cole
UK Haemophilia Centre Doctors' Organisation Dr Steve Keeny
UKGTN Director Jacquie Westwood
UKGTN Genetic Test Evaluation Working Group (Chair) Dr Fiona Stewart
UKGTN Laboratory Membership and Audit working group (Chair) Dr Roger Mountford
UKGTN Scientific advisor Dr Fiona MacDonald
UKGTN Clinical Advisor Dr Shehla Mohammed
UKGTN Public Health Advisor Dr Mark Kroese
UKGTN Development Scientific Advisor Dr Jo Whittaker
UKGTN Scientifc Project Lead Dr Becky Treacy
UKGTN Programme Manager Jane Deller
UKGTN Corporate and Information Manager Peta Campbell