Standard Article

Clinical Genetic Services in the United Kingdom

  1. Alan Fryer

Published Online: 14 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005622.pub2



How to Cite

Fryer, A. 2008. Clinical Genetic Services in the United Kingdom. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital (Alder Hey), Liverpool, England, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2008

This is not the most recent version of the article. View current version (15 SEP 2014)


The aim of Clinical Genetic Services is to help individuals or families with, or at risk of, conditions which may have a genetic basis to live and reproduce as normally as possible. In the UK, such specialist genetic services have, in general, developed as a network of Regional Genetics Centres, each serving populations of approximately 2–5 million people. Clinical geneticists work within these regional centres in multidisciplinary teams together with genetic counsellors and laboratory scientists. The clinical services are delivered through a network of central and district clinics and, in some cases, joint clinics with other specialists.


  • services;
  • counselling;
  • workload;
  • outcome;
  • registers