There are calls to offer genetic testing to all patients with breast cancer. Many cancer clinicians and nurses are not experienced in genetic testing and many genetic counsellors are not experienced in oncology. All HCPs nevertheless may be faced with challenging communication about genetic risk with patients and their relatives. The TRUSTING educational programme was developed to help all HCPs with these difficult conversations. The content of the workshops was developed following literature reviews, interviews with patients and families, geneticists, genetic counsellors, surgeons and oncologists. Workshop participants follow the on-screen interactions between different HCPs and a fictitious family.
After a successful evaluation of the first round of workshops in 2021 the program was rolled out more widely across the UK with a series of workshops between September 2022 to June 2023. Participants in the workshops completed knowledge and confidence questionnaires before and at the end of the workshops as well as providing feedback on the workshops. The results of this evaluation are currently being analysed.