GeneHealth UK is a national private company and leading UK provider of state-of-the-art genetic testing and genetic counselling services. The next generation panels used involved in BowelGene, BreastGene, BCRA1 & BRCA2, CardioGene, PreconceptGene and ProstateGene are currently not generally available on the NHS.
Genetic counselling is offered prior to all genetic testing services with GeneHealth UK. Our expert genetic counsellors explain the testing process and provide all the information your patient needs to make a decision.
Dr Angela Brady is a Consultant Clinical Geneticist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. As a medical undergraduate she obtained a first class honours BMSc in Genetics and she graduated from Dundee University and Medical School in 1990. She obtained MRCP in 1993 and a PhD in Studies to Investigate the Pathogenesis of Noonan Syndrome from the University of London in 1998. She was a Specialist Registrar in Clinical Genetics at the North West Thames Regional Genetics Service and appointed as a Consultant in 2000. She was Clinical Lead for the Service from 2007 to 2010 and Cancer Lead 2010-2015 and since February 2016. In 2015 she was interim Clinical Lead for the London based part of the National Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Diagnostic Service. She was Chair of the South East England Genetics Network from 2011 to 2013. She was elected as a member of the Steering Group for the Cancer Genetic Group of the British Society for Genetic Medicine in 2013. Since January 2015 she has been the Clinical Genetics Representative on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She specialises in Cancer Genetics and Dysmorphology. She has set up a number of Cancer Genetic clinics in the NW Thames region and she runs a specialist Renal Genetic Clinic at the Hammersmith Hospital. She is principal investigator for a number of Cancer Genetic studies and actively recruits to general and cancer genetic studies.
Vicki Kiesel is a registered and certified genetic counsellor. Vicki has worked within the field of oncology genetics for many years and is currently working within the NHS as a principal genetic counsellor, leading a team of genetic counsellors, and is also an honorary clinical lecturer. She teaches cancer risk assessment to allied healthcare professionals and is a mentor to genetic counsellors. She has worked with numerous specialists in the identification of individuals at risk of hereditary cancer and her work on genetics has been published. Vicki previously led the oncology genetics department at Stamford Hospital in the US and launched the first colorectal cancer registry in the state of Conneticut.
Sharon Jenkins is a genetic counsellor with 16 years experience following the completion of her MSc in genetic counselling at Imperial College in London. Since then, Sharon has worked at specialist centres and has gained 10 years experience working with inherited cardiac conditions (ICCs) as the lead genetic counsellor at the Heart Hospital at UCL . She is also previously specialised in inherited retinal disorders at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Sharon currently has two part time jobs within the NHS. One of her jobs is at Northwick Park Hospital where she is involved in seeing families with a broad range of genetic conditions as well as families with inherited cancer syndromes. Her other post is at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in the inherited cardiovascular disease unit where she works alongside consultant cardiologists and continues to specialise in ICCs. In addition, Sharon is also involved in clinical research, teaching students and other medical professionals, presenting at meetings, and has been an invited panellist at European conferences.
Stewart is a Consultant Clinical Scientist with specialist expertise in molecular genetics. He trained at the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and in Philadelphia. He became Head of Molecular Genetics at the North West Thames Regional Genetics Service in 1995. Stewart recently stood down from this position and is now Consultant Clinical Scientist for GeneHealthUK, although still provides consultancy to the NHS.
Stewart developed the North West Thames laboratory into one of the leading molecular genetics services for inherited bowel cancers in the UK and has co-authored professional best practise guidelines for Lynch syndrome and for Adenomatous Polyposis syndromes (FAP and MAP).
Stewart has a particular interest in the problem of interpreting novel DNA sequence variants and has co-authored professional best practise guidelines on this subject.
Monika is a UK-registered genetic counsellor with a special interest in cancer genetics, Huntington disease and assisted conception. She works for the North West Thames Regional Genetics Service (NHS). Monika has counselled hundreds of families through genetic testing for hereditary cancer across several hospitals in the NW Thames region. She is of Polish origin and is able to provide support to patients in a bilingual setting. Monika has published on the topic of assisted conception and specifically on the issue of parents talking to their children about their family history of a genetic condition. Monika is passionate about genetics education and has lectured to students and professionals to improve public understanding of her field.
Margaret is a genetic nurse counsellor, a trained nurse, midwife and health visitor. She has 18 years’ experience in the field of clinical genetics and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology as well as training in genetics. Margaret’s work has been mainly in cancer genetics, offering counselling to individuals with a strong family history. She also provides advice for individuals wanting a genetic test where there is a known mutation in one of the hereditary cancer genes in the family. Margaret is also a provider of training in genetics to other health professionals and to the wider public.
Cheryl Berlin is a registered and certified genetic counsellor. She has worked as a genetic counsellor in the UK for the last 10 years. The first six years as a general genetic counsellor seeing patients with a variety of genetic conditions and the last four years specialised in cancer genetics, seeing families with breast and ovarian cancer, bowel cancer and those with more rare cancer syndromes such as li-fraumeni. She also took part in multi- disciplinary renal genetics clinic.
Sarah Rose is Sarah Rose is a UK-registered genetic counsellor, with nearly 10 years experience since graduating from the Cardiff MSc Genetic Counselling course. Prior to the MSc, Sarah completed a BSc(Hons) in Human Genetics at Nottingham University. Sarah currently works in the Clinical Genetics Department at Guy's Hospital where she specialises in cancer genetics. Sarah is involved in the BRCA service and sees patients with all types of hereditary cancers. She is also involved in teaching medical students and other healthcare professionals.
Caroline Kirwan is a UK registered genetic counsellor, with 15 years experience covering all aspects of genetic counselling, and is currently working as a senior genetic counsellor with the All Wales Medical Genetics Service. Caroline arrived in Cardiff 8 years ago having worked at St. Mark’s Hospital, London where she specialised in bowel cancer genetics, and then moved to Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. She currently sits on the Genetic Counsellor Registration Board which sets and monitors standards and practice of the Profession in the UK and Repubulic of Ireland.
Sarah Beck is an AGNC and HGSA registered genetic counsellor with over 17 years experience working in both cancer and general genetics. Sarah has worked in several NHS clinical genetic services in the UK, as well as in Australia and New Zealand and she is currently working for the Wessex Clinical Genetics Service based in Southampton. She has a BSc (hons) degree in genetics, an MSc in genetic counselling and is a mentor for student genetic counsellors and trainee genetic counsellors working towards professional registration.
Judith Edhouse is UK registered genetic counsellor, with 10 years experience since graduating from the MSc Genetic counselling course. Prior to training to be a genetic counsellor, she completed a BSc (Hons) in Genetics, and then worked as a research assistant in a cancer research laboratory. Judith currently works for the Clinical Genetics department in Leeds, where she is offering genetic counselling and testing to families and individuals with a wide range of conditions. At present, Judith specialises in cancer and cardiac genetics, and have previously worked in prenatal genetics. She also mentors genetic counsellor students, and is involved in teaching medical and biology undergraduates.
Demetra is a genetic counsellor currently based in the North West London Clinical Genetics service as well as the Family Cancer clinic at St Marks hospital where she is an inherited colon cancer specialist. She was born in Cyprus and completed her Biology Degree in Crete, while she continued her studies in Cardiff where she completed the MSc in Genetic Counselling programme. Since graduation she has worked in Leicester Royal Infirmary as a cancer genetic counsellor as well as University College College London as a cardiac genetic counsellor. Demetra is now part of the NICE advisory committee working on improving diagnostic pathways for Lynch Syndrome. In addition, she works closely with charities such as Bowel Cancer UK and Lynch Syndrome UK.
Athalie Melville is a UK registered genetic counsellor. She has been working as a genetic counsellor since 2008 and has experience in all aspects of genetics. She has worked in the NHS genetics services in Nottingham and North West London and is currently working as a Principal Genetic Counsellor in Southampton. Athalie has a BSc (hons) in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Durham and a MSc (hons) in Genetic Counselling from the University of Manchester. She is in involved in teaching genetics to other healthcare professionals and is also involved in mentoring genetic counsellors through professional registration. Athalie is fluent in French and in the past she has worked as a research scientist in various genetics laboratories across the UK.
Emma Williams is a UK-registered Genetic Counsellor, with 10 years experience since graduating from the MSc in Genetic Counselling course in Cardiff. Prior to training as a genetic counsellor, Emma completed a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Genetics at Nottingham University. Emma currently works at the North East Thames Regional Genetic Service, where she specialises in cancer genetics. She has been involved in arranging Essex-based information evenings for individuals with BRCA, including peer-led support groups. She also mentors genetic counselling students, as well as educating other health professionals.
Dr Caroline Benjamin is a leader in her professional field of genetic counselling. She has a science background in genetics (BSc), a masters in Clinical Genetics (MSc) and her PhD is in nursing. She has 20 years experience of providing genetic counselling in the NHS with 15 years as a Principal Genetic Counsellor. She has current status as a GCRB Registered Genetic Counsellor and has been registered since 2006 (n. 157). She is committed to providing expert individualised patient care and access to genetic testing. She is currently undertaking genetic counselling research as an academic at the University of Central Lancashire. Caroline maintains strong professional networks. She is an elected member of the Genetic Counsellor Registration Board and member of the Professional, Public and Policy Committee of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG). She acts as a reviewer for NIHR Programme Grants and also a number of journals. She is a member of the British Society of Genetic Medicine BSGM, the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC), the ESHG and the Royal Collage of Nursing.
Lisa Jeffers is a registered UK genetic counsellor with 15 year’s experience in the Northern Ireland Regional Genetic Service. Lisa comes from a nursing background having completed her training in both general and mental health nursing. To complement her nurse training she gained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and was awarded an R&D Fellowship for her PhD which she completed in 2011 from the University of Ulster. Her PhD was on the psychosocial affects of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in women with a BRCA gene and a diagnosis of cancer. She has published her work from this research study. She has received R&D funding to carry out a Cochrane Systematic Review on psychological interventions prior to risk reducing surgery in BRCA carriers.
She is a member of the British Society of Genetic Medicine BSGM and the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors.
Mr Justin Davies is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where he is also Clinical Director of General Surgery. He has a strong research pedigree in bowel cancer screening, publishing his work in this field in high impact factor journals such as the Lancet and Nature Reviews Cancer. He is the recipient of several prestigious research prizes, including the Patey Prize and John of Arderne Medal, and has lectured on this topic nationally and internationally. He is a Member of Council of The Royal Society of Medicine Section of Coloproctology and is the current Chair of the Education and Training Committee of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. Justin joined BowelHealth UK in July 2013 as Clinical Director.
Professor Wishart has an international reputation in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and his research is widely published in well respected clinical journals. As a Professor of Cancer Surgery, Professor Wishart has an interest in new tests or technologies for the early detection of common cancers. He set up BreastHealth UK to provide an innovative approach to private breast screening in the UK.
Jackie Wishart is the Sales Manager for Check4Cancer where she leads both the sales and marketing teams. Jackie brings over 13 years’ experience in the healthcare industry with an exemplary track record for increasing sales revenue for both large and small companies. Before Check4Cancer, Jackie worked for 12 years in the pharmaceutical industry as an Account Manager for Pharmacia and Pfizer attaining recognition for being in the top 10% of their sales personnel (Premier Performers Group). In her latter years in the industry she was involved in specific projects and drug launches, working with some of the country’s leading key opinion leaders in the field of cancer. Jackie has extensive experience in strategic partnerships, distribution agreements, contract services sales, and product marketing.
As Business Development Manager at Check4Cancer, Victoria’s primary focus is to build Check4Cancer’s unique services among prospective corporate clients, and develop and maintain relationships with current and past clients with the view to increase revenue. With over 5 years of private healthcare experience she participates in corporate promotional activities, key client development and contract negotiations.
Victoria has an in depth understanding of all services and their implementation as company paid, flex pay or salary sacrifice campaigns. Providing the best possible service to corporate clients and their staff is the highest priority for Victoria and everybody else at Check4Cancer.
As Marketing Manager, Sophie is responsible for managing key online and offline marketing channels such as websites, SEO, social media, PR, events, affiliate initiatives, email campaigns, CRM system, market research and project management. Sophie’s role is to drive the success of Check4Cancer’s services and brand promise in the marketplace. Based in Cambridge, Sophie provides marketing and business development support throughout company including nationwide clinics. Sophie has over 7 years’ experience in private healthcare marketing and business development.
As Client Service Manager, Cy is the primary point of contact for a client. He is responsible for booking appointments, updating customer records, directing and controlling the processing and fulfilment of orders, fielding customer enquiries, and resolving customer complaints. Cy is also a contact for our corporate accounts, when any employer wishes to use our services for their employee benefit selection then Cy will ensure that this is managed professionally and is communicated efficiently. Cy is also in charge of the logistics with onsite corporate days in regards to promotional materials, clinic equipment and all round requests.
As Client Service Manager, Lene is the primary point of contact for a client. She is responsible for booking appointments, updating customer records, directing and controlling the processing and fulfilment of orders, fielding customer enquiries, and resolving customer complaints. Lene is also the Quality and Information Security Manager for Check4Cancer, responsible for maintaining, establishing, documenting and distributing protocols and procedures, as well as corrective actions and safeguarding information security within the company.