Natalie Frankish

Development Officer - Scotland

Genetic Alliance UK aims to improve the lives of people affected by genetic conditions by ensuring that high quality services and information are made available to all who need them. Although the legislative competence for human genetics is reserved to the Westminster Parliament, responsibility for healthcare delivery in Scotland is devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

As a Development Officer in Scotland, I am responsible for developing and supporting the work of voluntary groups for those affected by all forms of genetic condition in Scotland, ensuring their needs and views are represented and communicated to policy makers, professionals and the public, and ensuring that the provision of services and support in Scotland reflects these.

My main responsibilities include:

  • Promoting awareness of the needs of families living with genetic disorders for services and support which are appropriate, user friendly and which reflect current scientific undertaking and best clinical practice.
  • Bringing together representatives of charities, support groups and other voluntary bodies to form a coherent alliance that is able to inform the debate about genetic conditions in Scotland.
  • Representing Scottish interests when working with our sister organisation Rare Disease UK, to campaign for a strategy for rare diseases in the UK.
  • To inform political and professional discussions in Scotland about the information, support and resources needed to provide high quality healthcare services.
  • To help improve equity and access to services for people living in Scotland who are affected by genetic conditions.
  • To liaise with Genetic Alliance UK head office, representing Scottish issues to ensure coherence and continuity of policy and practice as far as possible.

I also attend the following steering groups and committees:

  • Familial Arrhythmia Network Scotland (FANS) Managed Clinical Network (MCN)
  • NHS Scotland National Services Division (NSD) Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis Expert panel
  • National Services Division Public Reference Group
  • Scottish Clinical Genetics Forum

If you would like to find out more, or get involved with the work of Genetic Alliance UK in Scotland, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Contact details:

T: 0131 651 4805
M: 07508 503 100
Address Genetic Alliance UK (Scotland)
University of Edinburgh
St John's Land
Holyrood Road


T: 0131 651 4805

M: 07508 503 100

Natalie's normal days at Genetic Alliance UK are Monday to Wednesday