Health Education England launches Genomics Education website

New web presence will address health professionals’ educational needs in genomics

Welcome to the home of Health Education England’s (HEE) new Genomics Education Programme for healthcare professionals.

To ensure that the NHS workforce is ready for the exciting future of genomics, HEE has launched the Programme to help prepare health professionals for the adoption of genomic technologies and the increased use of patients’ genomic information as part of their diagnosis and treatment.

HEE chief executive Ian Cumming (pictured left) said: “The genomic revolution is critical to the personalisation of healthcare, to the prediction of disease, and the prevention of disease. That’s why we will make sure that we train not just our current workforce but our future workforce in the skills they need to be able to respond.”

The website hosts an introductory video, presented by science writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry OBE, two short online courses: ‘Introduction to Genomics’ and ‘Introduction to Bioinformatics’ and the Programme’s blog.

Plans to expand the website include:

  • learning and teaching resources on genomic medicine;
  • continuing professional development courses for a range of healthcare professions; and
  • details about the forthcoming Masters degree in Genomic Medicine, which is a multiprofessional programme fully funded by HEE as part of the Programme.

The site’s blog will highlight the latest activity by the Programme, and notable developments in genomic medicine more generally. You can also keep up-to-date via Twitter.

We hope you enjoy learning about genomics, and we welcome your feedback. Send your comments and queries to the programme team.