Background to the GEP
The Genomics Education Programme (GEP) is the NHS’s method of ensuring its staff have the knowledge, skills and experience to ensure that the health service remains a world leader in genomic and precision medicine – particularly for NHS England Genomic Medicine Centres (GMCs) and the contribution to the 100,000 Genomes Project.
The GEP is achieving this through a three-fold approach:
- Directly supporting those professionals involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project and Microbial Genomes work.
- Supporting the wider transformation of services to integrate genomic technologies into healthcare.
- Upskilling existing staff so they can make the most of genomic technologies in their work.
What we’re doing
- Providing online resources and self-directed education for NHS staff, including general courses, such as Introduction to Genomics and Introduction to Bioinformatics, and tailored training such as Consent and Ethics (for GMC staff).
- Developing curricula and assuring delivery of formal academic-based training programmes for all of the multiprofessional workforce, such as the MSc in Genomic Medicine and Higher Specialist Scientist Training in genomics.
- Co-ordinating workforce planning for the specialist staff required to deliver genomic technologies.
- Commissioning NHS-funded places for staff on training programmes.
- Supporting multi-professional clinical research fellowships and doctoral posts in genomics and bioinformatics and genomics.
Engaging Primary Care
Developments in genomics within cancer diagnosis and treatment, Familial Cancer, Pharmacogenomics, Rare Diseases, Infectious Diseases and Complex Disease all have the potential to impact on primary care. Our strategy document identifies the educational need, our existing resources and outlines our action plan to raise awareness of genomics in primary care. You can download our primary care strategy here (pdf).
Genomic Medicine Centres
Facts and figures
- The GEP is a £20 million, three-year programme supported by Health Education England as part of its responsibility to ensure the NHS has the staff it needs to deliver care now and in the future.
- Ten higher education institutions across England will deliver the Master’s in Genomic Medicine. HEE will be funding at least 550 places on this Masters course for NHS staff over the next three years.
- Forty extra healthcare science training places are being commissioned in genomics and bioinformatics in 2014/15 – 27 of these at HSST (consultant) level
- Tens of thousands of people every month use the GEP web resources (including those of the NHS National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre)