Following the establishment of 13 Genomic Medicine Centres (GMCs) by NHS England, the Genomics Education Programme (GEP) funded the appointment of an education and training lead at each centre in order to support workforce development requirements around the 100,000 Genomes Project and more broadly around genomics. The initiative ran from 2016 to 2018, in line with the completion of the recruitment and sequencing phases of the project.
The education and training (E&T) leads’ activities included:
- delivering educational workshops and training courses for local staff;
- patient and public engagement to raise awareness of genomics and the 100,000 Genomes Project;
- building links to primary care stakeholders and Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs);
- reaching out and extending links across professions to raise awareness of new roles and ways of working; and
- establishing networks and ensuring engagement with local delivery partners.
The E&T leads also conducted a comprehensive training needs analysis in their local region, the results of which have informed the GEP’s strategy and approach to education and training nationally.
Read more about some of the E&T leads’ activities and achievements below.