Genomics England was first announced by government in 2013 as a publicly funded company set up to deliver the groundbreaking 100,000 Genomes Project, supported by 13 NHS Genomic Medicine Centres.
The project has led to the sequencing of more than 100,000 whole genomes from around 85,000 people, predominantly NHS patients with a rare disease and their families, and patients with cancer. Participants’ genomes are sequenced and linked to their health records and, with their consent, put forward for research.
As well as leading to potential diagnosis and treatment for patients, the project’s legacy provides the foundations for the England-wide Genomic Medicine Service, being rolled out in 2019.
The Genomics Education Programme has supported the delivery of the 100,000 Genomes Project since its inception, through tailored education and training initiatives mapped to key points in the project, as highlighted below.