A revolution in medicine. A revolution in diagnosis and treatment. A revolution in our workplace. That’s the fast-changing world of genomics.
But what is genomics? It’s the study of our complete genetic code – our genome – how it is structured and how it functions. Understanding how this relates to our health means better diagnoses, leading to targeted therapies, and even predicting and preventing disease. Genomics is helping us ﬁnd the cause of rare genetic conditions, and understand why cancers develop and how best to treat them – meaning expensive drugs can be given only to those who will benefit from them. Genomics is also helping us better track and treat infections like MRSA and TB, improving and saving lives.
As genomics moves into the mainstream, professionals from across the health service need to be ready. Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme was set up to ensure our current and future health staff have the knowledge, skills and experience to keep the UK at the heart of the genomics revolution – as world leaders.
We’ve developed a range of education, from formal Master’s-level qualifications, to short online courses and interactive sessions. We offer just-in-time resources, such as factsheets and guides; videos, animations and infographics for learning and teaching; and expert-led workshops and events.
We are also building capacity and capability across the workforce by funding training programmes and research fellowships to develop the next generation of scientific, clinical and leadership experts within the NHS. We’ve established the Faculty of Genomic Medicine, which brings together genomics specialists to share knowledge and best practice. And we are working with professional bodies and Royal Colleges to incorporate genomics into training curricula.
As genomics moves beyond specialist clinics and into mainstream healthcare, it is vital we are all ready to embrace the extraordinary opportunity it presents. Are you ready?