Health Professionals making comments about genomics

A week to champion genomics in healthcare

This June, the GEP’s popular annual week of action returns to address key themes for nurses, midwives and health visitors

After an unscheduled 12-month break, the Genomics Education Programme (GEP) will launch its fourth #GenomicsConversation week of action on Monday 28th June. This year, in response to a survey run by the programme last year, we will demonstrate the relevance of genomics to nursing, midwifery and health visiting and show that it IS possible to learn the fundamentals in a short time frame.

We asked, you answered

A series of common themes emerged from our genomics awareness survey last summer. When it comes to barriers to learning about genomics, a good majority of survey respondents felt that they didn’t have a good understanding of genomics due to a number of key factors including a lack of time to learn and a perception that genomics is too technical and/or not relevant.

Each day of the week of action this year will be dedicated to one of the key themes identified thanks to survey feedback:

Monday 28th June                      “I don’t know what genomics is.”

Tuesday 29th June                     “Genomics is not relevant to my role.”

Wednesday 30th June                “It all sounds too difficult.”

Thursday 1st July                        “I don’t have time to learn about genomics.”

Friday 2nd July                            “I’m not sure what I should do next.”

Co-ordinated activities

Throughout the week we will offer the usual assortment of free online activities, including podcasts and a Twitterchat, as well as signposting to relevant online courses, resources and tools.

Further details will be available in the coming weeks via our website and we will provide regular updates via social media; look out for us on Twitter and Facebook. We will also be launching a downloadable package of social media resources, so you can join us in promoting the week and kick-start your #GenomicsConversation with colleagues and patients.

In the meantime, if you would like to start learning more about genomics, we have a wide range of free online courses, funded taught courses, and ‘just-in-time’ educational resources, all available via the GEP website.