HEE launches online learning partnership with genomics courses

Health Education England is launching a partnership with online learning experts FutureLearn, starting with courses from the HEE Genomics Education Programme

The GEP is leading HEE’s work to raise awareness of genomics and its growing impact on healthcare and clinical practice. FutureLearn was developed by the Open University to provide massive online open courses (MOOCs) – taking learning from prestigious academic partners and making it available freely to as wide an audience as possible.  The first joint courses will cover an introduction to whole genome sequencing and will be available in early 2016 at https://www.futurelearn.com/.

The partnership will further the GEP’s mission to ensure NHS staff have the knowledge, skills and experience to ensure that the health service remains a world leader in genomic and precision medicine. The FutureLearn  online courses offer NHS staff, patients and the public a further accessible method to improve their genomics knowledge, compliments the existing courses {link} and resources {link} already available on the GEP website: http://www.genomicseducation.hee.nhs.uk

Nearly 100,000 healthcare workers have registered with FutureLearn and their healthcare courses have attracted well over 150,000 learners to date. Health Education England joins the list of FutureLearn partners, which includes the world’s top universities and other specialist organisations including the British Museum, The European Space Agency and now Health Education England.

While the collaboration with FutureLearn has been initiated by the Genomics Education Programme, the partnership is with Health Education England overall. If you would like to learn more about this partnership and how FutureLearn can help your team deliver its learning objectives to NHS, public, patient or school leaver audiences, please contact Stuart Sutherland at stuart.sutherland@wm.hee.nhs.uk .