Friday, 04 December 2015 10:10

‘Just in time’ resources for healthcare professionals

HEE’s Genomics Education Programme is supporting health professionals with vital 'just-in-time' information on genomics

 GEP factsheets strip

As part of its strategy to support NHS staff to make the most of genomic advances in their work, the HEE Genomics Education Programme (GEP) is developing a range of just-in-time resources for health professionals to view, download, print and share.

Currently, the GEP has a series of 19 factsheets covering a range of genetic conditions including: Lynch syndrome, Retinoblastoma and Adrenoleukodystrophy to name a few. They have been created to provide healthcare professionals an outline of the key facts of each condition, including the clinical features, diagnosis, management and treatment.

The factsheets are a perfect resource for those working in the primary care sector who need a handy reference guide when talking to a patient with a rare genetic condition.

Genomics in mainstream medicine

In addition to these genetic conditions factsheets, the GEP is also supporting the development of material for the ‘Genomics in Mainstream Medicine’ series, which outline the context and impact of genomics on key clinical specialisms. Currently this includes dermatology, gastroenterology and nephrology, with several more being planned.

The Genomics in Mainstream Medicine working group was established by the joint committee for genomics in medicine of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Pathologists and the British Society for Genetic Medicine to raise awareness of genomic medicine across a range of medical specialties.

The GEP also has a number of other just-in-time resources available, including videos and infographics. In addition, we will soon be launching the Eligibility Wheels, in collaboration with Dr Julian Barwell and team at University Hospitals Leicester, to support clinicians identifying patients to join the 100,000 Genomes Project.

For more information about our resources, please visit our website.