Tuesday, 04 July 2017 15:50

Genomics Education Moves into the Mainstream

Our new animation illustrates how the GEP is supporting health professionals to embrace the full potential of genomics in healthcare

On the same day as the publication of England’s chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies’ annual report, titled ‘Generation Genome’, the Genomics Education Programme has launched a short animation to demonstrate how the GEP is supporting health professionals to achieve Dame Sally’s “genomics dream” for the NHS.

The video illustrates the work the GEP is doing to educate and train staff from across all professions to gain the knowledge, skills and experience they need to embrace its extraordinary potential, and bring lasting benefits for patients.

The animation was commissioned by the GEP to help raise awareness of the courses, resources and other initiatives that it has developed for NHS staff as genomic medicine moves beyond specialist clinics and into mainstream patient care.

Ongoing commitment

In her annual report, Dame Sally includes a key recommendation regarding the GEP:

“Health Education England should continue the work of the Genomics Education Programme, developed as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, and ensure that this continues to provide staff with relevant data science expertise for the NHS.”

As Dame Sally’s report highlights, there has never been a greater need for raising awareness and understanding about genomic medicine among the NHS workforce, and we look forward to growing our collection of education, training and expertise opportunities to support health staff across all the professions.

To learn more about the work of the GEP, including our courses and resources, please visit our website.