Join the #GenomicsConversation

In March, the GEP will host a week of action designed to encourage nurses and midwives to converse about genomics with their colleagues and friends

On Monday 5th March 2018, the Genomics Education Programme (GEP) will launch the #GenomicsConversation – the programme’s first annual week of action for nurses and midwives.

The aim of the week is to encourage the nursing and midwifery communities to engage with the GEP and to start a conversation about genomics with their colleagues, patients or friends.

Co-ordinated activities

Throughout the week, various activities such as the Genomics Game, online courses, educational resources and multimedia will be launched and promoted, so that nurses and midwives can find out about the impact of genomics on healthcare, and then share their knowledge and experience.

A full calendar of activities will shortly be available via our website; in the meantime, there is a downloadable package of social media resources available. If you would like to support our activity, please use the hashtag #GenomicsConversation on social media, download our twibbon or sign up to our Thunderclap campaign.

All the activities are designed to raise awareness of how genomics is a growing part of the nursing / midwifery profession, and we hope these will encourage nurses and midwives to talk to the GEP and each other about genomics. As part of the #GenomicsConversation, they are also invited to make a pledge to share with a colleague or their team what they have learned during the week.

Beyond the #GenomicsConversation

For those who would like to continue learning about genomics, we are running our free three-week online course on whole genome sequencing, starting on Monday 12th March.

Featured on the FutureLearn platform, the course covers the fundamentals of genomics and sequencing, and its applications in healthcare. With the launch of the NHS Genomic Medicine Service coming up in October, the course is ideal for nurses and midwives who are keen to find out about the science behind genomics, and the benefits it can bring to patients and their families.

We also have a wide range of other short introductory courses, formal taught courses, and ‘just-in-time’ educational resources, all available via the GEP website.