Primer in Genomic Medicine


A one day face-to-face interactive course that provides a short, sharp burst of the basic essentials required to be conversant in contemporary Medical Genomics. The course will be geared towards specialist and non-specialist nurses, GPs and the wider group of scientists and health professionals who are not necessarily directly involved with applications of medical genomics but require a basic knowledge.

From April 2019 we are introducing a new application process.

To apply for HEE funded modules please directly contact your chosen University. The application process flow chart can be found here.

HEE Commissioned places will be allocated on a modular basis only as funding is limited. Speak to your chosen University if you wish to complete more than one module leading to a PGCert, PGDip, or MSc qualification.

Course Description

Genomics is a complex area and this course will be designed to ‘demystify’ its utility and cut through specialist terminology.  The course will be delivered by leading academics and healthcare professionals and will cover genome structure through to understanding a typical genomics clinical report that could appear on a patient’s notes.

Teaching will have a strong activity and workshop component with meaningful every day examples to encourage strong understanding of basic principles.  This Primer in Genomic Medicine will not require prior genomics or genetics knowledge.

The course content will include:

  • basics of genome structure/architecture
  • how genetic variation causes disease
  • typical inheritance patterns
  • summary of contemporary genomic sequencing with workshops demonstrating application to rare diseases, cancer diagnostics and stratification
  • the importance of accurate, comprehensive clinical phenotyping
  • issues surrounding informed consent, accidental findings and information governance

Upon completion of the course, students will be empowered for further independent learning should they wish and have confidence in their ability to interpret genomic information from non-specialist journals, press releases, Genomics England website etc.

There are no assessments for this course.   All participants will be issued with a certificate of attendance.

Additional information

Type of Course

CPPD Module

Mode of Study





Part Time

University Providers

University of Southampton


Friday 23rd March 2018
Friday 6th July 2018
Friday 9th November 2018 – This will not be funded by HEE.

Funding Rules

Funding is limited to NHS healthcare professionals working in England from the full range of professional backgrounds and groups (such as medicine, nursing, healthcare scientists and technologists).  For those interested in CPPD modules, university entry requirements may include criteria around existing understanding and minimum English language requirements.

Not all universities offer the same CPPD modules. Please check with your preferred university to obtain details of the programme modules, entry criteria and timing before going through the funding application process.

Please download a visual flow diagram outlining the funding application and approval process.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have been awarded funding, started the programme but I am unable to complete the programme. What are my options?

Funding is awarded for CPPD modules only and there is no automatic ability to defer completion of the programme. You should speak to your preferred University provider in the first instance about your situation and also contact the Genomics Education Programme team regarding funding.

How much study time is required to undertake this programme?

Study time will vary across the delivery partners. You are advised to visit your preferred University website site for more information or to contact the relevant course lead. Most modules generally involve approximately 5 days of face to face teaching, followed by between 2-4 weeks of independent study and assessment preparation.

A distance learning option is provided at Queen Mary University of London.

Can I build up my CPPD modules to a full Master’s, PGDip or PGCert qualification?

The process and ability to do this will be dependent on your preferred University and you should contact them to discuss available options.

I am eligible but have been refused a commissioned place – why?

This may be due to the following potential reasons:

  • The University you have applied for has used up all its commissioned allocations
  • The total number of available national commissions have been fully allocated
  • We are now applying controls to the commissioned places based on healthcare profession roles to provide some equitable access across professions on a national scale
I am not eligible for a HEE funded commissioned place – can I self-fund?

This should be discussed with your preferred University

Do you have to have the university place confirmed before you submit an application for funding?

No – as long as the programme start date for your preferred University falls within the specified academic year for the funding application period.

I work for an organisation that provides services to the NHS – am I eligible to apply?

Yes – please provide details in the additional information section of the funding application form.

University Providers


The logos below indicate the university providers that are able to accept HEE funded applications for this course. Follow the links provided to begin your university application process.

University of Southampton