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Establishing a genomics education and training programme that will support and enhance Genomics England and the 100,000 Genomes Project, and provide genomics education and training for all staff in the NHS.

Education and training across the NHS and the wider research field is central to ensuring the effective delivery of genomic technologies. It's through the provision of an education and training programme and by developing the next generation of clinicians, scientists and the multidisciplinary healthcare teams, that we're ensuring that the NHS has capacity to harness genomic medicine and is the most advanced in the world.

The core aims of the HEE genomics education and training programme are:

  • respond to the immediate task of supporting the 100,000 whole genomes project
  • provide the foundations for long term education and training to underpin workforce development in bioinformatics and the use of genomic data for specialist staff
  • a wider awareness programme on genomics for non-specialist healthcare workers and allied healthcare professionals
  • support workforce planning, in collaboration with its partners in the NHS, Public Health England, research and academia to ensure that there is a holistic approach to genomics education and training from bench to bedside
  • ensure that education and training programmes put in place can support the translational aspects of the 100,000 whole genomes initiative, building upon its legacy in a way that is sustainable through the developed knowledge and skills of the workforce and its transformation.

The genomic revolution is critical to the personalisation of healthcare, to the prediction of disease, and the prevention of disease. That’s why we will make sure that we train not just our current workforce but our future workforce in the skills they need to be able to respond

 - Professor Ian Cumming OBE, HEE Chief Executive

For more information, please visit www.genomicseducation.hee.nhs.uk.

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