In support of the 100,000 Genomes Project, the WMAHSN is funding three Genomics Ambassadors in the West Midlands. The Ambassadors are facilitating the spread of knowledge, experience and expertise gained by trusts that are already engaged in the region-wide programme of recruiting to those that follow in subsequent phases.
The Ambassador for the central West Midlands, Charlotte Hitchcock, has been talking to leading journal the Nursing Times about her own role in the 100,000 Genomes Project and how genomics is the future of medicine.
Charlotte said: "I am not a research nurse – but this is not a research project. In fact, my background is in theatre nursing and clinical informatics.
"My interest in the 100,000 Genomes Project stemmed from a frustration with the phrase sometimes used by clinicians, 'it is probably genetic', when confronted with undiagnosed conditions, familial cancer that has not yet had a gene identified, or people responding differently to treatments. So, just over a year ago, I became a genomics ambassador for the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre, which is one of 13 genomic medicine centres accredited by NHS England to recruit patients to the 100,000 Genomes Project."
You can read all of Charlotte's article here.