New online resources helps GPs answer patients' questions on genomics


Posted on 31 July 2018 (Permalink)

Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme (GEP) have worked with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to create a series of webinars and podcasts covering Genomics in Primary Care. With increasing access to genomic testing through clinical care, research projects and direct-to-consumer testing, growing numbers of patients are presenting to their primary care professionals with questions about genomics.

The webinars and podcasts, led by joint clinical champions for genomics Dr Jude Hayward and Dr Imran Rafi, have been developed to give all primary care professionals an introduction to genomics, including some of the terminology, applications and ethical, social and legal considerations that are relevant to primary care.

More details on each webinar and podcast are available on the GEP website.

WMAHSN supports the region's genomics research in a number of ways including funding three Genomic Ambassadors to support the work of the 100,000 Genomes Project.

The ambassadors link the north, centre and south of the region and help to recruit patients. The West Midlands aims to draw upon its diverse population to provide up to 13,000 of the 100,000 genomes, creating a new genomic medicine service for the NHS and transforming the way people are cared for.