West of England Genomic Champions

Who we are

Our genomics enthusiasts have been recruited from different professional backgrounds and are  employed in partnership organisations providing healthcare for patients with rare diseases or cancer.

They work in collaboration with all provider organisations in the consortium to champion the mainstreaming of genomic medicine into routine clinical practice. They collaborate within their network of 7 Champions with in the region of WEGMC and are co-ordinated by the Education and Training Lead in the centre.

The have been provided with full training to develop their knowledge and understanding of how genomic medicine can improve clinical outcomes. In addition they have received training from local experts, they are  encouraged to undertake relevant CPD modules from the Health Education England commissioned MSc in Genomic Medicine.

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Our Responsibilities

Our main responsibility is to work closely with our existing GMC genomics experts in rare diseases or cancer to learn about genomics and the 100,000 Genomes Project and its pipeline, and to impart and disseminate new knowledge in genomics, encourage recruitment of patients and implement new ways of working.

We currently  assist the education lead in:

  • Raising awareness by championing genomics within the various sub-specialties in participating Trust partners
  • Establishing a communications network with peers and scoping/organising training events
  • Assisting with the GMC training needs analysis across the workforce in the delivery partners in primary and secondary care
  •  Assist the production of a training plan and impact assessment process for the WEGMC education activity
  • Supporting the development and delivery of training packages where required
  • Record educational activities and manage evaluation cycles in locality