Training Opportunities

 Applications now open for Genomics Research and Innovation Fellowship Schememicrobiology-163470_1280

The Health Education England (HEE) Genomics Education Programme (GEP) funded genomics research fellowship scheme is designed to support the 100,000 Genome Project and workforce transformation associated with mainstreaming genomics into the NHS. In partnership with Genomics England and NHS England, the Genomics Education Programme is funding a number of Research Secondments and Academic Fellowships across the NHS and the wider genomics community working in partnership with appropriate Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnerships (GECIPs).

For more information, please visit the HEE website.

 Applications for Masters and CPPD funding open for 2016/17 start

Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme (GEP) is accepting applications for funded places on the Master’s in Genomic Medicine course and individual modules of continuing professional and personal development (CPPD) for the coming 2016/17 academic year.

The Master’s in Genomic Medicine and associated CPPD modules have been designed to support the introduction of personalised medicine into the NHS, the work of NHS Genomic Medicine Centres and the 100,000 Genomes Project.

The full course and a number of individual modules are available through a national network of nine universities, with the Master’s offered as a one-year full-time or a two-year part-time study option. Open to all NHS healthcare professionals, the course aims to enhance knowledge and skills in this rapidly evolving field.

The funding application process is now open for courses starting in the 2016/17 academic year. Details of the modules, eligibility criteria and how to apply are available on the Genomics Education Programme website.

For more information on education and training opportunities at the WEGMC, please download our leaflet.

 Forthcoming courses

 Free online resources and courses

The Genomics Education Programme has produced a number of resources on genomics for various audiences, all of which are available free of charge and open to anyone who is interested:

  • Primary Care Genetics – free online educational modules for all healthcare professionals working in primary care
  • Introduction to Genomics – (1.5 hours) with new technologies we can now examine the whole of a person’s DNA – their genome – quicker and cheaper than ever before. Learn about the fundamentals of genomics and discover its growing importance for healthcare.
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics– (1.5 hours) discover how bioinformatics is becoming increasingly important to contemporary healthcare research and delivery. Learn about the principles and practices, the challenges and the problems it can help to solve.
  • 100,000 Genomes Project: Preparing for the consent conversation– (1.5 hours) this course guides health professionals in the key steps of the Project’s consent process, what to consider when preparing for the discussion with potential participants, and how to address questions and concerns.
  • Sample Processing and DNA Extraction– (1 hour) to ensure good results from whole genome sequencing, the 100,000 Genomes Project requires staff working in molecular genetics and histopathology laboratories at NHS GMCs to adhere to a set of new protocols for the handling and processing of blood and tumour samples.
  • Factsheets– selected genetic conditions outline the key facts of rare and inherited conditions, clinical features, diagnosis, management and treatment. The ‘Genomics in mainstream medicine’ series outline the context and impact of genomics on key clinical specialisms.
  • Flickr Image library– a collection of free-to-use genetics and genomics images.
  • Blog– Online articles covering a wide spread of topics within genomics in the context of healthcare, with a particular focus on awareness-raising, education for healthcare professionals.
  • Video library– showing case studies, emotive patient stories, communicating peer-to-peer, awareness raising and conveying complex subject matter.