Here in the Thames Valley office we support the wider Health Education England agenda to deliver a better health and healthcare workforce for England. A key objective in the HEE strategy is the establishment of a genomics education programme that will both support and enhance Genomics England and the 100,000 Genomes Project and provide education and training in genomics for all staff in the NHS. This will prepare for the legacy of the 100,000 Genomes Project on healthcare and establish a workforce transformation programme. The national Health Education England approach can be explored further on our national page.
The importance of education and training, across the NHS and the wider research field, as a central pillar in ensuring the effective delivery of genomic technologies has been recognised from the outset. The core aims of the HEE genomics education and training programme will be to:
- 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.
HEE will provide an education and training programme that will train existing NHS staff and develop the next generation of clinicians, scientists and the multidisciplinary healthcare teams to ensure that NHS capacity to harness genomic medicine is the most advanced in the world bringing improved care to patients.
‘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,Chief Executive, HEE
For more information about please visit Genomics Education Programme.