Introducing genomics into healthcare

Genetics and genomics is moving into the mainstream of health and care, already present in everyday clinics and will play a growing role in the treatment of more common conditions.

The Yorkshire and Humber region will be playing a key role in the development of personalised medicine through the establishment of a new NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC).

NHS England recently confirmed that the region has been given approval to set up the centre as part of the national 100,000 Genome Project.

The groundbreaking project involves looking at the genomes of patients with certain rare diseases and patients with certain cancers. By comparing the genomes from lots of people, the NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (NHS GMC) will help to give a better understanding of the diseases, how they develop and which treatments may provide the greatest help to future patients.

The successful bid for the Yorkshire and Humber NHS GMC was led by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. It was supported by the other 11 acute trusts in the region along with the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network and our major Universities. It was also supported by direct input from patients and the public, which places the people off Yorkshire and Humber at the heart of crucial developments and improvements in healthcare. Click here for more information.

To meet the growing interest in genomic medicine within the NHS, HEEs Genomics Education Programme (GEP) has produced a series of videos to help all healthcare professionals understand the role genomics will play in future patient care and treatments.

Sitting alongside other ‘just in-time’ resources, the videos aim to provide all healthcare professionals with an introduction to Genomics, explaining what it is and how it will transform outcomes for patients within the NHS. Assuming no prior genetics / genomics knowledge, the videos are thought provoking and act as a prelude to the GEP short online introductory courses covering Genomics and Bioinformatics.

The HEE GEP website has a range of additional resources for health professionals to view, download, print and share. To find out more visit the GEP website.