Education and Training
Integral to the success of the 100,000 Genomes Project and its legacy is the education and training of both the healthcare workforce and patients and the public. This is coordinated and managed by the Health Education England (HEE) Genomics Education Programme. The HEE programme has three main aims:
- To underpin the delivery of the 100,000 Genomes Project and specific education and training needs.
- To upskill the existing workforce to respond to the changing genomics and stratified medicine landscape.
- To provide broader prospective workforce transformation for the NHS and Public Health.
The close relationship between Genomics England and the HEE programme will ensure linkage with the current and future education and training arrangements for healthcare professionals.
MSc in Genomic Medicine
HEE has commissioned seven leading universities to provide the MSc in Genomic Medicine, which is especially suitable for doctors, healthcare professionals and students with an interest in genetics and genomics. These universities work together in a formalised network and some of the modules, such as the one on bioinformatics, need to access the Genomics England dataset.
Students completing the bioinformatics module at one of these university providers, either as part of the MSc in Genomic Medicine or for CPPD, are given access to the Genomics England Research Environment and a small subset of data from the 100,000 Genomes Project. These data are for training purposes only; however, students can also join the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership (GeCIP) to carry out research if they have a supervisor who is already a member of GeCIP. Students can fill out an application to join GeCIP here.
Genomics Research & Innovation Fellowship Scheme
The HEE Genomics Education Programme has also funded a genomics research fellowship scheme to support the 100,000 Genomes Project and early career researchers. The scheme aims to increase the capability and capacity of the current workforce to engage with genomics research and help bring genomics into the mainstream NHS. Nine candidates were awarded funding in 2017 and are ready to begin their academic research projects as part of GeCIP.