The Genomics Education Programme (GEP) is a Department of Health funded programme supported by Health Education England. Its role is to ensure that the workforce of UK National Health Service (NHS) has the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to remain a world leader in genomic and precision medicine – particularly those working within NHS England Genomic Medicine Centres and contributing to the 100,000 Genomes Project. The GEP is achieving this through a three-fold approach:
- Directly supporting those professionals involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project and Microbial Genomes work.
- Supporting the wider transformation of services to integrate genomic technologies into healthcare.
- Upskilling existing staff so that they can make the most of genomic technologies in their work.
The GEP offers a range of educational resources tailored to specific needs:
- Providing online resources and self-directed education for NHS staff, including general courses.
- Developing curricula and assuring delivery of formal academic-based training programmes for all of the multiprofessional workforce.
- Co-ordinating workforce planning for the specialist staff required to deliver genomic technologies.
- Commissioning NHS-funded places for staff on training programmes.
- Supporting multi-professional clinical research fellowships and doctoral posts in genomics and bioinformatics and genomics.
The aims of G2NA are complementary to the work of the GEP and we are working with GEP colleagues to achieve common goals.