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Training opportunities and events

Events

Thanks to everyone who attended our 'Careers in Clinical Genetics' masterclass on Wednesday 17 July 2019.

The afternoon covered an array of subjects, including how genomic testing is being used to help patients with rare disease and cancer, how genomic counsellors and triage nurses support families and medical teams, and the NHS vision for mainstreaming across clinical specialties though the new genomic medicine service.

We're aiming to run similar events in future, so if you'd like to be included on our mailing list or have any suggestions for future events, contact us at the email address below.

Email: TrainingOxfordGMC@oxnet.nhs.uk

Training opportunities

Online courses

Health Education England's Genomic Education Programme has been designed with NHS staff in mind. It includes a number of short introductory courses taking between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours to complete and covering a variety of topics.

You can find the full list here - www.genomicseducation.hee.nhs.uk

Futurelearn, the Open University's online platform, offers more substantial free online courses run in partnership with UK Universities (note that there is a charge for a certificate of completion).

Start dates and time input are variable, but typically several hours per week for several weeks.

Details can be found below:

Podcasts

A recent addition to the Genomics Education Programme, these conversations about genomics are presented by experts in their field and cover a number of areas including Genomics in Nursing, Ethics and Data, and Genomics and developments in cancer.

Taught courses

For those looking for formal training, Health Education England has developed a modular master's degree in Genomic Medicine, comprising a number of short taught courses typically of one to two weeks' duration. This is a multidisciplinary and multiprofessional course in genomics that is applicable to both clinical practice and medical research.

Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma qualifications are also available.

HEE funding is available, but currently limited to standalone modules up to 31 March 2020, although it may be possible to complete further modules to lead to a postgraduate qualification. Funding applications should be made directly to the relevant university.

Contact us for more information.

Email: Oxford.GMC@nhs.net

Eight UK universities are taking part, offering core elements and a selection of elective and optional modules, with part-time, full-time, face-to-face and distance learning opportunities to suit everyone.

Before you apply, please discuss study leave / financial support for travel and accommodation with your line manager.

The courses are open to NHS employees meeting the standard entry requirements of the university to which they are applying (typically a good first degree and a minimum standard of English language).

All institutions offer all of the following core modules and a selection of optional modules, and use a mixture of face-to-face and distance learning, but there are differences between them so it is important to review individual programmes carefully.

Core modules

  • Fundamentals in human genetics and genomics
  • Omics technologies and their application to genomic medicine
  • Bioinformatics, interpretation and data quality assurance in genomic analysis

Elective modules

  • Genomics of common and rare inherited disease
  • Molecular pathology of cancer and application in diagnosis, treatment and monitoring
  • Pharmacogenomics and stratified healthcare
  • Application of genomics in infectious disease

Optional modules

  • Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics
  • Introduction to the counselling skills used in genomic medicine
  • Economic models and human genomics
  • Genomic medicine professional and research skills
  • Advanced bioinformatics

The full list of taught courses is available here:

Full range of educational resources and courses - www.genomicseducation.hee.nhs.uk

Full information, including links to the universities providing the course, and information on how to apply, is available on the Genomics Education Programme website:

Master's in Genomic Medicine - www.genomicseducation.hee.nhs.uk