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Training opportunities and events

Online courses

Health Education England's Genomic Education Programme has been developed with Genomics England for the 100,000 Genomes Project and includes the following short introductory courses.

Introduction to Genomics

100,000 Genomes Project: Preparing for the Consent Conversation

Sample Processing and DNA Extraction

Introduction to Bioinformatics

Three of the above Genomics Education Programme (GEP) courses;100,000 Genomes Project: Preparing for the Consent Conversation, Introduction to Bioinformatics and Sample Processing and DNA Extraction are now available through the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) and eIntegrity platforms.

All NHS staff and GEP partners (including university partners) will continue to access the courses free of charge via the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) hub. Non-NHS staff can also continue to temporarily access the courses free of charge through e-LfH, however there will be a small charge after the temporary period ends and users must register with eIntegrity to continue to access the courses.

Over the coming months more GEP courses will be migrated onto the genomics education and training hub to meet the growing demand. All other tools and resources will continue to be available on the HEE Genomics Education Programme website.

HEE Genomics Education Programme

Futurelearn Courses

These are 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.

The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine (St Georges, University of London)

Cancer in the 21st Century: the Genomic Revolution (Glasgow University)

Whole Genome Sequencing: Decoding the Language of Life and Health (HEE)

Clinical Bioinformatics (Manchester University)

Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics: Molecular Techniques (St Georges, University of London)

Genomic Medicine: Transforming Patient Care in Diabetes (University of Exeter)

Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics: Next Generation Sequencing (St Georges, University of London)

Genomic Medicine Master's Degree

For those looking for formal training, Health Education England has developed a modular master's degree in Genomic Medicine. 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.

While HEE funding is still available, this is limited; an approved funding application does not guarantee a place on your preferred course.

Contact us for more information.

Email: Oxford.GMC@nhs.net

Ten universities are taking part, offering core elements and a selection of 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

  • Introduction to human genetics and genomics
  • Omics technologies and their application
  • Genomics of common and rare inherited disease
  • Molecular pathology of cancer and application in diagnosis, screening and treatment
  • Pharmacogenomics and stratified healthcare
  • Application of genomics in infectious disease
  • Bioinformatics interpretation
  • Research project

Optional modules

  • Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics
  • Counselling skills for genomics
  • Economic models and human genomics
  • Workplace-based learning in genomic medicine
  • Professional and research skills
  • Advanced bioinformatics

Full information, including links to the universities providing the course, and information on how to apply, is available at the link below:

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

We can help with your application - get in touch!

Email: Oxford.GMC@nhs.net