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What is genomics?

Unlike genetics, which primarily focuses on our genes (just 2% of our DNA), genomics is the study of genome: the genes and all the DNA in between. This genomic information can help to diagnose a condition, determine the chance of developing a condition in later life, or even inform the correct type of treatment.

There is still a lot we don’t know about the genome, but new technology and the NHS Genomic Medicine Service is bringing about even more insights and understanding to improve patient outcomes.

By becoming a tool in routine healthcare, genomics is likely to be encountered by a variety of healthcare professionals outside of specialist services and, as such, all nurses will need to have a working understanding of what this means for their practice and implications for patients. How much knowledge is needed will depend on roles, clinical duties and the area of specialism.

Genomics Education Programme: About us

Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme (GEP) was founded to deliver the learning and development necessary to enable current and future NHS workforce to harness the power of genomic medicine for patient benefit. Educating a diverse, 1.5 million-strong workforce requires a flexible, dynamic approach, drawing on best practice across healthcare, education and digital technology. The GEP has developed a range of educational resources for nurses from films, online courses, to more formal academic and training programs including the Master’s in Genomic Medicine, Post graduate qualifications and CPD modules.

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Page last updated - 20/10/2022