Brokering the conversation

The work

As part of its ‘Big Conversation’ Genomics England commissioned PHG Foundation to arrange a meeting between Genomics England and clinicians from a range of specialisms to open up the discussion around the opportunities and barriers to the introduction of genomic testing into routine clinical service.

Motivation

Genomics England’s 100,000 Genomes Project aims to create a new genomic medicine service to transform how patients are treated in the NHS. However, to do this effectively will mean understanding the barriers and exploiting the opportunities that face the clinicians who will be implementing this for their patients. With our recognised track record in promoting genomic medicine throughout mainstream clinical practice, we were well placed to organise a unique event, bringing key leaders from Genomics England and NHS England together with clinicians from a wide range of disciplines.

What we did

  • Coordinated the Conversations with Clinicians event, facilitating a frank discussion aimed at exploring the potential of genomics for patients in mainstream clinical disciplines and identifying the barriers and opportunities to its implementation
  • Brought together medical consultants from our Genomics in Mainstream Medicine Clinical Champions group with leaders from Genomics England and NHS England.
  • Summarised  the discussions and conclusions in a report, for Genomics England to help improve the legacy of the 100,000 Genomes Project. Our  ‘Conversation with clinicians’ report has helped inform the overall report from Genomics England published in December 2016
  • Coordinated a second meeting involving representatives of the 100,000 genomes project and members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Personalised Medicine, a parliamentary group for which the PHG Foundation provides the secretariat