Call for mainstream clinicians to shape NHS genomics implementation

6 May 2016

Genomics England aims to make the UK the first ever country to introduce whole genome sequencing technologies into its mainstream health system. 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.  

Virtually all mainstream clinicians can expect to be using information from DNA testing to help manage some of their patients within the next ten years. 

As a result of the PHG Foundation’s work on mainstreaming genomics, Genomics England has asked the Foundation to host an event as part of their ‘Big Conversation’ programme that seeks to engage directly with clinicians from a wide range of different specialisms. This ‘conversation with clinicians’ will allow doctors to consider and put forward their own views on how plans to introduce genomics may affect their practice, providing the opportunity to shape the implementation of this exciting technology into everyday care for the benefit of patients. 

This invitation-only event will be held in London on 7 June. Professor Mark Caulfield, (Chief Scientist, Genomics England) will be speaking, taking questions, and listening to the views of participating clinicians, including clinical champions from the Genomics in mainstream medicine initiative and doctors from different specialties with little or no prior experience of genomics. 

Recommendations arising from the conversation will be published and presented to Genomics England in the autumn.

There are a very limited number of spaces still open to specialisms that are currently under-represented. The Foundation is especially keen to hear from GPs working in primary care. If you are interested in joining the conversation, please contact Jennifer Vance for more information.

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