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Genomic Medicine survey - please take part

The Genomic Medicine Service is a centrally-commissioned service, and we need your help to ensure equity of access for patients to this service across our region. Awareness and training of healthcare professionals is key to ensure this.

The NHS Genomic Medicine Service aims to harness the power of genomic technology to improve the health of our population and deliver on the commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan and the UK Genomics Strategy.  It has wide-reaching implications for many NHS workforce groups (as mentioned in the Topol Review; the Cancer Workforce Plan; the People Plan; and Diagnostics: Recovery and Renewal).  This foundational scoping work will support future workforce education and training efforts, and communications strategies across our region.

Please could you share the Regional Genomics Survey to all staff in your Trust.  We are particularly interested in reaching all clinical staff, but would also value input from anyone in a leadership capacity who may not be in a clinical role. (Link: https://surveys.eahsn.org/zs/I1BzDb). Feedback from pharmacists, midwives, community nurses and health visitors is as important as clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors and other clinicians who often use our service.

It is crucial that all Trusts within the East Midlands and East of England complete this exercise in order to support the implementation of this service across our region. Please encourage staff to complete the survey by Friday 19 November. Thank you in advance for working with us to support your staff in bringing this service to patients across the East.

If you have any questions please contact lorna.hamblin@addenbrookes.nhs.uk.

Many thanks in advance,

Phil Carver, Regional Director, East of England, Health Education England

Dick Sandford, Interim Clinical Director, East Genomic Medicine Service Alliance

Sarah Bowdin, Medical Director, East Genomic Laboratory Hub