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posted on 17.12.2019, 04:15 by Siobhan Simpson, Anneke Seller, Michelle Bishop

A national coordinated approach to workforce education and training in genomics is essential for the successful implementation of whole genome sequencing and, more broadly, genomic medicine within the National Health Service (NHS) in England. However, there have been no workforce wide assessments of genomics education and training needs that can be used to inform the strategic approach to be taken. In order to assess these needs the Genomics Education Programme (GEP) undertook a cross-professional training needs analysis. Responses from 2,814 individuals allowed the identification of four themes related to NHS staff's perceived education and training needs in genomics, those who: a) have a role in genomics and are competent; b) have a role in genomics but identified a specific learning need; c) could not identify whether genomics is relevant, but want to know more, and; d) do not see genomics as relevant to their role and do not believe they need to learn about it. Individuals are motivated to undertake training for their own continuing professional development and if they perceive training to have a direct impact on patient care. Overall, online learning is the preferred mode of delivery, but there are still many individuals who value face-to-face teaching. This paper demonstrates how the GEP has used these findings to provide an evidence base to inform the ongoing strategy for genomics education and training in the NHS, including the development of competency frameworks and a range of resources to address the diverse genomics learning needs of the healthcare workforce.

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