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#GenomicsConversation 2021: Five key themes

22nd June 2021

Plans are coming together for the HEE Genomics Education Programme (GEP) #GenomicsConversation campaign, starting on Monday 28 June. Aimed at nurses, midwives and health visitors, the week will demonstrate the relevance of genomics in healthcare practice through a selection of learning resources and online activities.

Genomics is going to be fundamental to the future of healthcare, transforming outcomes for patients and families. These new technologies are already entering mainstream healthcare and to help prepare you for this exciting future you will need some understanding of what it means for you, your clinical practice and those people in your care.

Each day of the week has been dedicated to covering one of the common themes that emerged from the GEP genomics awareness survey last year:

  • Monday – “I don’t know what genomics is.”
  • Tuesday – “Genomics is not relevant to my role.”
  • Wednesday – “It all sounds too difficult.”
  • Thursday – “I don’t have time to learn about genomics.”
  • Friday – “I’m not sure what I should do next.”

Free online activities will be made available throughout the week, tailored to reflect each day’s theme. This year, HEE GEP is pleased to launch several new resources, including podcast interviews and the first of three RCNi educational webinars (see below for more details), that will be posted out as part of their range of curated content.

For further news and updates on the #GenomicsConversation 2021, follow on social media or check out their webpage.


RCNi educational webinars From Niche to Necessity: Genomics in routine care

Free to attend webinar series

NHS England and NHS Improvement and Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme have partnered with the RCNi and extend a warm invitation to you to join them at an introductory series of 3 free webinars exploring genomics, its use in healthcare and the opportunities it brings for nurses, midwives, and health visitors. With no prior knowledge of genomics required, each webinar will highlight different topics and feature contributions from a wide variety of professional in practice, suitable for all from ‘Novice to Expert’.

  1. Webinar 1 – What is Genomics: How will this change my clinical practice? 29 June 14:00-16:00
    • The first webinar will explore what genomics is, why nurses and midwives need to get involved now, and how will it change practice for the benefit of patients.
    • Introduction by Chief Nursing Officer for England – Ruth May
  2. Webinar 2 – How is genomics changing healthcare right now and in the future? 21 July 14:00-16:00
    • In the second webinar, you will hear how genomics is already being used throughout healthcare to bring real benefits to patients including lots of examples from nurses and midwives working in the field.
    • Introduction by Professor Jacqueline Dunkley Bent Chief midwifery Officer for England
  3. Webinar 3 – Genomics: It’s my time to learn! 8 September 14:00-16:00
    • The final webinar will explore opportunities for learning about genomics including what’s currently out there to help healthcare professionals get up to speed with what they need for their own practice.
    • Introduction by Professor Mark Radford Chief Nurse for Health Education England

For more information please contact Rosie Davis, RCNi Event Manager at [email protected]