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G is for… genomics

G is for… genomics

The West of England Genomic Medicine Partnership (WEGMP) was formed with the aim of providing a Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC) service to the population in Bristol and areas of Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

100,000 Genomes Project

There are currently 11 GMCs in the UK working with Genomics England to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project, which is the largest national sequencing project of its kind.

The project will sequence 100,000 genomes from around 70,000 people. Participants are NHS patients with a rare disease, plus their families, and patients with cancer.

The aim is to create a new genomic medicine service for the NHS and renovate the way people are cared for. Patients may be offered a diagnosis where there wasn’t one before. In time, there is the potential of new and more effective treatments.

The project will also enable new medical research. Combining genomic sequence data with medical records is a ground-breaking resource. Researchers will study how best to use genomics in healthcare and best practice methods for interpreting the data to help patients. The causes, diagnosis and treatment of diseases will also be investigated.

The project aims to transform care by implementing genomic medicine into the NHS, being able to more accurately diagnose disease, and develop novel research and more effective treatments in the future.

The WEGMP involves the collaborative work of several partners, including the West of England AHSN, five NHS Provider Trusts led by University Hospitals Bristol, three universities, six Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health Education South West, and representation from NHS England.

Education and training

Health Education England and its predecessor, NHS National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre, have developed online resources, courses and a Masters in Genomic Medicine, to ensure that healthcare providers have the opportunity to gain further expertise in this area.

For more information, on our Genomics work, please visit http://www.wegmc.org/.