The West of England Genomic Medicine Partnership (WEGMP) has been set up with the aim to provide a Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC) service to the population in Bristol and parts of Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
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 in the world.
100,000 genomes from NHS patients with rare diseases and cancer will be sequenced and analysed, to better understand the genetic causes of these diseases. 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.
Who are we?
The WEGMP involves the collaborative work of numerous 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.
The WEGMP has developed pathways for recruitment of patients with eligible rare diseases or cancer: Rare Diseases Pathway and Generic Cancer Pathway. More information will be available when recruitment is active.
Patients and clinicians
Individuals interested in taking part in the 100,000 Genomes Project can find out more about the process here.
Genomics England has a library of information sheets, consent forms, protocol and eligibility criteria which can be accessed here. Please note that the list of eligible rare diseases may change as the project progresses.
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 knowledge, skills and experience in this area.
Free online resources and courses
- Introducing Genomics into Healthcare – free video resources
- Genomic Medicine: Transforming Patient Care in Diabetes – free online course over four weeks (started 22 February 2016)
- Inside cancer: How genes influence cancer development – free online course over six weeks (started 7 March 2016)
- Cancer in the 21st century: The genomic revolution – free online course over six weeks (starts 18 April 2016)
NHS Genomic Medicine Centres (GMC)
For more information on the 13 GMCs established by NHS England, please visit the Genomics England website.
Public and Patient Involvement (PPI)
PPI events will be organised in the region with the support of the West of England AHSN, the Collaboration for Leadership in Allied Health Research and Care West (CLAHRC West), and the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.
News and views
- What do patients think about genetic testing?
- Going the extra mile for Genomics
- WEGMP Briefing Issue 2 (PDF)
- WEGMP Briefing Issue 1 (PDF)
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