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Mainstreaming Genomic Medicine Programme: November 2021

Book your place now for this free online, interactive, training programme with a practical focus on specific disease areas.

This programme aims to support healthcare professionals who have been or will be involved in the consenting of patients for genomic testing, the requesting of genetic/genomic tests and in communicating the results.

Organised by the North Thames Genomic Medicine Service, the online sessions will involve a series of interactive workshops and provide opportunities to engage and ask questions; signposting for further information and support will be given.

Training Sessions

Participants should complete two core modules and one specialist session.

Core sessions
An Introduction to Genomics
This session will cover; principles of genomic testing and clinical applications, the consent conversation, implications of results and ethical, legal, and social issues of genome testing.
Thursday 11th Nov 2021 13.00 – 14.00
Participants will be asked to do some pre-reading, which will take about 30 minutes  
Return of Results
This session will cover; types of germline genomic test results, how to read a genetic test report, implications of results to patients and families.
Thursday 25th Nov 2021 13.00 – 14.00

Specialist sessions
These 60-minute sessions will focus on the practical application within a specialist area
Community PaediatricsThursday 11th Nov 2021, 14.00–15.00
MalignanciesMonday 15th Nov 2021, 13.00–14.00 
Bowel CancerTuesday 16th Nov 2021, 13.00–14.00
Breast CancerTuesday 16th Nov 2021, 14.30–15.30
GynaecologyWednesday 17th Nov 2021, 13.00–14.00
PaediatricsTBC – please contact corinnetrim@nhs.net to register your interest

To book onto the programme please visit our EventBrite Page

If you have any questions, would like further information or to discuss individual needs, please contact the Programme Lead Corinne Trim on corinnetrim@nhs.net

The programme has been developed in the line with the HEE GEP competency framework to facilitate the consent conversation for genomic testing and the competency framework for communicating germline genomic results

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Optimising EXome PREnatal Sequencing Services – EXPRESS Study Webinar

Professor Lyn Chitty and Dr Melissa Hill would like to invite you to join the EXPRESS team for a webinar that will provide an update on the R21 service, describe the progress of the study and next steps.

The webinar is aimed at professionals interested in the R21 service.

Date: October 28th 12:00 – 13:00

Meeting link

You can access the meeting directly on the day here: https://ucl.zoom.us/j/99336452045

To register for event reminders, please visit our Eventbrite page and enter your details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/express-webinar-tickets-193367626777?keep_tld=1

Agenda

Facilitator: Dr Jean Ledger, UCL Department of Applied Health Research

  • Prenatal Exome Sequencing service update: Professor Lyn Chitty, North Thames GLH, GOSH
  • EXPRESS Study Overview: Dr Melissa Hill,North Thames GLH, GOSH
  • What’s out there for parents? A systematic review of online information about prenatal microarray and exome sequencing: Dr Michelle Peter,North Thames GLH, GOSH
  • Equitable access, equitable services: Professional views and experiences of the first year offering prenatal exome sequencing in the NHS: Dr Hannah McInnis-Dean, Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)

If you have any questions, please contact EXPRESS@gosh.nhs.uk

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Genomics and Maternity Care Programme

Book your place now for this free on-line, interactive, training programmes with a focus on maternity care.

Organised by the North Thames Genomic Medicine Service, this programme will provide an overview of the development of the Genomic Medicine Service and what this means for midwives, their patients/families and for their care.

This programme is aimed at Midwives based in the North Thames region (North London, Essex and Hertfordshire) or whose unit sends test requests to the North Thames Genomic Laboratory Hub.

This programme will consist of 2x 1 hour interactive, online modules, with opportunities to ask questions and interact with the faculty. The modules will also signpost attendees to additional resources and support.

Training Modules

Introductory Module (Level 1) :- An Introduction to GenomicsTuesday 9th November 12.00 – 13.00 hrs
Or
Monday 22nd November 12.00 – 13.00 hrs
Specialist Module (level 2) :- Genomics and Maternity CareThursday 11th November 12.00 – 13.00 hrs
Or
Friday 26th November 12.00 – 13.00 hrs
It is recommended that participants undertake both sessions, but please feel free to talk to the team regarding individual needs.

To book onto the programme please visit our Eventbrite page

For further information please contact the Programme Lead Corinne Trim on corinnetrim@nhs.net

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News

Newsletter launched for the EXPRESS Study

A newsletter has been launched to support the EXPRESS study (Optimising Exome PREnatal Sequencing Services) and the R21 Prenatal Exome Service.

The study, a three-year NIHR HS&DR funded project, has been set up to evaluate the implementation of prenatal exome sequencing now that the service is being offered as part of national mainstream care.

You can download the September Issue of the newsletter here!

To find out more about the research, and to subscribe to future updates, email the team at express@gosh.nhs.uk.

For more information about the clinical service contact either the North Thames GLH Testing Laboratory at gos-tr.londonnorthglhrapidsequencing@nhs.net  or Central and South GLH Testing Laboratory at bwc.rglprenatalexome@nhs.net.

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Presentation Resource Video

Genomic testing in cancer: NTRK testing and reporting pathways

In this presentation, Dr Mike Hubank, Scientific Director of the North Thames GLH provides an overview of the clinical testing and reporting pathways associated with managing cancer patients with NTRK gene-fusions.

Recorded in June 2021 as part of The Genomic Medicine Service and NTRK Tumour Agnostic Testing and Treatment Pathways in Solid Tumours virtual meeting. You can view the other presentations from the meeting by following the links below;

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Genomic testing in cancer: NTRK sample requirements, tumour assessments and optimising tissue pathways

In this presentation, Professor Louise Jones, Pathology Lead, North Thames GLH provides an overview of the sample requirements for NTRK gene-fusion testing and how to optimise tissue pathways.

Recorded in June 2021 as part of The Genomic Medicine Service and NTRK Tumour Agnostic Testing and Treatment Pathways in Solid Tumours virtual meeting. You can view the other presentations from the meeting by following the links below;

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The role of the Genomic Medicine Service in precision oncology

In this presentation, Dr Angela George, Clinical Director (Cancer) of the North Thames GLH explores the role of the NHS genomic medicines service in delivering cancer genomic testing via the regional network of GLH’s.

Recorded in June 2021 as part of The Genomic Medicine Service and NTRK Tumour Agnostic Testing and Treatment Pathways in Solid Tumours virtual meeting. You can view the other presentations from the meeting by following the links below;


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Our Researchers

Dr Elizabeth Scotchman

Clinical Scientist

Lizzie is a clinical scientist in the translational research team. She studied Natural Sciences, specialising in Genetics, at Cambridge University and then went on to do a PhD in Paul Nurse’s lab at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute. She trained and worked as a clinical scientist at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust before moving to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 2019. During her scientist training she achieved an MSc in Clinical Science (Clinical Genetics) from Nottingham University, during which she carried out a research project investigating the use of long-read sequencing using the Oxford Nanopore Technologies MinION for the characterisation of mitochondrial DNA rearrangements.

Lizzie’s main research focus is developing new non-invasive prenatal tests for single gene disorders, and currently she is investigating the use of long-read sequencing for prenatal genetic diagnosis. She has also been involved in setting up rapid prenatal exome sequencing as a clinical diagnostic service.

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Bringing Genomics into routine care: Panel Q&A

Recording of a virtual Q&A hosted in June 2021 for NHS healthcare professionals to learn more about how genomics is being embedded into the NHS. Particularly relevant for nurses, midwives, health visitors and pharmacists.

Video Overview

SessionClip time
Presentation: Genomics in our practice00:00 – 26:20
Panel Q&A: Ask our team26:20 – 43:44
What to do next: Education and training resources43:54 – 51:31

The Panel

  • Natalie Percival, Chief nursing officer at North Thames Genomic Medicine Service Alliance
  • Dr Angela Brady, Consultant Clinical Geneticist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London
  • Dr. Raliat Onatade, Chief Pharmacist at North Thames Genomic Medicine Service Alliance
  • Demetra Georgiou, Genomic transformation manager (healthcare innovation) at Imperial and North West London Healthcare
  • Blanche Griffin, North Thames Genomic Medicine Service Pathway Implementation Manager
  • Corinne Trim, Education and Training Lead at North Thames Genomic Medicine Services
  • Dr Dagmar Tapon, Genetic Counsellor at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Please find below a list of the further education opportunities and information sources highlighted in the presentation:

  • Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme offers educational slide decks, videos and taught courses. Visit their website for further information here
  • Organised by NHSEI, HEE’s Genomics Education programme and the RCNi, you can register for the remaining ‘From Niche to Necessity: Genomics in routine care’ webinars, which aim to support nurses, midwives and health visitors. Each webinar is CPD-certified and will allow participants to gain two hours of participatory CPD towards their revalidation. You can register here
  • To find our more about the Master’s in Genomic Medicine, sponsored by HEE’s Genomics Education Programme, visit their website here
    • Futurelearn also offer a number of courses related to genomics
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2021/2022 funding opens for Master’s-level CPPD modules in genomics

Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme (GEP) has opened the 2021/2022 funding application process for their Master’s-level CPPD modules and qualifications in genomics.

This is an exciting opportunity for NHS healthcare professionals in England who are interested in developing their knowledge of genomics and how it can be applied to clinical practice and medical research.

Seven partner universities will continue delivering a co-ordinated programme of genomic education after being awarded contracts in 2020. NHS employees in England can now apply for funding to undertake up to four individual CPPD modules that start before 31 March 2022.

There is also funding available for those wishing to extend previously awarded qualifications within the Master’s in Genomic Medicines framework.

You can find out more about the modules and how to apply for funding on the Genomics Education Programme website.