Genome UK Implementation Plan Announced

The UK Government has announced its plan for implementing its ambitious Genome UK strategy. 

In September 2020 the government published Genome UK, a 10-year strategy to create the most advanced genomic healthcare system in the world. Since then the government has worked with delivery partners and key stakeholders to identify early priorities and new projects and programmes that can be commenced and delivered during 2021 and 2022. The implementation plan now released sets out these priority actions for the financial year 2021/22.

Read the implementation plan on the website

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With any Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) test ordered, a Record of Discussion (RoD) form will also need to be submitted. This document is to record the patient’s consent for genomic testing and their choice on taking part in research. Guidance on the patient choice conversation can be found here
This RoD form will be available for clinicians to download from this webpage. Once completed with the patient, it can be send to the lab with the corresponding test order form and sample.
Tests available to order will be listed in the National Genomic Test Directory. A test order form will soon be made available for clinicians on this webpage to download and complete. This form will include the address of the laboratory that the appropriate sample and completed form needs to be sent to.
Until the new Genomic Laboratory Service goes live, please continue to follow existing test order processes.
Later this year, the online test ordering tool for Whole Genome Sequencing will be integrated into the National Genomics Informatics System (NGIS) and clinicians will be able to search or filter to find a clinical indication, confirm eligibility criteria and start the test request process for their patient.