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Clinical Genomic Services: Public Consultation

Public consultation on clinical genomics services in England NHS England are currently seeking views on proposed changes to the Clinical Genomic Service Specification. This Service Specification outlines standards for clinical genomic services in England. Some changes to this specification are being considered which NHS England is seeking feedback from the public on. The consultation is …

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[Journal of Advanced Nursing] Genomic research: The landscape for nursing

Genomic research: The landscape for nursing NHS South East Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (GMSA) Director of Nursing & Midwifery, Dr Tootie Bueser, shares why it’s so important for nurses to engage and lead on areas of research emerging in the genomics field. “The advent of genomics presents exciting possibilities for nurses as we critically reflect …

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#GenomicsConversation week 2022

#GenomicsConversation week 2022 Genomics Conversation week is a yearly event organised by Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme to spark a  conversation about genomics and increase healthcare professionals’ familiarity with the topic. Join us this Genomics Conversation week in the South East where we will talk about genomics and share various examples of  how it …

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[Front Line Genomics] Cancer Genomics: The impact of genomics on cancer research, diagnostics, therapeutics and clinical care

Cancer Genomics: The Impact of Genomics on Cancer Research, Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Clinical Care This latest report from Front Line Genomics showcases progress made across the cancer genomics field, areas of transformative research and how this could translate into clinic in the future. Contributors include Anju Kulkarni, Consultant Clinical Geneticist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ …

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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 …

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Critical incident affecting genomics tests from Viapath

The issues with our IT systems have now been resolved  and our laboratory is processing all tests and referrals sent to us.

Please be aware that as normal services resume you may experience some delays to receiving results and the reports may look different.

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.