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Workshop: Developing a Professional Register for the Life Sciences Industry Workforce

September 4 2017 @ 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

NHS England has been working closely with industry to develop an independently accredited national register for life science industry representatives. NHS trusts in England are being invited to send a representative who will be leading on the implementation of this within their organisation to this workshop.

The event will focus on how the proposed register could be supported and implemented within NHS organisations, and it will allow attendees to share existing good practice on the governance of partnership working with industry. The register will ensure that the life sciences industry workforce have the necessary education and training to meet standards similar to those in place for other clinical healthcare professionals, providing assurance to patients and the public. This will support joint working in the pursuit of improved patient safety, improved outcomes and system efficiency.


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.