The NHS Genomic Medicine Service
Building on the success of the 100,000 Genomes Project, NHS England have introduced a national Genomic Medicine Service (GMS). This world-leading initiative will embed genomics into routine NHS care and make significant strides to create a system focused on improving health, not just by treating illness, but by enabling faster diagnoses and tailoring treatments to individuals through harnessing the power of genomic technology and science.
The national genomic testing service is delivered through a network of seven supra-regional NHS Genomic Laboratory Hubs (GLHs), each responsible for coordinating consistent and equitable services for their region in accordance with the new National Genomic Test Directory.
Aligned to these regions, seven NHS Genomic Medicine Service Alliances (GMSAs) have also been established. Each GMSA has a critical role in facilitating strong collaborations across their large geographies, providing clinical leadership to enable the multi-professional workforce to use genomics safely, effectively and efficiently, and working with patients and the public to build trust in genomics.
Together, the GLHs and GMSAs form the new national NHS Genomic Medicine Service, delivering equitable and consistent access to genomic testing and end-to-end care pathways across the country.
The NHS South East Genomic Laboratory Hub
The NHS South East Genomic Laboratory Hub (SE GLH) provides genetic and genomic testing for a total of 19 acute NHS Trusts and 9 non-acute NHS Trusts in the South London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex region. All genomic tests available in the NHS Genomic Medicine Service are listed in the National Genomic Test Directory.
The NHS South East Genomic Medicine Service Alliance
The NHS South East Genomic Medicine Alliance (SE GMSA) brings together providers within South London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex to work in partnership to support the systematic embedding of genomics in to mainstream care, focusing on reducing unwarranted variation and delivering the NHS Long Term Plan commitments to make demonstrable improvements to outcomes for our patients and the population we serve.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
We are delighted to introduce our first joint Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for our South East Genomic Medicine Services. We are proud to have co-designed our strategy through working with and listening to our stakeholders, staff and patients. This strategy builds upon what we have already achieved and pledges to a culture of inclusion and learning to continuously improve our patient care and experience.
Other services and GMS regions
Clinical Genetics Services within the South East
South East Thames Regional Genetics Service (Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS FT)
South West Thames Regional Genetics Service (St George’s University Hospitals NHS FT)