December saw Dr Christopher Clowes, UHNM Genomics Ambassador, travel down to London to speak at a national genomics event. Held at the Hotel Pullman in London on Tuesday 5 December, the NHS Genomic Medicine Centres National Networking Event was focused around patient impact.
Dr Clowes, was asked to present on behalf of the West Midlands Genomics Medicine Centre (WMGMC) regarding the achievements of the region's Genomics
Ambassadors, whose roles are unique to the West Midlands. The Genomics Ambassadors are funded by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network and are necessitated by the ambition of the WMGMC to roll out the 100,000 Genomes Project to all Trusts in the West Midlands.
Presenting alongside Charlotte Hitchcock and Sean James, both Genomics Ambassadors for the West Midlands, Dr Clowes gave an overview of how the trio helps Trusts to setup and deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project. The presentation included how the ambassadors train staff and process map new sample delivery pathways, and utilise Trust Communications Teams and other prominent forums to engage with NHS staff, patients and members of the public to drive recruitment and increase
involvement with the project.
The WMGMC has been both uniquely ambitious and successful in facilitating contributions to the 100,000 Genomes Project as every Trust within the West Midlands is now actively contributing. Locally this means that all of the 5.6 million patients in the West Midlands are provided with access to a genomic medicine diagnostic service at their nearest Trust.
In attendance and celebrating the work of our local Genomics Ambassadors and other project contributors was Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair of NHS England, Sir John Chisholm, Chair of Genomics England, Lord O'Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of NHS England, and many staff and patients involved with or participating in the 100,000 Genomes Project from around the country.