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Strategic Workforce Plan for Genomics consultation – now live

Published Monday 22 April 2024

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) is seeking feedback on a set of actions developed as part of the Strategic Workforce Plan for Genomics.

The specialist genomic workforce and wider non-specialist NHS Wales workforce are encouraged to view the proposed actions and complete the consultation survey by Monday 27 May 2024.

This consultation marks a key milestone in the development of the Strategic Workforce Plan, which is being led by HEIW in partnership with Genomics Partnership Wales (GPW).

Over the next 5-10 years, Genomics will be further integrated into routine clinical practice and extend into all areas of healthcare. It will help everyone to understand more about illness and disease and enable healthcare professionals to develop targeted approaches to treatment and patient care.

The Plan is being developed to:

  • ensure that NHS Wales has a robust and well-supported specialist genomics workforce
  • equip the wider NHS Wales workforce with the knowledge and skills needed to adapt to the rapid development of genomic medicine and the impact this will have on clinical practice across all areas of healthcare
  • make sure that genomics is effectively integrated across the mainstream delivery of health and care in NHS Wales.

Once the consultation phase has ended, the Plan will be finalised and presented to the Genomics Partnership Wales Board for approval this summer.

Dr Nicki Taverner, Genomics Clinical Lead at Health Education and Improvement Wales, commented:

"Whilst many of the actions apply to the specialist genomics workforce, a whole system approach is required to deliver better outcomes for patients when it comes to genomics.

"Therefore, key actions have been developed to educate, train and inspire the wider NHS workforce to become active partners in the delivery of genomic healthcare, in order to realise its full potential.

Whatever your area of practice and your profession, please engage with this consultation. Your input is invaluable in ensuring that the final plan is fit for purpose.”

For more information about development of the plan , please visit our Strategic Workforce Plan for Genomics webpage.