If you are interested in the range of education and training resources and options available for midwives and midwifery professsionals across the North West as well as nationally, then please contact us by email to: contactus@nw-gmsa.nhs.uk

Below are links to education and training resources, including Health Education England's Genomic Education Programme.

We regularly hold webinars via Microsoft Teams, so we'd value your feedback on any future events and topics that you would like to see covered.  To share your thoughts, please click here to complete our quick 60 second survey. 

Following a successful pilot, our colleagues NHS North East & Yorkshire Genomic Medicine Service is delighted to announce that the Prenatal Invasive Testing videos have now been launched and are available in the top 5 languages spoken in NEY: Arabic, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Urdu.  

These videos, accompanied by patient information leaflets, were developed with representatives from clinical practice, policy and education. They aim to support families understanding when they have been referred to specialist fetal medicine services for:

  • Prenatal testing after an unexpected ultrasound finding
  • Prenatal testing following a higher chance screening result
  • Prenatal testing due to family history of a known genetic condition


Film Link - Prenatal Invasive Testing videos & information 

The videos will now appear alongside endorsed staff resources on the NEY GMS website:


Films & Resources LinkFetal Genomics Pathways Staff Resources

Within the webinar,  Dr Saghira Malik Sharif, referenced her published paper  'Enhancing inclusion of diverse populations in genomics' PDF, which is avaialble to view here. 

This webinar is the latest in the 'From Niche to Necessity' series designed for nursing and midwifery profressionals.  




The first of our regional webinars, following the very successful national series in the summer of 2021.


Health Education England's Genomics Education Programme (GEP) have recently announced that their Nursing Educator’s Toolkit has received endorsement from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

The toolkit, developed with representatives from nursing practice, policy, and education, was created to help educators embed genomics into their pre-registration teaching. The toolkit will now appear alongside other endorsed resources on the RCN website.

The toolkit is a case study-based resource that aimsto demonstrate that genomics can be applied across many different fields and clinical situations within nursing practice.  Each case study is mapped to the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses, and annotated with prompts that provide guidance for educators to widen the discussion.

For more information about the toolkit, please take a look at the FAQs available on the Genomic Education Programme website.

HEE-GEP is developing a substantial education programme to inform healthcare professionals about the impact of genomics on clinical practice.  
Please visit: genomicseducation.hee.nhs.uk 

Genomics 101: From Genes to Genome
HEE-GEP offer a wide range of short, flexible e-learning courses. NB: To access this and any of the other online courses available,  you will need to register via                                                                                the eLearning for healthcare portal at https://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/   

Once the course has been completed, you are able to obtain a certificate for CPD points

Did you miss our recent Niche to Necessity: The Northern Return webinar? Developed to support colleagues to identify how and where genomics can benefit patient care through their clinical practice, the free webinar can be viewed on-demand. Please see link below: https://youtu.be/jI6VLUEy0lA 

Our next Niche to Necessity event is being held on Tuesday 27 September 2022.  More details available on our events page.

Funded Postgraduate courses
The Master’s Degree in Genomic Medicine is being delivered by The University Manchester in the North West. Individual modules can be studied on an assessed or non-assessed basis with students either choosing to take assessments and gain accreditation or alternatively only attending the face-to-face lectures delivered by the university without the requirement to carry out self-directed study outside of the sessions.

The GEPs Master’s in Genomic Medicine 
This is a  flexible educational programme designed to provide healthcare professionals with a multidisciplinary perspective on genomics and its applications in healthcare. Individuals can undertake continued personal and professional development (CPPD) modules, a postgraduate certificate or diploma, or a full master’s degree. NHS professionals can apply for course funding. For more information, please email contactus@nw-gmsa.nhs.uk

Are you a Diabetes specialist midwife?  The University of Exeter offer two ways of learning more about Monogenic Diabetes. One is a two-day training course (face to face or virtual) and the other is a series of online lectures followed by multiple choice questions.  To find out more information and to register visit: https://www.diabetesgenes.org/training/