Courses and Further Education

Short Courses

Cancer Genomics: The Essentials

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with Medics.Academy (a medical education company that creates enhanced, online learning solutions for healthcare organisations, professionals and students), have developed ‘Nucleus’, a revolutionary online educational programme to future proof the medical workforce for the genomics generation.

Nucleus provides an interactive, CPD-accredited learning platform for forward-thinking professionals. Its virtual nature means it can rapidly iterate in response to the expanding nature of genomic knowledge, allowing members of the community to tailor their educational needs, learning at their own pace anytime, anywhere.

The Nucleus course packages are focused on evidence-based best practice, and the content has been designed by clinicians from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The first of these course packages is ‘Cancer Genomics: The Essentials’, which teaches the key concepts every health practitioner needs to know about cancer genomics. It consists of four modules that cover the basic principles of cancer genomics, ranging from cancer biology to hereditary cancer risk assessment to the utility of precision oncology in cancer treatment.

Subsequent Cancer Genomics course packages are in development that build on this essential knowledge base, in order to equip healthcare professionals with the skills to successfully utilise cancer genomics in their everyday clinical practice.

If you would like to find out more about how Nucleus could benefit you, your colleagues, your organisation and ultimately the patients you care for, then please do sign up at Nucleus or contact a member of the team at hello@medics.academy.

 

Website: https://www.medics.academy/courses/nucleus-genomics-the-essentials/

Duration: Four hours

Cost: £80-150

Content:

  • The Basics of Cancer Biology and Genomics
  • Cancer Susceptibility Genomics
  • Principles of Genomic Testing
  • Precision Oncology -Clinical Applications

Futurelearn courses

A variety of relevant courses on the topics of Cancer Genetics and Genomics, developed and accredited by different universities and training bodies, are available through FutureLearn: Online Courses and Degrees from Top Universities

Duration: 4-6 weeks 

Cost: Free with option to upgrade for certification (£52)

Available courses: 

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George's University of London

Health Education England

University of Glasgow

University of Leeds

University of Bath

Genomics Education Programme

A number of online bitesize or short courses for healthcare workers have been developed as part of the Health Education England Genomics Education Programme.

Cost: Free to NHS and universities

Duration: ~30min-9hours

 

Information about Taught courses, useful videos, podcasts, and teaching resources are also available on this website

Formal postgraduate qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate in Interpretation

This course is specially designed for Clinical Geneticists. The course, accredited by St George's University of London, comprises four modules which are firmly embedded in the Clinical Genetics training pathway. This programme runs in parallel with full-time clinical duties and embeds academic teaching with clinical application. 

Cost: £725

Duration: Two Years (max four for completion) 

Further information available here.

Postgraduate Certificate in Cancer Genetics (RCPI)

This is a six-month blended course, accredited by Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. The majority of the course content is delivered in a self-paced virtual learning environment, with a midpoint half-day webinar to complement online learning. 

Cost: €2500

Modules:

  1. Fundamentals of DNA Structure, Repair and Variation
  2. Molecular Basis of Cancer
  3. Genetic Counselling and Practical Considerations For Genetic Testing
  4. Variant Interpretation
  5. Inherited Cancer Predisposition
  6. Ethics, Consent and Confidentiality in Genomic Medicine

30 ECTS (pending QQI accreditation)

Further information available here

Certificate/Diploma/MSc Genomic Medicine

The Master’s in Genomic Medicine was launched by NHS Health Education England Genomics Medicine Programme in 2014. This programme aims to provide healthcare professionals with a multidisciplinary perspective on genomics and its  various applications in healthcare.

The programme is flexible, offering qualifications ranging from standalone continued personal and professional development (CPPD) modules, to a postgraduate certificate (30 ECTS) or diploma (60 ECTS), or a full Master’s degree (90 ECTS).

NHS professionals can apply for course funding through HEE, subject to funding rules. 

A number of university providers are able to accept HEE-funded applications: 

Other universities may be able to accept self-funded applications: 

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