Genomics for Pharmacy

Background information

Genomics is the study of the genes in our DNA, their functions and their influence on the growth, development and working of the body – using a variety of techniques to look at the body’s DNA and associated compounds.

The UK is recognised worldwide as a leader in genomics and the unique structure of the NHS is allowing us to deliver these advances at scale and pace for the benefit of patient and their families

The role of NHS England is to enable the NHS to harness the power of genomic medicine and science to improve the health of our population as part of our commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan. We are doing this through the NHS Genomic Medicine Service.


NHS North West Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (NW GMSA)

The NHS North West Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (NW GMSA) is one in a network of seven regional alliances launched in England in January 2021 by the NHS Genomic Medicine Service (GMS) to oversee and co-ordinate the embedding of genomics into routine healthcare across England.

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The NW pharmacy genomics lead Jessica Keen and the GMLPC DOPT Luvjit Kandula have developed an introductory blog for pharmacist teams which provides an overview and links to education and training resources to learn more about the future of genomics and how it will apply to pharmacy in the future.

Read the blog detailing an introduction to Genomics 


NW Genomics Network Newsletter

Please find the link to the summer edition of the NW Pharmacy Genomics Network Newsletter:


Genomics in the North West

A North West network for pharmacy staff with an interest in genomics has recently been established.

If you are interested in joining or would like more information then please contact us by email to:

A Forum for the North West Genomics Pharmacy Network on NHS Futures will be launched in the near future.

Read more information on this including education, training resources and Health Education England’s Genomic Education Programme.


Exciting new Pharmacogenomics educational resource

To help facilitate the mainstreaming of genomics into everyday healthcare, the National Genomics Education programme has once again expanded its flagship educational resource GeNotes to include a brand-new pharmacogenomics collection, which joins existing specialties such as paediatrics and endocrinology. Visit the new collection here:

GeNotes Pharmacogenomics has been developed in collaboration with clinical experts working across the NHS and covers when, why and how to request genomic testing, as well as support on feeding back results to patients.



The NHS GMSA (Genomic Medicine Service Alliance) has produced an infographic detailing the 5 reasons why genomics matters in pharmacy practice