Research nurse Claire Lee shares her motivations for taking on the Masters in Genomic Medicine.
I qualified as a children’s nurse in 2009 and have worked hard to pursue my interest in developing a research career whilst maintaining clinical skills and expertise. Working as a research nurse with the paediatric gastroenterology team has provided a unique opportunity to increase our activity with clinical research, but also to observe translational projects with the laboratory team.
I started the Masters in Genomic Medicine in October 2016, hopefully completing this summer. My motivation was to further develop my knowledge in this advancing field, which is highly relevant to the work in our lab, investigating genomics and epigenetics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). I am keen to expand my role, which currently involves consenting patients and undertaking the practicalities to support recruitment, by becoming more actively involved in translational research. I have recently been successful in my application for a grant to support a research project as part of my Masters degree. The grant was awarded by the Crohn’s and Colitis UK (CCUK) in collaboration with British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN). I am excited by the potential and opportunity to undertake this project to improve care and treatment for children with IBD. I have no doubt that this will open up further opportunities to continue to progress and develop from ‘research nurse’ to a successful ‘Nurse Researcher’.
Find out more about genomic medicine CPD modules, postgraduate qualifications and the Master’s programme.
If you are interested in genomics education and training for NHS staff, please visit Health Education England’s website.
The Genomics England Programme is directly supporting healthcare professionals involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project. It provides free, online resources for NHS staff, including short, online modules such as:
- 100,000 Genomes Project: Preparing for the Consent Conversation
- Introduction to Genomics
- Introduction to Bioinformatics.
Also available are:
St George’s, University of London, with support and funding from Health Education South London, provides a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Future Learn platform: The Genomics Era: The Future of Genetics in Medicine. This course has been developed by experts in clinical genetics and education led by a team from St George’s University Hospitals and St George’s, University of London.
‘The Genomics Era’ is free to join and open to anyone, but has been developed with healthcare professionals in mind. The first week’s activities feature a mix of text, video, animation and infographics to introduce topics and concepts including DNA, chromosomes, genes, the production of proteins, and genetic replication and variation.