Health Education England (HEE) is extending a new online tool for clinicians to help them access vital genomics information for their patients.  

GPs and clinicians working in primary care have been invited to try out the GeNotes digital tool and provide their feedback via an online survey. This feedback will be used to help refine the final product. 

GeNotes (genomic notes for clinicians) has been designed by HEE to support healthcare professionals make the right genomics decisions for patients at each stage of the clinical pathway. During patient consultations, clinicians can use the web-based resource to find educational information and links to bite-sized further learning. They can also use it to help them access genomics testing for their patients.  

Dr Jude Hayward, primary care adviser to the HEE Genomics Education Programme, said: “In developing GeNotes, we have fine-tuned the resources to offer just the information a busy clinician needs at the point of patient care.  

“Our user research is an important component to help us make further improvements before we roll out the service more widely across primary care.” 

The GeNotes tool was developed by HEE in collaboration with clinical experts in the NHS. It has already been tested by colleagues in oncology and paediatrics, and gained a 90 out of 100 usability score, where the internationally recognised measure of acceptable usability is 60 out of a 100. 

Dr Hayward added: “GeNotes will be a vital resource for primary care. As genomic testing continues to be embedded within clinical care, particularly in rare disease and cancer, our primary care colleagues need quick access to concise, focused information about referral routes and clinical management.” 

Last year Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust took steps to protect the workforce for the ‘genomics generation’ through a partnership with Medics.Academy. The collaboration resulted in an online programme to teach more staff about the science of genomics, which is predicted to become an integral part of healthcare of the future.