The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) was established in 1991 and is a not-for-profit organisation, funded by Health Education England. The CPPE is recognised as an effective provider of high-quality learning resources to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the NHS workforce across England. Hosted by the University of Manchester, the CPPE currently offers over 270 online training modules.
We spoke with Michal Lada, a CPPE Senior pharmacist in learning development, about their e-learning programme “Introduction to Genomics in Pharmacy.”
Michal told us that the programme was developed with pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and also pre-registration pharmacists in mind. The information was put together by experts in the field including Professor Dyfrig Hughes, co-director of the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation at Bangor University. Sonali Sangvhi, Pharmacy Advisor at the NHS England Genomics Unit, as well as Dr Michelle Bishop, Education Development Lead at HEE Genomics Education Programme, provided external reviews of the e-learning. Other experts came from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds related to genomics and pharmacogenomics. Professor Hughes also acts as a programme guardian, ensuring that the content will be kept up to date with the ever-developing science behind this field.
The e-learning programme describes the role of genomics and pharmacogenomics in the healthcare context, discusses some of the terms and concepts used in genomics, and identifies some of the practical, ethical and social issues in implementing genomics in pharmacy. The programme covers the theory behind pharmacogenomics, but also contains inspirational accounts from healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, who work in various sectors related to genomics. Current and future challenges in bringing pharmacogenomics into healthcare are explored, and worldwide examples of the application of pharmacogenomic testing are presented. The programme also introduces the NHS Genomic Medicine Service.
Michal explained the importance of this topic, saying, “pharmacy is one of those healthcare professions that deals with medicines and supports patients in a very person-centered way. Genomics and pharmacogenomics appear more and more to be some of the most important factors in the management of treatments through, for example, the reduction of adverse reactions and improvement in medicines efficacy.”