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NHS North Thames Genomic Medicine Service (GMS) Alliance

The NHS North Thames Genomic Medicine Service (GMS) Alliance , covering North London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire, was formed in 2021 to help embed genomics into routine care and progress the development of personalised medicine.

It is one of seven alliances created by NHS England nationwide to work with patients and the public to build trust in genomics, and develop and educate the workforce to enable all staff across the NHS to use genomics safely, effectively and efficiently to improve care for patients. 

The Alliance brings together multi-disciplinary clinical leadership, including physicians, nurses, midwives, clinical scientists and pharmacists working in both primary and secondary care, the North Thames Genomic Laboratory Hub, Cancer Alliances, research and academia. 

By taking this approach, the aim is for the NHS to become the first health service in the world to systematically embed genomics into routine care and make significant strides to create a system focused on improving health, not just by treating illness, but by better understanding the underlying cause, enabling more accurate prediction of outcomes and tailoring of treatments to individuals.

The Alliance is hosted by UCLPartners and supported by Imperial College Health Partners.