The primary care accelerator is a programme of support aimed at accelerating innovations being adopted within primary care. Hosted by the Eastern AHSN, the programme is now in its second year.

This year, in partnership with East of England Genomic Medicine Centre, we are looking to accelerate the implementation of genomics within primary care by supporting selected projects.

Each genomics project has the following ambitions:

  • More convenient patient access to health and care services
  • Increased use of personalised medicine, genetics or genomics to improve patient outcomes
  • Expanded multidisciplinary primary care

We have prioritised supporting innovations that align to delivery of the NHS England Five Year Forward View and a further NHS strategy entitled improving outcomes through personalised medicine, which explains how genetics will enhance care delivery across the NHS.

Applications are now closed for this year and we have selected two projects to support:

  • Project one focuses on better prescribing for anti-depressants and prescribing for Familial Hypercholesterolemia. The interventions proposed will yield positive outcomes for patients as well as cost savings from better prescribing. This project will be led by Dr. Alina Roser, a practising GP with a surgery in the Huntingdon area. It is on track to go live with patient testing and new pathways from 1 April 2018. The Eastern AHSN team has also introduced another Cambridgeshire-based surgery who are keen to be involved in the project.
  • Project two centres on supporting children with uncontrolled asthma. The project aims to intervene with a genetic test to establish the presence of a recessive gene that is not responsive to steroid treatment. If identified in the child, the course of treatment would be altered to produce more favourable outcomes for the patients. This project is being led by North East Essex CCG.

Project planning is underway and we will support the teams in a number of ways  throughout the project delivery phases. We will also share their experiences and learning as the projects progress.

If you are interested in learning more about genomics, Health Education England are funding genomic medicine university modules at a range of levels, from individual CPPD modules, to postgraduate certificate or diploma, up to a full Masters qualification. Find out more information here.

To find out more about the Eastern AHSN’s primary care accelerator and our projects, please email

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