THC appointed to support South West genomics drive

18th Apr, 2019

Transforming Healthcare Consultancy (THC) has been appointed by North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) to support the South West Genomics Hub Laboratory Service in sequencing the genomes of around 70,000 people in a significant step towards personalised medicine. 


On announcing that it is one of seven genomic laboratory hubs nationally, North Bristol NHS Trust said it will run the service for the South West alongside Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust to support “more personalised medicine for patients with cancer and rare diseases in the South West and beyond”.


THC will support the South West’s genomics programme with experienced project management, financial control and guidance, specifically from: 


  • Stephen Seagreen-Bell - programme management for multi-site full discipline LIMS replacement and service transformation projects

  • Matt Hember - Bio-Informatics project management service for digital transformation in South West Genomics Hub Service

  • Becky Harrison - project management for the SW Genomics Hub Service commissioning programme.


The appointment marks the next phase of a continuing relationship between THC and NBT.  

Stephen Seagreen-Bell, managing director of THC said: “We have worked with North Bristol for a number of years supporting their LIMS implementation programmes and more recently around the initial scoping of the Genomics hub programme. 


“It is a dynamic and developing NHS trust which should be commended on leading the development of the digital solutions within the local genomics service. The potential of this model being adopted nationwide is huge. 


“We’re very excited to be involved in this programme and developing our skills and experience to help a greater number of trusts develop genomics services for personalised medicine that can provide tailored treatments for patients to improve clinical outcomes” concluded Seagreen-Bell.  


Commenting on the announcement of the genomics laboratory, Severn Pathology Pathology Services Director, Dave Gibbs, said: “Now we are able to begin a true transformation that will in all likelihood touch someone dear to each of us.”


The hub will build on the 100,000 Genomes Project to sequence the genomes of around 70,000 people (100,000 patient samples), and supports Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock’s aim to make genome sequencing available to seriously ill children with a suspected genetic disorder and people with specific types of cancer.

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