The Genomics Policy Unit (GPU) is one of the longest established research groups in the UK studying the implications of genetics and genomics. USW is the only UK academic institution working in the UK working in this specific area
Since 1996 we have undertaken programmes of innovative research around the effect of genomic technologies on healthcare, particularly in relation to health professionals and the public.
The GPU has made a significant contribution to the development of policy and practice in genomics at national and international level with particularly pioneering work in the fields of public engagement and training of health professionals (particularly nurses and midwives).
Our aim is to make a significant contribution to professional preparation, public education, and ultimately to improvements in care through the use of genomics. We are doing this through our research, by generating new knowledge and applying that knowledge to policy developments in health, education and nursing leadership.
We have expertise in a number of areas including consensus techniques; development of competence frameworks and maturity matrix based assessment tools; the collection and use of patient/personal narrative; and the use of innovative approaches to work with hard-to-reach groups, in particular young-people. The GPU has two main strands of enquiry.