The doctor who implemented the 100,000 Genomes Project at University Hospitals of North Midlands has been given the Chief Executive’s Award in recognition of his work.

Dr Christopher Clowes, Genomics Ambassador for UHNM, has worked tirelessly to instigate this national initiative, launched by NHS England. The project will provide clinicians and patients opportunity to discover the molecular diagnosis for a range of rare diseases and cancers.

Professor Tony Fryer, Director of Research and Development at UHNM, said: “Dr Clowes had to overcome numerous challenges at the start-up of this project to finally oversee recruitment of the first patients in recent months. This is fantastic for UHNM as it provides opportunities for our patients to receive a final diagnosis after what is often an anxious and frustrating time dealing with the unknown.”

On top of setting up the project here at UHNM, Dr Clowes is also overseeing the recruitment of patients at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Clowes said: “Receiving this award is both a great honour and very humbling. However, the award really represents the hard of work of many people and great teams from within various disease specialties and support services across the Trust.

“The project is really well supported at UHNM, which is great news for staff and patients alike, as they know they have the most advanced diagnostic facilities available to them.” Read more

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