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Lead Genetic Counsellor

Band 8b

Main area
Medical Genetics
Band 8b
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
University Hospital of Wales
£53,168 - £62,001 per annum
Salary period
04/03/2021 23:59



Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (the UHB) is a Smoke Free Health Board. Smoking is banned across all of the UHB sites. Staff are therefore not able to smoke in the hospital grounds or on any other UHB premises.


The UHB reserves the right to close this vacancy after 24 hours if a large number of suitable applications are received. Therefore we encourage early applications to ensure consideration for this post.


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We are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We welcome applications from everyone and actively seek a diverse range of applicants. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential no matter their disability, sex, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity or marriage and civil partnership status.


Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English


Lead Genetic Counsellor – All Wales Medical Genetics Service

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional individual as Lead Genetic Counsellor of the All Wales Medical Genetics Service (AWMGS) based at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

The AWMGS provides clinical genetics services to the 3 million residents of Wales from three bases – Cardiff, Swansea and North Wales – offering a mainly outpatient based service. The service provides a comprehensive clinical genetics and laboratory service.

The AWMGS is a major stakeholder in the Welsh Government’s plan to create a sustainable, internationally-competitive environment for genetics and genomics. The recently launched Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy is looking to develop a service that is innovative, responsive and well-connected to the major genetics and genomics initiatives that are evolving worldwide. We are looking to develop with partners a Genomic Medicine Centre to act as a focus for the translation of genomic research into NHS Wales.

The Lead Genetic Counsellor will have an important role in both the management and development of the AWMGS. The post holder will be expected to lead the Genetic Counsellor group and will be accountable for the clinical service delivery provided by the Genetic Counsellors, including the continued professional development of the group.

The post holder will be a key member of the senior management team and will be expected to support the development of a strategic vision for the service in Wales and the subsequent delivery of high quality, safe and effective clinical genetic services in accordance with that vision. The post holder will be an expert within the genetic counselling profession and take the lead in providing expert genetic counselling and management of complex cases. The post holder will demonstrate excellent counselling skills and a clear insight into the psychosocial impacts of the disorders encountered and appropriate strategies to manage them.

For appointment at Band 8b, the post holder will have UK Genetic Counsellor Registration Board (GCRB) registration with extensive experience of practicing as a registered Genetic Counsellor, plus experience of managing a clinical service at a senior level.

Travel around NHS Wales sites will be required so a flexible approach to work will be needed plus an ability to travel between sites in a timely manner.

We are searching for an individual who is able to demonstrate the core values of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board:
- We care about the people we serve and the people we work with
- We trust one another
- We respect each other
- We take personal responsibility
- We treat people with kindness
- We act with integrity

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Closing date: 4th March 2021

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Welsh language skills are desirable

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Alex Murray

Consultant in Clinical Genetics and Lead Clinician