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Genetic Counsellor

Job Reference: 321-MRC-GC-B7-A

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Genetics
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford
£37,570 - £43,772 per ann

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.

Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

Band 7 Genetic Counsellor


· 37.5 hours per week, Permanent

The Oxford Centre for Genomic Medicine (OxGEM) provides a high quality genetic counselling service at regional specialist level for a population of 3 million in the counties of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and the Swindon part of Wiltshire.

Our team is seeking an enthusiastic individual with excellent genomic science knowledge and counselling skills to join our busy team. The post holder will be based at OXGEM, which is situated at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital, Oxford. The successful post holder will be involved in a mixture of Prenatal, Cancer, General, and Multi-Disciplinary Team clinics (both in Oxford and in peripheral regions). These posts will provide the opportunity for personal and professional development.

We are seeking an experienced Genetic Counsellor who has completed either the STP Genomic Counselling Programme or has two years of clinical practice in a regional genetics service and holds GCRB registration. Specifically, the successful post holder will be reflective individuals, who demonstrate a strong commitment to OUH Trust Values alongside an equally strong allegiance to the GCRB Code of Conduct and AGNC Code of Ethics. OxGEM are committed to hiring practitioners who are team players, that treat all patients and staff members with dignity and respect.

Applicants should be registered, with the GCRB, via Set A (MSc Genetic Counselling) or Set B (NMC plus GCRB prescribed qualifications) or due to complete the STP Genomic Counselling programme by September 2019. Please see GCRB website for GCRB eligibility criteria. We recognise internationally obtained MSc Genetic Counselling qualifications as per GCRB reciprocity agreements, providing applicants are eligible to work in the UK. We also welcome applications from recent MSc Graduates without experience, and if successful will remunerate at Band 6 Trainee level until competences are met (i.e. GCRB registration, up to a maximum of 3 years).


Closing Date : 04.10.19



For further details / informal visits contact:

Barbara Stayner, Lead Genetic Counsellor

Peter Risby, Principal Genetic Counsellor

No unsolicited recruitment agency telephone calls or emails.

Please note that this post is subject to a 6 month probationary period. If you currently hold a contract of employment with the Oxford University Hospitals, this will not apply. This statement does not apply to Medical staff or Executive Appointments.

Please make sure that you read the job description and person specification attached below, and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

When providing employment reference details please provide correct work related email addresses so references can be sought promptly when we are looking to progress your application. Your first referee will need to be your line manager, supervisor or clinical lead from your current or most recent post or place of study. This information is essential if your offer of employment is to be confirmed.

Candidates selected for interview will be contacted after the short listing process, usually within 2 weeks. (Please note that shortlisting times vary when applying for a Medical position within the Trust) The majority of correspondence will be via the e-recruitment system, therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders in web-based email products.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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