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Genetic Counsellor

Job Reference: 200-CWBHT-1908718-GO

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Genetics
St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London
£44 347- 50 549 pa inc

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a friendly, dynamic and supportive team of Genetic Counsellors at the South West Thames Regional Genetics Department. We are looking for an experienced Genetic Counsellor who is passionate and motivated. The individual should have the ability to recognise the needs of a service and team and adopt a flexible and collaborative approach to their work. As a team, we regularly attend conferences and present findings from audits, service development and research projects.

The post will cover cancer, prenatal and general genetics with scope to include cardiac and neurogenetics, depending upon the needs of the service and the interest of the individual. We are fortunate to have St George’s University of London on site, providing many teaching opportunities at the level of undergraduate, postgraduate and medical students. There would be scope within this role for the appointed person to take a special interest in teaching, education, and mentoring of students. Our team of consultants is very strong clinically as well as in research and education.

We provide an integrated clinical genetics service for individuals or families who have, or are at risk of having a genetic disorder. We deliver this service at St George's Hospital, a leading London teaching hospital and one of the largest healthcare units in the UK, as well as in a number of local district hospitals across the region including in Surrey and West Sussex.

Applicants should ideally have experience as a Band 6/7 Genetic Counsellor and must be registered with the Genetic Counsellor Registration Board (GCRB) or equivalent, or ready to submit imminently.

MSc in Genetic Counselling or graduate nurse or midwife, with two years post-registration experience, plus counselling skills training of at least 90 hours duration and a genetics course of at least 30 hours.

Applicants must be registered with the Genetic Counsellor Registration Board or should be near to submission of registration portfolio.

Experience as a Band 7 Genetic Counsellor desired but experience in genetic counselling, at level of Trainee Genetic Counsellor (Band 6) or equivalent will be considered

Key Responsibilities:

Provide comprehensive genetic counselling to individuals and families with hereditary conditions, including collecting medical, family and psychological history, risk assessments, education about inheritance, the condition, genetic testing and management.

Use non-directive and other counselling skills to counsel patients about various testing options and to facilitate decision-making.

Liaise with laboratory colleagues to order & communicate about genetic tests and to discuss complex test results which are difficult to interpret.

Liaise with colleagues in other specialities, locally and nationally to ensure appropriate follow up of patients.

Design and implement audit of clinical genetics to maintain clinical governance and audit profile of department.

Present findings of research, audit and clinical practice to large groups of staff or members of the public, within the Trust, regionally, nationally, or internationally

Take personal responsibility for continuing professional self-development (together with the Lead Genetic Counsellor) and keep up-to-date with changes in the practice of genetic counselling.



Ability to work autonomously and manage independent clinical caseload efficiently.

Ability to recognise personal boundaries and limitations in knowledge and seek appropriate advice and support from colleagues.

Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team.

Ability to analyse research findings to inform practice development.


Please note this role will close on - 12th Sep 2019

For further details / informal visits contact:

Kelly Kohut, Lead Consultant Genetic Counsellor

020 8725 0957

Jessica Bailey, Principal Genetic Counsellor

020 8725 0959

Erin Baker, Principal Genetic Counsellor

020 8266 6976




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Please note that this vacancy may close before the advertised closing date if sufficient applicants are received. Please check your email regularly as all candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted and informed by email.

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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.

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