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Genetic Counsellor (XR07)

Job Reference: 298-PATH-536

298 Clinical Genetics - CAH
Chapel Allerton
£38,890 to £44,503 pa

TITLE: Genetic Counsellor


GRADE: Band 7 (Annex 21 will apply for non-registered applicant)


HOURS: Full time


LOCATION: Yorkshire Regional Genetics Service


SALARY: £38,890 - £44,503 Pro rata



An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Genetic Counsellor (GC) to join the Yorkshire Regional Genetics Service (YRGS). The YRGS covers a population of 4.2 million across a large, varied geographical area. The whole service comprises a substantial team of Consultant Clinical Geneticists, Genetic Counsellors, Genetic Research Nurses and Practitioners.


The post-holder will be expected to provide an expert genetic counselling service in line with the Job Description and Personal Specification. He/she will manage their own case-load which will comprise a comprehensive and a wide range of genetic conditions.


This exciting post has been developed with support from the British Heart Foundation, Mile Frost Fund. The GC will work as part of the established Inherited Cardiac Conditions (ICC) team alongside an ICC specialist nurse to assist patients and families affected with cardiac conditions.


Initially this will focus on providing equitable access across the region to genetic testing and clinical screening for those affected with and at risk of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The counsellor will work with the cardiology and genetic teams to expand a family centred clinical and genetic screening programme.


The GC would improve identification of index cases, both alive and deceased. This would be achieved by:

  • Involvement in triaging referrals to the ICC service and pre-clinic contact with patients.

  • Liaising with pathologists and coroners to improve referrals to the service, DNA storage, pipe-lines for central review of pathology specimens and access to tissue samples for “molecular autopsy” using genetic testing.

  • Improving referral rates from peripheral centres via educational sessions, liaison with local services and family members.

  • Developing diagnostic testing counselling services in peripheral centres to enable better patient access to services for both adults and children.

  • Further developing mainstreaming of diagnostic testing in the central Leeds ICC clinic to enable rapid mutation identification. A long-term aim would be to facilitate mainstream testing of index cases via cardiac services in peripheral centres.


    The GC would also have roles in enhancing cascade testing across the service by:

  • Working with families to improve information sharing and identification of at risk family members.


  • Allowing more rapid cascade testing within current pathways in the central Leeds ICC service.


  • Development of predictive testing counselling services in peripheral centres.


    The long-term aim is to develop a family screening team for HCM consisting of a GC and specialist cardiac nurse to perform combined clinical screening and genetic clinics in peripheral centres. This will be fully supported of the ICC team.


    The GC will attend multidisciplinary team meetings with the ICC team and will provide a key role in supporting transition of patients from paediatric to adult ICC care. The GC will be a point of contact for families and health professionals across the region. They will have opportunities to develop resources to support these groups, including written documentation and the ICC website.


    Additional roles include general service development, audit, involvement in local and national


    Following development of these services in relation to HCM, the GC will be able to support service provision for other ICC conditions, enhancing peripheral services for other genetic causes of heart muscle disease and rhythm disturbances.


The post-holder will be a registered GC with the Genetic Counsellors Registration Board (GCRB), with an MSc or equivalent qualifications and be able to demonstrate a willingness to adapt to the changing needs of the service. Excellent organisational, time-management and decision-making, communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the post.


Applications will also be considered from individuals who are not yet registered, including nurses, but will be eligible to register as registered GC with the GCRB. The annex 21 will apply for such applicant and he/she will be expected to work towards gaining registration as a GC within an agreed time frame. The YRGS is a well-established and approved Genetic Counsellors Training Centre. Therefore, full training will be provided to the successful applicant to attain registration with the GCRB.


The main department of the YRGS is based at Chapel Allerton Hospital in Leeds, with the laboratories situated at nearby St. James’s University Hospital. Genetics clinics are held throughout the Yorkshire region. The post-holder will be based at Chapel Allerton Hospital in Leeds but there will be a demand to travel to hold clinics in different hospitals in the region. Therefore, a full UK driving licence is required together with provision of a car.


For informal enquiries please contact Ravinder Heer on 0113 392 4454, or email:

This vacancy may close before the advertised closing date if sufficient suitable applications are received.

Our goal is to be the best place to work, to achieve this we engage with and listen to our staff, to understand their needs. We are proud to support all individuals to work flexibly so they can maintain a good work life balance and provide support as a carer or parent. We value our diverse staff and are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required and to support staff who require adjustments to ensure they can work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you are offered a position, you may be required to undertake a DBS. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost (Enhanced £48 or Standard £30) from your salary over a 3 month period (including Internal staff). You will also be required to participate in the DBS Update Service and pay the £13 cost per year. This is a condition of your employment. DBS checks for volunteers are free.

Please ensure your application is submitted with referees who can verify your employment/education history over the last three years and include valid email addresses for them. LTHT will request electronic Factual Employment References from your previous employers. These references will be requested before you are issued with an unconditional offer of employment letter.

Please note that a car parking permit or space cannot be guaranteed.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust has received the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme and we welcome applications from defence personnel to work for us.

If you have any questions about the process please contact the Recruitment Service on (0113) 2065980

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.

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