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Chief Operating Officer – North Thames Genomic Laboratory Hub

Job Reference: 271-GLH-2599240-A

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

We are looking to recruit a talented professional to manage the transformation of genetic services for a number of NHS Trusts across North, East and West London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire.

NHS England has reconfigured genomic services to consolidate laboratories into seven Genomic Laboratory Hubs (GLH). The North Thames GLH is a partnership led by Great Ormond Street NHS Foundation Trust with partners including Barts Health, Imperial College Hospital and its partner laboratory North West London Pathology, the Royal Marsden Hospital, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Free Hospital with its partner laboratory Health Services Laboratory, and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

The successful candidate will be a consultant clinical scientist who is also a highly competent manager to support us through the reconfiguration of genetic services which will involve merging several laboratories onto two main sites, changing care pathways and working to embed genomic medicine into clinical care. You will be based at GOSH but be able to work across the geography to manage the consolidation of rare disease testing on the GOSH site and cancer molecular testing to the North Thames GLH at the Royal Marsden.

You will need to be enthusiastic and driven, with the willingness to go the extra mile to achieve what is required for our patients and our services. You will have demonstrable and credible experience of senior operational management roles ideally in the health sector. With excellent communication skills you will need to be able to establish your credibility at all levels internally and externally, and be able to quickly build relationships within your own team and the wider organisation. Both a flexible ‘can do’ attitude and a strong focus on delivery are essential.

For any informal queries regarding this role please contact Helen Jameson on or Lyn Chitty on

Please be advised that:

The recruitment process for all admin and clerical roles at Bands 2-5 will be a two stage recruitment process whereby shortlisted candidates will undertake an online literacy, numeracy, ICT and typing test.Only those candidates who pass the competency test will proceed to a formal interview.

The closing date given is a guide only. There may be some occasions where we have to close a vacancy once sufficient applications have been received. It is therefore advisable that you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Only those candidates who clearly demonstrate how they meet the person specification criteria for this post will be shortlisted. Please note that where high volumes of applicants have been received, additional criteria may on occasion be used to determine the final shortlist.

Please also note that all recruitment is currently subject to restrictions on the allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship.

We are an accredited Living Wage Employer.

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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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