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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 18/10/2020.

Senior Genetic Technologist

Job Reference: 284-19-DWJI-938

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory
Birmingham Women's Hospital
£31,365- 37,890 per annum

If you are Ambitious, Brave and Compassionate there has never been a more exciting time to join our team. Ambitious and proud to provide world-class care everyone who works at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust team plays an important role in making our hospitals the incredible places they are. Our vision is to build a world leading team to deliver world class care.

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust are committed to creating the best place to work, where all staff can reach their full potential. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and welcome and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation. We look forward to receiving your application.

For most roles flexible working may be considered, we would encuorage you to speak to the recruiting manager about this.

Senior Genetic Technologist

West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory (WMRGL)


Job ref: 284-19-DWJI-938

AFC Band 6 Salary Scale: £31,365- 37,890 per annum


Hours: Full time 37.5 per week



A number of exciting opportunities have arisen in the West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory (WMRGL) for Senior Genetic Technologists to join the Technical Programme. Reporting directly to the Technical Programme Managers, the successful candidates will be responsible for managing a specified sub-section(s) of the laboratory, as appropriate to their expertise and experience, contributing to a high quality diagnostic genetics service. This will involve direct line management, supervision and training of all staff within the specified sub-section, and management of all necessary resources for the day to day functioning of that area.


We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a flexible approach to work who are committed to a career in laboratory diagnostic genetics. We invite applications from individuals who are registered as a Genetic Technologist with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) or equivalent. However, we may also consider applications from individuals who are not yet registered but who are actively preparing for or have completed an application to the AHCS for the Certificate of Competence or equivalent. All applicants should possess enthusiasm and drive and the ability to rise to the challenges of this post.


The role demands a high level of organisation in order to successfully manage the operational delivery of the technical workload. The successful candidate must demonstrate evidence of working with a focus on excellence and continuous service improvement, as well as displaying a high level of technical skill.


Following the 2018 NHS England designation of seven national Genomic Laboratory Hubs (GLHs), the West Midland Regional Genetics Laboratory (WMRGL) is the designated GLH leading the Genomic Local Laboratory Network (GLLN) for the Wessex, Oxford and West Midlands Genomics Consortium (WOWMGC) as part of a national world class Genomics Laboratory Network.


The GLHs will be an integral part of the national Genomic Medicine Service providing state of the art, high quality genomic analysis to patients with rare disease and/or cancer. The pace of change is exponential with genomics being placed at the heart of the future NHS. Our workforce will be fundamental to the successful delivery of this ambitious and high profile service.

Please ensure that you read and understand the person specification for this post prior to applying as this is what you will be shortlisted against.

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