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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/03/2021.

NHS Wales –Trainee Genetic Counsellor

Job Reference: 082-STP-GENCOU-0221

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW)
Trainee Genetic Counsellor
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum

Established on 1 October 2018, Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) is the only Special Health Authority within NHS Wales. We sit alongside Health Boards and Trusts, and have a leading role in the education, training, development, and shaping of the healthcare workforce in Wales, in order to ensure high-quality care for the people of Wales.

Our key functions include:

  • Working closely with partners and key stakeholders, and planning ahead to ensure the health and care workforce meets the needs of the NHS and people of Wales, now and in the future;
  • Being a reputable source of information and intelligence on the Welsh health and care workforce;
  • Commissioning, designing, and delivering high-quality, value for money education and training, in line with standards;
  • Using education, training, and development to encourage and facilitate career progression;
  • Supporting education, training, and service regulation by playing a key role in representing Wales, and working closely with regulators;
  • Developing the healthcare leaders of today and the future;
  • Providing opportunities for the health and care workforce to develop new skills;
  • Promoting health and care careers in Wales, and Wales as a place to live;
  • Supporting the professional workforce and organisation development profession with Wales;
  • Continuously improving what we do and how we do it.

For more information on this vacancy please contact the recruiting manager, who will be pleased to discuss their employment opportunity with you.

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Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

NHS Wales –Trainee Genetic Counsellor

Exciting opportunity to use your degree for patient and public benefit!

Earn a competitive salary and gain a Master’s degree through a 3 year, full-time, fully funded, blended training programme.

Starting salary will be on the first point of Band 6 on a 3 year fixed term contract.

Applications are invited for a Trainee Genetic Counsellor (Band 6) for the All Wales Medical Genomics Service (AWMGS), base to be determined but is likely to be split between the centres in Wrexham/ N Wales, Singleton Hospital/ Swansea and the University Hospital of Wales/ Cardiff. The AWMGS includes the Clinical and Laboratory Genomics Services and is hosted by Cardiff & Vale University Health Board.

The Clinical and Laboratory services merged to form the AWMGS in April 2019, together they provide the medical genomics service to the population of Wales. The AWMGS has hubs across Wales with Specialist Medical Geneticists and Genetic Counsellors providing genetic services in all the main hospitals throughout Wales. Together with Cardiff University, Wales Gene Park and the Welsh Government, the AWMGS are working to deliver the Welsh Government Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy for patients within Wales. This is a highly exciting and innovative strategy with opportunities for staff, healthcare professionals, patients and the public across Wales. AWMGS are a strategic partner within Genomics Partnership Wales (GPW)

There is one position available this year for a Trainee Genetic Counsellor to undertake a three year post-graduate blended training programme, this position is not available to students who are already enrolled on a Master’s programme. The trainee is enrolled for a fully funded, part time vocational master’s degree in Genetic and Genomic Counselling at Cardiff University.

The successful applicant will attend Cardiff University for block teaching sessions and undertake distance learning as part of their MSc degree. The student will also have work-based learning and training where they will develop and apply their academic knowledge and skills in the NHS workplace. The work that is undertaken at AWMGS will fit around the study on the MSc degree.

The student will be based within the clinical service but may rotate through other areas within the service, which could involve secondments at different locations. On completion of the fixed term appointment, prospects for permanent employment within Wales are excellent. For individuals with aptitude and commitment there are opportunities to progress through the career pathway of a Genetic Counsellor.

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who is motivated to pursue a career within Wales.

This HEIW fully funded programme is equivalent to that of the STP programme in England.

*Please note, completion of this fixed term post and the MSc will not mean you are a GCRB registered genetic counsellor. It is anticipated that a further period of clinical experience and subsequent submission of a portfolio which meets all the relevant standards will be required in order to achieve registration.*

We are searching for someone who shares our values that:
• We care about the people we serve and the people we work with
• We trust one another
• We respect each other
• We take personal responsibility
• We treat people with kindness
• We act with integrity

The University Hospital of Wales is the largest hospital in Wales, on the same site as the School of Medicine. It is well provided with academic and social facilities. Cardiff city centre, with its many amenities, is easily accessible by bike or public transport.


The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Interviews will be held remotely on 22nd April 2021

Closing date for applications for all posts: 11/03/21


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