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Cardiac Genetic Counsellor

Job Reference: 271-HL-2949695

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cardiac Genetic Counsellor
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHSFT, London
£45,780 - £51,393 per annum inclusive



Applications are invited for a Genetic Counsellor in Paediatric Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases based at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust. The postholder will work alongside a multidisciplinary team of paediatric inherited cardiologists, cardiovascular geneticists, and paediatric inherited cardiac conditions specialist nurses to deliver an expert genetic counselling service to patients and families affected with inherited cardiac conditions.

The Centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases at Great Ormond Street Hospital is the largest Centre in the Europe for the care of inherited cardiovascular disease in children, and is a national referral centre for paediatric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Over 5000 outpatients are seen in the Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases clinics every year, with >1000 new referrals per year from across the UK and internationally. Families are seen at Great Ormond Street for screening, diagnosis, evaluation and management in daily disease-specific clinics. Dr Juan Pablo Kaski is the lead clinician for the service.

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust is a postgraduate teaching hospital, linked with the Institute of Child Health (ICH). The Trust has well over 192,828 admissions or outpatient appointments a year, and provides a comprehensive range of Paediatric specialties for tertiary and quaternary level care.

Duties of the post will include:

  • Performing genetic counselling outpatient clinics for diagnostic and predictive testing for inherited cardiac conditions
  • 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 our referral networks via educational sessions, liaison with local services and family members
  • Working with families to improve information sharing and identification of at-risk family members
  • Coordinating and attending multidisciplinary team meetings with the multidisciplinary team
  • Supporting transition of patients from paediatric to adult careThe post-holder will be a registered GC with the Genetic Counsellors Registration Board (GCRB) or equivalent, 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 position is open to applicants who are able to work less than the full-time.Interested applicants are invited to contact Dr Juan Pablo Kaski on 020 7829 8839 or email

The Trust encourages applications from all sections of the community. We offer a range of flexible working patterns; contact us for more information.

Confirmation of enhanced disclosure will be required before appointment.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameDr Juan Pablo KaskiEmail addressjuan.kaski@gosh.nhs.ukTelephone number020 7829 8839

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.

Please note that the Trust uses the TRAC recruitment system to manage our recruitment campaigns. Your submitted application will be imported into TRAC. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system. Please note, all communication regarding your application will be made via email, please ensure you check your junk/spam folders as emails are sometimes filtered there.

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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