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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/10/2021.

Principal Genetic Counsellor (XR08)

Job Reference: 298-PATH-650

298 Clinical Genetics - CAH
Chapel Allerton
£47,126 to £53,219 pa

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly experienced and motivated Genetic Counsellor to join the Yorkshire Regional Genetics Service (YRGS). Thereis a full-time and part-time position for a Registered Genetic Counsellor (GCRB or HCPC). The post-holder will be expected to provide an expert genetic counselling service in line with the job description and personal specifications. This will also include taking the lead role for one or more areas of genetics counselling, for example inherited cardiac conditions, paediatric genetics orcancer genetics, to meet the needs of the service.


The post-holder will provide a high quality genetic counselling service at specialist level. This will involve expert clinical and scientific knowledge of all the principal aspects of genetics, understanding of clinical pathways and knowledge of the psychosocial impact of genetic conditions on patients and their families. The post-holder will have a proven experience of autonomously managing a clinical caseload and be able to demonstrate a willingness to adapt to the changing needs of the service. The postholder will be available to attend MDT meetings, some of which may be outside the core hours.


In addition to a clinical workload, the post-holder will support the departmental management team in planning, organising and managing the service, which may include clinical research developments. The post-holder should have experience of genetic counsellor management and/or mentoring and/or clinical supervision, and be capable of working within a multidisciplinary team. This post offers excellent opportunities to broaden experience in clinical practice together with developing both training/mentoring and line management roles.


There is wide scope for personal and professional development and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to CPD for all staff. The post-holder will also help to promote and prioritise Genetic Counsellor continuing professional development.


YRGS, which is member of the North East & Yorkshire Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (NEY GMSA), provides Clinical Genetics services to a diverse population of 3.8 million across a large, varied geographical area. The service comprises an experienced team of Consultant Clinical Geneticists, Genetic Counsellors and Genetic Research Nurses/Practitioners, as well as junior doctors and trainee Genetic Counsellors, supported by a large clinical administrative team.


The ethos of the department is innovative and forward-thinking and there will be many opportunities for the post holder to support service development and transformation projects locally and regionally.


YRGS is based at Chapel Allerton Hospital in Leeds, with the Central Lab of the North East and Yorkshire Genomic Laboratory Hub situated at nearby St. James’s University Hospital. Genetics clinics are held throughout the Yorkshire region, and virtually.


Yorkshire is a wonderful county to live in; there really is something for everyone. From the metropolitan city of Leeds it is easy to reach the stunning natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, Moors and Coast.


The post-holder will be based at YRGS at Chapel Allerton Hospital in Leeds. A full UK driving licence is required, together with provision of a car.


For informal enquiries please contact Ravinder Heer (PA to the Senior Management Team), telephone no: 0113 392 4454, email:


Closing Date Thursday 14th October 2021
Interview Date Thursday 28th October 2021

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 (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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