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Consultant Clinical Scientist - Head of Genomics Laboratory

Job Reference: 185-A-21-111748

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Exeter Genomic Laboratory
£78,192 - £90,387 Per annum pro rata

We offer a fantastic benefits package with competitive pay rates with annual increases, annual leave of 27 days increasing to 33 days after 10 years, access to the NHS Pension Scheme to which you and the Trust contribute. Our Medical workforce has separate arrangements. Alongside this there are extensive training development opportunities with paid mandatory training, support for flexible working and access to an On-site Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ Nursery. We promote a healthy work life balance, provide an Occupational Health Service to support you at work and have a number of NHS discounts available either directly through ourselves or online through NHS Discounts. As part of our recruitment process we can tell you more about our benefits package and you will see that we offer everything you would expect and more!

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) provides Acute and Community services across Exeter and East Devon serving a population of more than 450,000 people. In our latest CQC full inspection of our services, the RD&E received an overall rating of “good”. We were rated as “outstanding” for our Emergency and Critical Care services, and for Caring Trustwide.

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked as the joint best performing non-specialist Trust in the country for overall patient experience of care in the 2016 Care Quality Commission (CQC) Adult Inpatient Survey.

The main hospital site is in the historical Cathedral city of Exeter that has abundant family amenities and beautiful surrounding countryside. It is situated in the middle of the South West Region with easy access to the countryside and coast of Devon and Cornwall. It is well served by rail, road and air links. Good educational facilities such as the University of Exeter and good Ofsted rated schools are available locally. Our Community sites are equally well positioned and are a good place to work.

Enjoy a good quality of life in the South West and be part of our caring workforce.

Exeter Genomics Laboratory is seeking to appoint a dynamic, innovative and highly motivated Head of Laboratory (Consultant Clinical Scientist) to lead the highly talented, hardworking, friendly team based at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

Excellent communication and team working skills, management and leadership experience, a positive attitude to change, and a passion to support and encourage the team to maintain the commitment to innovation and delivery of high quality genomics services for patients are all essential.

The post holder will ensure provision of expert scientific, clinical and operational advice and will have significant interaction with the Bristol Genetics Laboratory leadership team, together ensuring that the NHS South West Genomic Laboratory Hub (SWGLH) remains at the forefront of clinical science in genomic diagnostics to meet clinician and patient needs and current and future requirements of the National Genomic Test Directory.

The post holder will contribute regionally and nationally by attending working and advisory groups and liaising with Genomics England, NHS England & NHS Improvement, and professional bodies as required.

If you are excited by the prospect of working with us to deliver the role detailed in the job description and can demonstrate meeting the essential requirements of the post, we would be delighted to hear from you.

We’re committed to exploring how you can work in a way that is best for our patients, for us, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s options for some remote working, job share, part time or another flexible pattern. If it works for our service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

For further details / informal visits please contact Kath Maguire, Genetics Cluster Manager .

About the laboratory

The Exeter Genomics Laboratory delivers high quality genetic and genomic testing for both NHS and research patients by combining the rigorous quality approach required in a clinical diagnostic service with the innovation and academic expertise of research scientists. Our clinical diagnostic facility is underpinned by world-class research, state of the art technology, and scientific, bioinformatics and clinical expertise, enabling rapid implementation of exome, genome and targeted next generation sequencing to improve diagnosis and treatment of rare disease.

Located in the Research, Innovation, Learning and Development Centre (RILD), the laboratory is the national provider of the pioneering rapid exome sequencing service for acutely ill babies (R14 service), one of three designated specialist providers for a comprehensive range of endocrine disorders for NHS patients in England, and internationally acclaimed for our research into monogenic diabetes and hyperinsulinism.

We work in partnership with the Bristol Genetics Laboratory to deliver genomic testing for patients with rare disease and cancer throughout the South West of England and work collaboratively with leading University of Exeter Medical School researchers in genetics, genomics and epigenetics.


Our vision is to provide safe, high quality seamless services delivered with courtesy and respect. To achieve our vision we expect all our staff to uphold our Trust values. Our Trust values are:
Honesty, Openness & Integrity
Inclusion & Collaboration
Respect & Dignity

***Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.***


The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) are planning to formally join together in April 2022; subject to the necessary approvals from our Board, Governors and regulatory authorities. Over the last few years we have made good progress by working more closely together to tackle our shared challenges. However, both organisations believe that combining our strengths into a single organisation will put us in a stronger position to offer high quality, resilient services to the people of Devon now and in the future. Further information regarding the proposed NDHT and RD&E integration is available on each of the Trust websites.

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