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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 16/05/2022.

Genetic Counsellor

Job Reference: 185-A-22-124609

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (formerly Royal Devon and Exeter NHS FT)
Peninsula Clinical Genetics
£40,057-£45,839 per annum pro rata

We offer a fantastic benefits package with competitive pay rates, 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 University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 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 Royal Devon 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 University Healthcare 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.

Peninsula Clinical Genetics are delighted to be recruiting for a permanent Genetic / Genomic Counsellor (GC) to join our progressive and friendly team. Peninsula Clinical Genetics is hosted by Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, in Exeter, with satellite offices in Truro and Plymouth. The service covers Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, a population of ~1.8 million.

The genetic counsellor team is diverse, benefitting from a mix of nursing, scientific and academic backgrounds. We host regular MSc students and STP trainees, appreciating the new ideas and opportunities for learning and development that these interactions generate. We value this mix of skills and welcome applicants from all GCRB approved pathways. We are particularly proud of the way our team have remained connected and mutually supportive of one another during the last two years.

Candidates applying at AfC band 7 will be expected to be GCRB registered (or overseas equivalent), or eligible for registration following successful completion of the STP Genomic Counselling Programme. Candidates applying at trainee level on Annex 21 should have, or be about to complete, an MSc in Genetic / Genomic Counselling, or be an experienced nurse or midwife with relevant additional training as per GCRB guidance Applicants appointed on Annex 21 will be supported to achieve GCRB registration and progress to an autonomous registered GC role (AfC band 7).

The counselling team are supported by two Principal GCs, as well as having clinical leadership from the consultant team and monthly counselling supervision. We have an excellent relationship with our local scientific team and close ties to our GMSA colleagues as part of the South West Genomic Medicine Service Alliance and with Bristol Clinical Genetics. A satellite service for Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis, in collaboration with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, allows us to provide a patient-focused PGD service in the South West.

The post-holder will enjoy a broad caseload, including general, cancer, and prenatal work. Team members are encouraged to develop areas of special interest, including; cardiac, haemoglobinopathies, PGD, and education. The service actively supports continued professional development, including involvement in research, audit and teaching.

The post holder will be based at our Cornwall office in Truro. We recognise the challenges that have been highlighted over the last two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we want to be sure that 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 job share, part time or another flexible pattern, with options for some remote working. If it works for our service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The counties of Cornwall and Devon offer a high quality of life. The region, named as the ‘best place to live in the UK’ in national surveys, is located close to miles of stunning coastline and enjoys a lively cultural scene.

For informal enquiries, please contact Principal Genetic Counsellors, Matilda Bradford (01752 439 606 or Sarah Gibson (01392 405 752

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.***



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The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will contact previous employers to confirm employment history to cover a period of at least 3 years. The Trust is only able accept written references; these will be requested via email. One of your referees must be your current line manager and all references must cover the previous three years work or study history.

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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