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Head of All Wales Laboratory Genetics, Medical Genetics for Wales

Job Reference: 001-HS069-1218

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
£84,507 to £102,506 per anum


Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (the UHB) is a Smoke Free Health Board. Smoking is banned across all of the UHB sites. Staff are therefore not able to smoke in the hospital grounds or on any other UHB premises.

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All Wales Genetics Laboratory, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a leading scientist with substantial experience of service planning, development and delivery to apply for Head of the All Wales Genetics Laboratory (band 9), based in the Institute of Medical Genetics which includes the All Wales Clinical Genetics Service, and Academic Genetic laboratories (School of Medicine) and Wales Gene Park. This permanent post is responsible for a rapidly expanding diagnostic laboratory delivering rare disease and cancer services across Wales.


An expert within their field, the Head of the All Wales Genetics Laboratory is responsible for the strategic direction of the genetics and genomics laboratory service at a local, all Wales, UK national and international level. This includes the identification and development of all aspects of strategic relationships and alliances required for leading business, research and service development.


The Head of the All Wales Genetics will work closely with and supports the Managing Director and the Clinical Lead for the All Wales Medical Genetics Servcie. The Head of the All Wales Genetics Laboratory is supported by a very experienced and talented team (approximately 120 staff) of Clinical Scientists, Bioinformaticians and Technologists, working closely with researchers and clinicians. The Laboratory is also one of three technology hubs for the CRUK Stratified Medicine Programme. The service is working towards the delivery of the Welsh Government’s Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy to support the delivery of nationally and internationally competitive genetic and genomic services. Current services delivered by the Laboratory include NIPT and ctDNA testing for lung and colon cancer.


The Genomics Partnership Wales programme is a collaboration across several disciplines which aims to move both human and pathogen genetics and genomics from the fringes of healthcare into the mainstream of everyday medicine. This is being supported with significant investment in order to adopt leading edge technologies and to further develop and expand the workforce in Wales. A 5 to 10 year plan has been developed to transform the way patients are treated in Wales through close collaboration of the All Wales Genetics Laboratory, patients and the public, the All Wales Medical Genetics Service, Wales Gene Park and Public Health Wales, the Welsh Government and others.


The strategy aims to enable equitable patient access to cutting-edge genetic and genomic testing, and to establish the principality as a leader in the field of personalised or precision medicine and associated research. This ambitious strategy and its success depends on cross sector collaboration within and beyond Wales, including NHS, academia, patients and the public, industry and Welsh Government. The Head of the All Wales Genetics Laboratory role is key to driving this programme forward.


There are many opportunities for nationally and internationally significant translational research working with local researchers and clinical teams supporting the vibrant local and regional precision medicine and life science industrial sectors.


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 post holder will be expected at all times to behave in accordance with our values demonstrating commitment to the delivery of high quality services to patients. The University Hospital of Wales is the largest hospital in Wales, on the same site as the University of Wales, College of Medicine. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is recognised as a teaching centre of excellence in a wide range of clinical services. It is well provided with academic and social facilities.


Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and a great place to work and live. Cardiff city centre and Cardiff bay with their many amenities, are easily accessible. Cardiff has excellent transport links to the Vale of Glamorgan with its beautiful country side and sea side towns and villages.


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




Closing Date: 31st January 2019



For further details / informal visits contact:

Mr Clive Morgan


Managing Director,


All Wales Genomics and Genetic Services


Institute of Medical Genetics


University Hospital of Wales











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