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Genetic Counsellor

Job Reference: 188-OTH927

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Genetics
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£33,222 - £43,041 pa

An opportunity has arisen for a permanent band 7 genetic counsellor. NHS genetic services are undergoing radical changes as we move to a national genomic medicine service and transform care for people with rare diseases and cancer. This is an exciting opportunity to join an established and dynamic genetic counselling team as it enters this new era of genomic medicine.


Wessex clinical genetics service is a regional specialist service providing a high quality genetic counselling service (general/ cancer& prenatal) and consultancy for a population of three million in the Wessex Region (Hants, Dorset, South Wilts and Isle of Wight).


We are an innovative centre and were appointed as a genomic medicine centre as part of the 100,000 genome project. We are committed to professional development and education. we are a host centre for the new scientific training programme (STP) in genomic counselling and are delivering an MSC in genomic medicine.


You will help, with guidance from the Principal Genetic Counsellors and medical team, individuals and families deal with a genetic disorder. This is to be achieved by helping the clients and their families to:


    • Comprehend the medical facts, including the diagnosis, probable course of the disorder, and the available management


    • Appreciate the way in which heredity contributes to the disorder, and the risk of recurrence in relatives


    • Understand the alternatives for dealing with the risk of recurrence


    • Help the clients choose the course of action which seems to them most appropriate


    • Make the best possible adjustment to the disorder in an affected family member and/or the risk of recurrence of that disorder.


    • Have timely access to medical and genetics expertise and screening


To contribute to the departmental teaching commitments, as appropriate to level of previous teaching experience.


University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. We've recently been rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey we ranked seventh in the country for staff engagement, and fourth best nationally for our proportion of staff saying that they would recommend the hospital as a place to work or to receive care. One of our main objectives has been to become a top ten research trust, with the pharmacy department being an integral part of achieving this.


Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep.


The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy


Closing date for applications will be Wednesday 30 January.


Interviews for this position will take place on Tuesday 12 February.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Melanie Watson



Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.


We offer parking on site at UHS or through one of our park-and-ride schemes on a limited basis, based on specific eligibility criteria. We encourage our staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible, and our Trust is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.


Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.


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