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Genetic Counsellor

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Dependant on experience and qualifications
Closing date
29 May 2023

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An opportunity has arisen for two Band 7 Genetic Counsellors to join Nottingham's Regional Clinical Genetics Service.

Main duties of the job

You will undertake a range of genetic counsellor duties including independent genetic counsellor clinics. Sub-specialisation is supported at Nottingham; one post will comprise a mixture of cancer and general genetics, and also urgent referral work. The second post will be focused on perinatal genetics including general and prenatal/urgent referrals.

You must be motivated and will be expected to work ethically and maintain appropriate knowledge of clinical guidelines. You will have excellent communication skills and you must be able to work both autonomously and as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Please see the attached Person Specification document for details of the key skills and experience required for this role.

About us

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the UK's largest acute teaching Trusts, delivering an exceptional range of patient care, teaching, research and regional tertiary services.

The Nottingham Genetics service is based at Nottingham's City Hospital campus and provides outpatient clinics across the East Midlands region. We are partners in the East Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (GMSA) and Genomic Laboratory Hub together with Leicester and Cambridge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holders will be based principally in Nottingham however they may be required to cover outreach clinics in Derbyshire, Mansfield or Lincolnshire and will be expected to travel either by public or own transport when required. We are conducting clinical activity using a hybrid model of virtual (telephone and video) and in-person clinics.

The genetic counselling team also supports a number of specialist clinics and MDTs and is actively engaged in a range of educational and service development initiatives across the region . You will be expected to contribute to teaching sessions and to clinical audit.

Please see the Job Description for further details.

In addition to the above summary you need to familiarise yourself with the full Job Description and Person Specification documents attached to this advert.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • First degree (in genetics, nursing, or biological/social sciences) or equivalent
  • Professional qualification (STP Genomic Counsellor or MSc Genetic Counselling, RGN, etc.)


  • Counselling skills qualification
  • Registered Genetic Counsellor



  • Teaching or research experience

Communication and Relationship Skills


  • Demonstrate ability to receive and present highly complex information verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences
  • Able to provide expert genetic counselling, and support decision-making, sometimes in highly emotive situations
  • Able to work as part of a team and build positive working relationships with staff at all levels

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Ability to assess genetic risk and apply critical thinking in complex situations for patient management
  • Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of ethical practice

Planning and organisation skills


  • Demonstrate ability to manage an independent caseload, and to prioritise work appropriately
  • Ability to work under pressure

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