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Genetic Counsellor

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year pa. pro-rata Inclusive of 20% HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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

We have an exciting opportunity to join a friendly, dynamic and supportive team of Genetic Counsellors at the South West Thames Centre for Genomics. We are looking for a Genetic Counsellor who is passionate and motivated. The individual should have the ability to recognise the needs of a service and team and adopt a flexible and collaborative approach to their work.

Applicants should ideally have experience Band 6/7 Genetic Counsellor or a Scientist Training Programme (STP) Trainee or and must be registered with the Genetic Counsellor Registration Board (GCRB), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or equivalent. If there are no registered applicants, we may consider appointment at Band 6 until registration is achieved.

Main duties of the job

The post will cover cancer, prenatal and general genetics with scope to include cardiac and neurogenetics, depending upon the needs of the service and the skills, experience and interest of the individual. The post will focus on cancer genetics at least for the first six months due to current Service needs.

We are fortunate to have St George's University of London on site, providing many teaching opportunities at the level of undergraduate, postgraduate and medical students. Our team of consultants is very strong clinically as well as in research and education. As a team, we regularly attend conferences and present findings from audits, service development and research projects.

About us

We provide an integrated clinical genetics service for individuals or families who have, or are at risk of having a genetic disorder. We deliver this service at St George's Hospital, a leading London teaching hospital and one of the largest healthcare units in the UK, as well as in a number of local district hospitals across the region including in Surrey and West Sussex.

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provide services from two main hospitals, St George's Hospital and Queen Mary's Hospital, and two health centres, St Johns Therapy Centre, and The Nelson Centre.With over 9,000 dedicated staff caring for patients around the clock, we are the largest healthcare provider in southwest London.

Job description

Job responsibilities

**Please see the attached supporting job description and person specification document, which contains more information about the role and requirements. Please ensure your application refers to the job description and person specification**

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • (a) MSc in Genetic Counselling (following BSc/BA in relevant subject) or (b) graduate nurse or midwife, with two years post-registration experience, plus counselling skills training of at least 90 hours duration and a genetics course of at least 30 hours.
  • It is essential that post-holders at this level, have attained GCRB, HCPC or equivalent registration


  • Postgraduate degree in related subject



  • Experience in genetic counselling, at level of Scientist Training Programme (STP) Trainee, Band 6 Genetic Counsellor or equivalent.
  • Knowledge and experience of working in the National Health Service (NHS).


  • Experience as a Band 7 Genetic Counsellor
  • Participation in regular clinical supervision



  • Ability to work autonomously and manage independent clinical caseload efficiently
  • Ability to recognise personal boundaries and limitations in knowledge and seek appropriate advice and support from colleagues.
  • Ability to work within a multi -disciplinary team.
  • Ability to analyse research findings to inform practice development
  • Familiarity with databases and word processing
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.



  • Current knowledge of practice in a regional clinical genetics service.
  • Awareness and adherence of the AGNC code of ethics and the GCRB competencies of clinical practice.



  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills .
  • Ability to take constructive feedback and reflect on practice.
  • Ability to adopt a flexible approach to case load in order to fulfil the needs of the service.
  • Ability to independently travel to peripheral clinics

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