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Consultant Clinical Scientist - Genetics

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
2 Jan 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time



An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a motivated and dynamic Consultant Clinical Scientist with a positive attitude to change to join the genomic laboratory service at University Hospitals of Leicester.

The UHL genomics laboratory is a subcontracted Local Genomic Laboratory for the East Genomic Laboratory Hub lead by Cambridge. The service provides a constitutional and acquired diagnostic service, including cancer molecular pathology NGS testing, and is a key part of the Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Links (HMDL) Service for Leicestershire, Northampton and Rutland. The service has a joint working agreement with the Leicester Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at the University of Leicester supporting translation of research developed testing into clinical practice.

The service is actively pursuing the formation of a merged service with cellular pathology to create a responsive service with a focus on timely cancer diagnostics.

Applications are invited from HCPC registered Clinical scientists that possess FRCPath and who have a good background in cytogenetic techniques and a strong interest in cancer genomics. Applicants actively pursuing their part 2 of FRCPath may be considered for appointment to annex 21.

Informal enquires to Lara Cresswell (Head of Service) on 0116 258 5637 or by

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a HCPC registered clinical scientist with FRCPath and provide advanced clinical advice and expertise to the users of the laboratory and undertake the scientific, managerial and administrative duties and responsibilities of a consultant clinical scientist in genomics.

They will interact and liaise with a wide range of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, including Consultants and other Clinicians, Clinical Scientists, technologists, and other healthcare providers and managers.

The postholder will be part of the laboratory clinical management team and act as deputy for the current Head of Service as required.

The postholder will advocate for and work in collaboration with members of the East GLH team to ensure delivery of a high quality diagnostic service for patients in line with strategic direction and the national test directories.

They will lead on research and development for the service including developing the service in line with local and GLH objectives.

They will undertake line management of appropriate staff, including: recruitment, workload allocation, performance and career development.

They will act as a deputy for the Head of Service and take the lead on strategic priorities as agreed with the Head of Service

The post holder will undertake Continuing Professional Development as per the RCPath CPD scheme

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide strong professional leadership for the delivery of a high quality, fully accredited genetic laboratory service for UHL, LNR and the East GLH
  • Provide consultative specialist Scientific and technical advice and trouble shooting expertise to other healthcare professionals about the investigation, diagnosis, and understanding of genetic diseases including scientific interpretation where expert opinions may differ.
  • Be involved in determining the best combinations of test requests, sample handling and results for the service as a whole and within their own level of expertise
  • Ensure the service is meets UKAS and other appropriate accreditation standards. As appropriate, contribute to the creation and implementation of the departmental quality policy and quality management system.
  • Exercise clinical judgement in regarding referral to another clinical specialty, if appropriate.
  • Provide direction on service development and support strategic plans in the genomic service. Be actively involved in interpreting the implications of developments and national clinical and operational strategies in the diagnostic genomic service.
  • Responsible for development, evaluation and introduction of new technologies and analytical tools within area of responsibility.
  • Be responsible for the authorisation of specialist genomic test results, monitoring work performed in the laboratory to ensure that clinically relevant information is being generated and reports are appropriately validated.
  • Represent the service at clinical and multidisciplinary team meetings and case conferences. Be involved in the development and monitoring of relevant guidelines and polices that impact across other Trust CMGs and in the wider Health Community
  • Responsible for the procurement of capital equipment and developments within the department including writing of business cases, production of technical specifications and evaluation of equipment
  • Ensure all diagnostic investigations are completed in required NHSE Turnaround times
  • Monitor the performance of the service against agreed KPIs and develop and monitor action plans where KPIs are not met
  • Evaluate, direct and monitor the development, maintenance and application of new or improved laboratory and operational methods and procedures appropriate to the service

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • FRCPath by examination or equivalent
  • HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist
  • Evidence of continuing personal development including RCPath scheme
  • Member of a professional body


  • Teaching qualification or experience
  • Management qualification or experience
  • PhD or equivalent



  • To have a thorough knowledge of laboratory genetic technologies and medicine, quality assurance and quality management
  • Experience of leadership and line management of teams
  • Experience in analysing interpreting and reporting complex genomic test results
  • Experience of teaching students, laboratory and medical staff in formal and informal settings.


  • Experience of committees at directorate or Trust level.
  • Experience of deputising for head of service
  • Initiating and leading on projects and developments at local and/or national level to produce significant change

Communication and relationship skills


  • Ability to build successful teams
  • Able to advise clinical colleagues or other health professionals on investigations and interpretation of complex results and provide appropriate clinical advice
  • Able to prepare and present complex scientific and clinical information at local and national meetings to large audiences.


  • Proven ability to maintain focus in a demanding environment
  • Demonstrable track record of successful change management

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Able to advise clinical colleagues or other health professionals on investigations and interpretation of results in, complex situations also utilising data from other specialities
  • Able to recognise patterns of abnormality and relate them to clinical situations and provide appropriate clinical advice
  • Able to analyse highly complex information from out with the service as well as within and use to evaluate differential diagnoses.
  • Excellent problem solving skills using teams as appropriate


  • Up to date knowledge of national professional and NHS guidelines in relation to provision and quality of genomic services.

Planning and organisation skills


  • Able to supervise other staff undertaking service work/project
  • Experience of validating new services and technologies and implementing into practice


  • Ability to initiate and lead research and development activities and to prepare and present scientific and clinical information at meetings and peer-reviewed journals
  • Strategic vision

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester Royal Infirmary

Infirmary Square



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