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Genetic Counsellor

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity to join a friendly, motivated and supportive team of Genetic Counsellors in the East Anglian Clinical Genetics Service. The post will include a broad caseload of cancer, general and prenatal genetics. We are based at Addenbrooke's Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, which enables close collaboration with other specialties and plenty of CPD/teaching opportunities. We deliver genetics clinics in-person and virtually from Addenbrooke's Hospital, as well as from a number of hospitals across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

This post is for a permanent 0.8 WTE Band 7 Genetic Counsellor. We also have a fixed-term maternity cover 0.8 WTE Band 7 Genetic Counsellor post available and hope to appoint to both positions after interview.

We welcome applications from experienced or newly registered Genetic Counsellors, or Genetic Counsellors due to register in the near future. A successful candidate who is eligible for registration but not yet registeredat the time of commencement of the post would be appointed under Annex 21 terms.

Interviews will be held virtually on Wednesday 19th June 2024, and applicants are very welcome to arrange a visit in advance.

Main duties of the job

o To provide a high quality genetic counselling service at regional specialist level and support families with a genetic disordero To comprehend and communicate the medical and scientific facts including the diagnosis, probable course of the disorder and the risk of recurrence in specified relativeso To support patients and families in their decision makingo To participate in education of other healthcare professionalso To work autonomously and as part of a team

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Please note:- Internal applicants on permanent contracts can only apply for the fixed term maternity cover, as a secondment and must have the approval of your current line manager before applying. Applicants applying for the permanent post have no restrictions.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 4th June 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 19th June 2024

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Current GCRB registration as a Genetic Counsellor or Current HCPC registration as a Genomic Counsellor


  • Teaching qualification
  • Full driving license



  • Significant relevant experience in Clinical Genetics
  • Experience of initiating & delivering change
  • Experience of MDT working


  • Previous work within the NHS
  • Experience in cancer, cardiac, prenatal and general genetics
  • Experience of formal/informal teaching



  • Knowledge of Clinical Genetics
  • Understanding of evidence-based practice
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance


  • Previous relevant publications



  • Ability to talk to patients and relatives about complex and sensitive clinical issues
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills
  • Capable of working as an integral member of a small team
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing situations due workload and colleagues' needs
  • Able to work unsupervised and manage own workload with effective time-management


  • Effective use of IT and electronic patient records
  • Leadership skills

Additional requirements


  • Act in a professional manner at all times in accordance with AGNC Code of Conduct
  • Capable of developing liaisons with other practice areas/academic institutions
  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division D

Hills Road



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