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Pre-registration Genetic Counsellor

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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We are delighted to advertise a full time band 6 HEIW Pre-Registration Genetic Counsellor post to join our friendly team in Wales as part of the All Wales Medical Genomics Service. The successful applicant will undertake the 3 year Masters in Genomic & Genetic Counselling through Cardiff University part-time, around working for the AWMGS from the South West Wales base, at Singleton Hospital, Swansea.

Earn a competitive salary and gain a Master's degree through a 3 year, full-time, fully funded, blended training programme.

Starting salary will be on the first point of Band 6 on a 3 year fixed term contract.

The Clinical and Laboratory services merged to form the AWMGS in April 2019, together they provide the medical genomics service to the population of Wales. The AWMGS has hubs across Wales with Specialist Medical Geneticists and Genetic Counsellors providing genetic services in all the main hospitals throughout Wales. Together with Cardiff University, Wales Gene Park and the Welsh Government, the AWMGS are working to deliver the Welsh Government Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy for patients within Wales. This is a highly exciting and innovative strategy with opportunities for staff, healthcare professionals, patients and the public across Wales.

Main duties of the job

As well as attending Cardiff University for block teaching sessions and undertaking distance learning as part of their MSc degree, the successful applicant will also have work-based learning and training where they will develop and apply their knowledge and skills in the NHS workplace. This will involve seeing patients covering all areas of genetics such as cancer, general, cardiac and prenatal and taking on other aspects of the genetic counselling role, such as teaching, audit and service development work. They may be required to cover work for all areas of Wales depending on service needs and may need to rotate through other areas within the service, which will involve secondments at other locations. On completion of the fixed term appointment, prospects for permanent employment within Wales are excellent.

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who is motivated to pursue a career within Wales.

*Please note, completion of this fixed term post and completion of the programme and MSc will not mean you are a registered genetic counsellor. It is anticipated that a further period of clinical experience and subsequent submission of a portfolio which meets all the relevant standards will be required to achieve registration.*

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 17,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving over 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services. Together we are committed to improving health outcomes for everyone, delivering excellent care and support.

Our mission is Living Well, Caring Well, Working Together, and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. Our 10-year transformation and improvement strategy, Shaping Our Future Wellbeing, is our chance to work collaboratively with the public and our workforce to make our health board more sustainable for the future.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

This post is fixed term/secondment for 3 years to meet the needs of the service. If you are interested in applying for the secondment position, you must obtain permission from your current line manager prior to applying for this post.

The successful applicant will undertake the 3 year Masters in Genomic & Genetic Counselling through Cardiff University part-time, around working for the AWMGS from the South West Wales base, at Singleton Hospital, Swansea. Singleton hospital is based just about the sweeping waterfront of Swansea Bay leading one way to the Mumbles and the Gower Peninsula and the other to the vibrant City Centre. You will join an established team of clinicians and administrative staff based in a separate building dedicated to the AWMGS in the grounds of Singleton Hospital. As an All Wales service the role will also offer plenty of opportunities for collaborations with other staff at other sites of the AWMGS, based elsewhere across Wales through physical and virtual meetings and working groups.

Person Specification



  • BSc Hons in a relevant subject OR Registered nurse / midwife with a relevant degree and experience


  • BSc Hons at 2:1 or 1st in a relevant subject. Counselling certificate / diploma



  • Basic IT skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work independently and at a multidisciplinary level


  • Research, evaluation and audit skills
  • Evidence of continuous professional development

Personal Qualities


  • Enthusiastic, reliable and self-motivated
  • Committed to providing a quality service
  • Client and quality focused


  • Proven ability to work reliably to tight deadlines under pressure of work



  • Genetic related experience
  • Community work experience
  • NHS experience

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Genetics House

Singleton Hospital, Sketty Lane



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