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Principal Genetic Counsellor

Band 8a

Main area
Clinical Genetics
Band 8a
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Princess Anne Hospital
£44,606 - £50,819 per annum
13/03/2020 23:59
Interview date

The Wessex Clinical Genetics Service is delighted to invite applications for a Principal Genetic Counsellor (Band 8a) post. This is an exciting opportunity to help lead an established and dynamic genetic counselling team.

Wessex Clinical Genetics Service is a regional specialist service providing a high quality genetic counselling service (General/ Cancer& Prenatal) and consultancy for a population of 3 million in the Wessex Region (Hants, Dorset, South Wilts and Isle of Wight).

The main the roles and responsibilities  will be to:

  • Take a lead role in providing high quality genetic counselling service and consultancy at regional specialist level, for a population of 3 million in the Wessex Region (Hants, Dorset, S. Wilts, and IOW)

  • To act as a significant educational resource to the wider health care system, trainees in clinical genetics and genetic counselling, and the public.

  • To provide line management and support for genetic counsellors and Pre- registration Genetic counsellors.

  • Propose, implement and co-ordinate research programmes in clinical genetics.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly skilled genetic counsellor with experience in service planning and development and of the formulation of policies and protocols. The individual will be able to demonstrate management and leadership skills.

We are an innovative centre and were appointed as a Genomic Medicine Centre as part of the 100,000 genome project. We are committed to professional development and education. We are a host centre for the new Scientific Training Programme (STP) in Genomic counselling and are delivering the MSc in Genomic Medicine.

We recognise internationally obtained MSc Genetic Counselling qualifications as per GCRB overseas agreements, providing applicants are eligible to work in the UK.

For informal enquiries contact Melanie Watson on 023 8120 6170.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.              

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


The date for interviews will be the 7th April 2020.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. 

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Melanie Watson

Consultant Genetic Counsellor

02381 206170

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