Genetic Counsellor Lead- North Thames Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (NT GMSA)
12 May 2021
Delivering a new NHS Genomic Medicine Service brings together exciting opportunities with new detailed understanding about peoples underlying genetic profiles. The development of novel and revolutionary medical treatments will result in personalised medicine and care plans, which are better suited and tailored to treat the underlying cause with improved outcomes for patients.
Delivering this world-class revolutionary service will require new ways of working, workforce development and education and training to enable healthcare professionals to embrace and embed genetic/genomic medicine into main stream healthcare. Genetic counsellors are experts in supporting and managing individuals and families affected with genetic disease and are skilled in genomic education. The senior leadership of this profession will be needed to provide consultancy and training in order for mainstream genomic medicine to be provided to patients across our geography. Genetic counsellors have also been patient advocates and have a crucial role in engaging with PPIE groups.
The role of the GMSA Genomic Counsellor Lead will be a key role as part of the Senior Management Team representing this professional group providing expertise, support and training in order for mainstream genomic medicine to be provided to patients and their families across our geography. The post holder will lead the counsellor group, work with education and workforce and training and PPI/Communications Lead to embed appropriate training/engagement and workforce transformation and innovation projects, which optimise the benefits of technology and data science for the population of North Thames.
As part of the implementation of the GMS it will be important to identify unmet needs to support specialties and develop appropriate strategies for filling those needs, such as models to embed Genetic Counselling services within specialties or across community services, or support structures.
The Genomic Counsellor Lead will report to the Education &Training lead for the NTGMSA, and will provide strategic leadership for the genetic counselling activity including mainstreaming genomics through education and transformation projects. They will be part of the clinical leadership team working together to optimise the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach to developing and implementing the transformation programmes.
The post holder will have dedicated time to work on delivery of GMSA priorities related to the workforce education and transformation programme. They will lead the genetic counsellor working group, work with PPIE and communications lead, to embed appropriate training/engagement, and support transformation/innovation projects.
This is an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively, positioning strong leadership in genomic medicine to support the development of genomics in healthcare and delivery of the transformation projects across the GMSA.
- Qualified Genetic Counsellor or qualified STP
- Genomics qualification and/or extensive knowledge of the 100,000 Genomes Project in practice
- Demonstrable commitment to improving the quality of patient care using a whole system patient focused approach
- Demonstrable senior management experience
- Experience of planning and improving quality of patient services provided
Knowledge and Skills
- Understanding of professional and current issues related to genetics, the NHS, and relevant fields
- Experience of operating at inter/intra agency level and
- engaging partners across boundaries
- Proven ability to work within a varied and complex, networked working environment
- Experience of establishing and maintaining working relationships with external stakeholders
- Experienced at undertaking change Management
- Able to interpret highly complex data and present highly complex information in an informative manner to a wide range of individuals
- Understanding of NHS structure, systems and politics
- Ability to work without close supervision, providing specialist advice to the organisation
- Persuasive, excellent communicator
- Assertive and inspires confidence
- Team player but also able to work autonomously
- Able to influence a large group of independent practitioners
Terms and Conditions
This is a part time secondment 0.3 WTE (3 sessions/1.5 days per week) as part of a 0.5WTE job share post at grade 8b reporting into the Education and Training Lead the North Thames GMS Alliance until 31st March 2023.