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Lead Nurse- North Thames Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (GMSA)

0.8 WTE- 1.0 WTE secondment for 18 months - with flexibility
We aim to appoint a Lead Nurse who, supported by the Chief Nurse, will provide operational leadership for the nursing activity including mainstreaming genomics through transformation projects.
Salary: £70,641 to £80,554 a year

Closing date:
11 May 2021

Applicants from NTGMSA geography only

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 medicines 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 for the professions. Nurses, midwives and care staff form the largest workforce in the NHS and are well placed to optimise the potential contributions of genomics for improving health. The senior leadership of these professions, in steering the workforce, will be critical to the success of the NHS GMS for patients in England. Nurses and midwives have a crucial role in supporting the mainstreaming of genomics into clinical practice.

We aim to appoint a Lead Nurse who, supported by the Chief Nurse, will provide operational leadership for the nursing activity including mainstreaming genomics through 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 GMS priorities related to the nursing transformation programme. They will support the Chief Nurse, lead the nursing working group, work with education and training and workforce, and communications lead, to embed appropriate training/engagement and support transformation projects.

This is an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively, positioning strong leadership in nursing to support the development of genomics in healthcare and delivery of the nursing transformation projects.

Key responsibilities

To support the Chief Nurse and lead the nursing working group to develop and implement the nursing transformation programme by:

  • producing a stakeholder map to include relevant networks for nurses across the region and plan an appropriate strategy to engage them with the GMSA and wider national nursing programme.
  • carrying out a baseline review of current awareness and input from nurses on genomics and related pathways and identify best practice to be shared or gaps where nursing input regarding diagnosis/care would be beneficial.
  • working closely with the Chief Nurse and E&T and Workforce Lead develop a strategy for workforce development and delivering genomics education and training opportunities for the nursing workforce across the geography.
  • working closely with the Chief Nurse and Communications Lead develop an engagement strategy for the nursing workforce across the geography
  • identifying high impact, in terms of benefits to patients, transformation projects implementing genomics and focusing on nursing clinical practice; taking into consideration upskilling of the current workforce, new roles and new ways of working

Person specification



  • NMC Registered Nurse
  • Educated to Masters level OR equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level in specialist area
  • Leadership or Management qualification relevant to the NHS
  • Further training or significant experience in project management or supporting change management processes

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

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