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

0.8 WTE- 1.0 WTE fixed term - with flexibility
We are looking 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.
Salary: £70,641 to £80,554 per year

Closing date:
31 March 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 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.

The role

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
  • developing plans which will enable the implementation of the transformation projects and to embed into clinical practice across different sectors in primary and secondary care.
  • identifying and mobilising other nurses or genomics champions across the region who can help with project(s) delivery
  • work with the GMSA team and PPIE group to review care pathways to ensure they maximise the opportunity for patients to benefit from genomics
  • participate in the national Nursing and Midwifery Genomics Collaborative, sharing practice, supporting collaborations across the GMS Alliances and providing expert advice – `Genomic Medicine Services Alliances and the role of nurses and midwives within the new structure: Update for Chief Nurses and Heads of Midwifery’ (July, 2020) content/uploads/2020/10/B0164-update-on-genomic-medicine-service-for-nurses-and- midwives.pdf
  • Work with colleagues in the clinical leadership team to optimise the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach to developing and implementing the transformation programmes.
  • Work with the Chief Nurse to support the delivery of GMS priorities related to the nursing transformation programme.
  • Maintain own continuing professional development as appropriate.


This role reports into the GMSA Chief Nurse. We are hoping for a time commitment of .8WTE but there is some flexibility to accommodate a secondment arrangement from a local provider organisation within the GMSA.

Apply now

Please read full job description and apply here.


Please contact Natalie Percival, Chief Nurse, GMSA if you are interested in this exciting opportunity. Please refer to the job advert for interview