The North East and Yorkshire Genomic Medicine Service (NEY GMS) brings together genomic expertise across Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The potential to learn and grow as part of the NEY GMS team is endless. Here, you’ll do work that has the potential to provide you with unparalleled learning opportunities, whilst improving health outcomes for people across the region and beyond.


Current Vacancies

Role: Clinical Scientist in Genomics

Type: Full Time, Permanent

Pay Scheme: AfC Band 7

Sites: Newcastle, Sheffield & Leeds

We have ongoing Clinical Scientist vacancies for dedicated individuals to join our friendly laboratory teams in Leeds, Newcastle & Sheffield.

So, if your passion is science & you want to be at the forefront of improving outcomes for patients, then there’s no better place to be & no more exciting time to work in genomics

You’ll be responsible for the:

  • Delivery & scientific development of a high-quality diagnostic laboratory genetics service
  • Scientific leadership in service provision for a specified clinical area
  • Providing advice to consultants & other service users
  • Making contributions to shape national best-practice

Who We are

The North East & Yorkshire Genomic Laboratory Hub (NEY GLH) serves around 9 million patients regionally & brings together genomic expertise across NHS Trusts in Leeds, Newcastle & Sheffield.  We also provide highly specialised tests for inherited cancers for the wider NHS.

With recent advances in our understanding of genetics & the availability of new technologies, we are in a better position than ever before to deliver effective diagnostic testing for inherited diseases & to facilitate more targeted & personalised approaches to cancer diagnostics & treatment.

Essential Criteria

  • HCPC-registered Clinical Scientist with evidenced Genomics experience (including Clinical Scientists from other STP disciplines); or
  • Final year (or late second year) Clinical Scientist trainees on accredited training programmes (e.g. STP or equivalent) with evidenced genomic experience; or
  • MSC or PHD in Genetics, with significant laboratory & analytical experience in a relevant clinical setting*; or
  • HCPC-registered biomedical scientists (BMS) with genomics experience in a clinical setting*

*Would be appointed at an appropriate grade until HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist by portfolio submission via ACS or AHCS

If you’d like to explore vacancies at our sites please get in touch.

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Richard Kirk, Head of Laboratory – [email protected]

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust

David Bourn, Head of Laboratory – [email protected]

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

James Steer, Head of Laboratory – [email protected]

Meet some of our team

About the NEY GLH

We provide genetic tests for nine million patients in our region and some highly specialised tests for the wider population in England.  Our work helps to provide individuals and their families with diagnoses, so that they can receive appropriate care and support.

We’re part of a national team all working together to improve health and equity of access to genomic tests and treatments for patients. If your passion is science and you want to be at the forefront of improving outcomes for patients, then there’s no better place to be.

With recent advances in our understanding of genetics and the availability of new technologies, we are in a better position than ever before to care for people with inherited diseases.

We’re driven to make the right choices for our patients and have a commitment to supporting you to realise your full potential.

Where do we recruit?

Investing in science

  • Over £4m has been invested in new and cutting-edge equipment in the last four years.
  • The diversity of tertiary specialist clinical services (adults and children’s) provide the opportunity to rapidly build on your experience and expertise.

The Leeds Central laboratory is responsible for delivering the high throughput Next Generation Sequencing facility for the GLH, based around NovaSeq, NextSeq550DX and Genexus platforms with associated technical and bioinformatics support to deliver an efficient service, in addition to a broad spectrum of equipment and technologies to support a full genomic laboratory.

The laboratory works closely with the Translational Genomics Unit, a joint Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) and University of Leeds team who deliver research and service development with the genomics team: a particular focus now is on long read sequencing technologies for both Rare Disease and HaematoOncology services.

The best place to work

LTHT is one of the largest and busiest acute hospital trusts in the UK. Last year, we treated more than 1.7 million patients and the Trust employs more than 21,000 staff.

Our care and clinical expertise is delivered from seven hospitals on five sites, and they are all joined by our vision to be the best for specialist and integrated care. We play an important role in the training and education of medical, nursing and dental students, and we are a centre for world-class research, innovation and pioneering new treatments.

At LTHT, we’re committed to being the best place to work.  Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and help drive continuous improvements in our service. We are committed to personal development and ensure that every individual has the opportunity to grow towards more senior roles.  There’s no better place to make a difference to patients and their families.

Leeds – a vibrant city to live and work

As one of the most vibrant cities in the UK, Leeds has become a focus for people looking to balance career opportunities with cost of living and lifestyle.

Leeds offers a thriving cultural scene, enviable shopping locations and eateries, open spaces and easy access to the Yorkshire Dales.  House prices in Leeds are below the national average1 and the city region offers a good selection of house types.  It’s also a commutable distance from York, Harrogate and Wetherby for people wanting to base themselves closer to the North Yorkshire Moors.

With its own international airport and train station linking all major UK cities, Leeds is well connected.  The city also has a plentiful choice of schools, with 34 state schools being rated as outstanding by Ofsted2 and reputable independent schools.

You can find out more about living in Leeds and Yorkshire here:

https://www.yorkshire.com/

https://www.zoopla.co.uk/discover/buying-area-guides/living-in-leeds/

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Investing in science

The Newcastle Genetics Laboratory is based at the Centre for Life in the Institute of Genetic Medicine, with close links to the high profile academic research groups at the Institute. The Mitochondrial Genetics Group is based at the Medical School on one of the main hospital sites, as part of a highly specialised service encompassing a range of disciplines. We have a commitment to continuously improving the efficiency of our services, which has allowed us to absorb a rapid increase in samples and a wider testing repertoire over the last five years.

The Newcastle Genetics Laboratory is responsible for delivering rapid genotyping for a range of applications, as well as carrying out laboratory work for SNP arrays on behalf of the GLH. We have invested accordingly in the Agena and iScan platforms and re-designed workflows to accommodate the activity.

Employer of choice

Newcastle Hospitals is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally and are proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country.

Without our staff, we wouldn’t be able to offer the world-class standards of safe and compassionate care the Newcastle Hospitals are renowned for. In return for their dedication, we are continually investing in our people.

We are committed to being an ‘employer of choice’, supporting our staff, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high quality education, training, career progression helping them to provide the very best care for our patients.

Newcastle – a vibrant and cultural city

As well as the huge variety of NHS jobs and career opportunities, you’ll enjoy the sheer variety of what the vibrant, cultural city of Newcastle upon Tyne has to offer. The Centre for Life  is located close to the city centre, with excellent public transport links.

  • A vibrant city – impressive selection of shops, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and music venues
  • Central location of main sites
  • Near the coast and countryside
  • Excellent schools
  • A great nightlife
  • Short commutes and great transport
  • Accommodation to suit all budgets

Delivering and innovating

Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service is hosted by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. We deliver analysis and reporting of a huge range of Cancer and Rare Disease genomic services, including Specialist Services in haematology, musculoskeletal conditions, neurology, gastrohepatology and respiratory conditions. We collaborate with clinical colleagues (e.g. the Ehlers-Danlos National Diagnostic Service), academic units (e.g. the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience – SITraN) and educational innovations (e.g. the Julia Garnham Centre developed with the University of Sheffield).

Our staff are key to our success and reputation

Sheffield Children’s is one of only three dedicated children’s hospital trusts in the UK – a specialist centre for children’s health supporting children and young people from across the region, and in some cases nationally and internationally. We provide integrated physical and mental health care in hospital, in the community, at home, in school and even in the skies (through our Embrace transfer service).

Sheffield Children’s is driving the future of children’s healthcare through pioneering paediatric trials and research across a wide portfolio of clinical specialties. And, we have exciting plans to go even further, including building a new helipad supporting our role as a Paediatric Major Trauma Centre, digitising our patient systems and creating innovative new care models with a focus on communities and tackling health inequalities.

We will also deliver the first National Centre for Child Health Technology on the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, which will build on our reputation as a leader in research and innovation and give us the opportunity for a new site for clinical services.

Almost 4,000 staff are part of the Sheffield Children’s team and the commitment of our employees is key to our success and reputation.  We recognise that enhancing the skills of individual members of staff is a key part of our strategy to increase the capability of the Trust and improve our service to patients.

We aim to support our workforce as far as possible with their education and training goals and their continuing professional development. Enhancing the skills of individual members of staff is a key part of our strategy to make sure the Trust is equipped with the right mix of knowledge, skills and capability and improve our service to patients.

Sheffield – the Outdoor City

Sheffield is the fourth largest city in England yet one-third of the city is actually in the Peak District National Park, renowned for its beautiful scenery, picturesque villages and abundance of outdoor activities! Sheffield is also home to five rivers, 800 managed greenspaces and more trees per person than any other city in Europe.

The Outdoor City also proudly holds the title of being the first National City of Sport with world-class venues for athletics, swimming and football. It also has numerous golf courses, an ice rink and caters for many other sporting interests.

Its two universities and further education establishments host over 40,000 students.

There are good quality schools and colleges and excellent transport links to the rest of the UK with direct trains to London taking just over two hours.

Sheffield has a wide variety of entertainment and social facilities with galleries, theatres, cinemas, bars, clubs, restaurants and shopping outlets to suit all tastes.

Visit the Welcome to Sheffield website to find out more about what Sheffield has to offer.