The Doctors Laboratory (TDL), The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (the Royal Free London) and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) have formed a new organisation to deliver pathology services for patients and efficiencies for the local health economy.
David Byrne, chief executive, Health Services Laboratories, said: “Health Services Laboratories will deliver clinically-led diagnostic services focused on the needs of the patient, leading edge technology, and investment in infrastructure and IT.
“This partnership will improve services for both clinicians and patients. I also look forward to integrating the existing research and teaching activities fostered by all three partners to the benefit of our patients and academic colleagues.”
Between them, the three partners will be investing £40 million over three years to deliver rapid response laboratories at the trusts and a new core, state-of-the-art laboratory at 1 Mabledon Place in central London, which is due to open in autumn 2016. Lord Carter, who was commissioned by the Department of Health in 2005 to review pathology services across the NHS, is to chair the new venture.
UCLH was the first major NHS trust to develop a commercial relationship with an independent pathology partner, TDL, in 2002. Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said: “This new venture will deliver on the vision for pathology services outlined by Lord Carter in his seminal report, and builds on UCLH’s strong record in partnering with the independent sector when it gets the right outcomes for patients and saves money.”
Sir David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free London, said: “By providing a world class working environment and outstanding opportunities for personal and professional development Health Services Laboratories will be able to recruit and retain the highest quality workforce.
“The partnership will maximise research and educational opportunities, ensuring its NHS partners and customers remain at the forefront of patient care.”
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, which currently provides blood sciences, microbiology and specialist testing services for its patients and for the patients of GPs in Enfield and Haringey, will be the first non-partner customer of Health Services Laboratories.
Over 800 staff will be employed at the new organisation, which will have the financial freedom to recruit, retain, motivate and develop the highest quality workforce by offering an excellent working environment and opportunities for personal and professional development.
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