“Our ambition is to be the number one employer for scientific staff in the UK, which means that we must listen to the needs of the people who work for us, and provide the right facilities for them. Pathology is a passion – for HSL, for its staff, for so many people in the scientific community – and so the investments we’re making here reflect just how valued the profession is. Perhaps that hasn’t always been the case but we’re here to change that.
All of us here are part of something new and pioneering. But that can only be truly transformative in medicine if it provides added meaning for both the customer and employee. Which is why we invite staff to sit with management and explore what they believe is important in this field, how the new laboratories should be designed and where investment needs to be made.
That kind of collaboration creates happy, inspired and motivated teams. Even though the NHS does incredible work, pathology can sometimes be a clinical discipline that suffers from a lack of investment. But if you work in that field, that’s all you think about. And HSL is a company that reflects those values and ambitions.
Part of that mission is to create an inspiring environment, and that’s what Halo represents, positioned as it is at the heart of a London-based scientific hub. People will be inspired the moment they walk through the doors and we hope that means the best and most ambitious biomedical scientists in Britain will come and join the 1,500 or so staff that already work here.
The thrill of being part of something so new cannot be underestimated. This is the first time that a joint venture between an independent company and the NHS has been created in this format. We’ve forged commercial know-how and access to capital, with the vast clinical knowledge and skills experience of the NHS.
So we’re not just a pioneer for pathology but also a model for how other medical partnerships might operate in the future. Personally speaking, bringing these two sides together has been made infinitely easier because pathology staff in the independent and public sectors share such similar values – dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm.
To have an opportunity to do something that’s genuinely new within the NHS is exciting and rare. Inspiring, too. These relationships we’re building are not just about what’s possible today but what might be the potential for tomorrow.”