Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLAs) are a vital part of the HSL team. Receiving, identifying and preparing all samples and request forms that come into the department, MLAs work closely alongside scientists and clinicians to ensure the laboratory functions as seamlessly as possible.
In January, HSL ran its first MLA recruitment day of 2019. Held at HSL’s flagship laboratory, the Halo, and split into two half day sessions, each session included an introduction to the role of an MLA, a tour of the Halo’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, a one-on-one interview and a group activity.
“It was a really fun and energetic day”, says Alwyn Neyton, HSL’s HR Advisor. “Our candidates all told us how quickly the day flew by. They particularly enjoyed the tour of the laboratory, meeting current MLAs and the team building activity.”
So what does HSL look for in a MLA? For Alwyn, it’s all about attention to detail and team working. “As long as our candidates can demonstrate these skills then we are happy”, she says. “Our MLAs don’t need a degree or to have come from a scientific background – we welcome all candidates with an interest in pathology who are keen to get hands on experience in a busy working laboratory.”
HSL strongly supports opportunities for personal development. All MLAs receive department-specific training to ensure they reach certain competencies and progress in their role.
All successful candidates from the day were put in touch with hiring managers from across HSL’s network of laboratories, including the Halo, Northwick Park and Barnet Hospital. If you’re interested in applying to the next MLA recruitment day, keep an eye on the HSL website for more information.