Automation in action

9 Apr, 2019

Master’s students visit the Halo to learn about laboratory automation

Last month, HSL invited biomedical science Master’s students from Westminster University to tour its flagship laboratory, the Halo. David Ricketts, Head of HSL Laboratory Process Improvement, is a lecturer on the automation module of the Master’s course – a module which explores the impact of laboratory automation on the practice of biomedical science in the context of diagnosis and research. “For many of the students, this was their first time really looking round and exploring a busy, state-of-the-art laboratory,” says David. “We showed them round various departments, explaining how all the technology works and the complexity behind each process. They were blown away by the size and scale of the operation – and very impressed with the quality of automation on display.”

Since its inception, HSL has been committed to supporting the education and training of future scientists and healthcare professionals. “It’s vital that Master’s students receive relevant, real-life experience alongside their lectures and self-study,” says David. “Many of them want to pursue a career in biomedical science, so they need to know what they’re stepping into. By showing them the cutting-edge technology we use and giving them a taste of life in a busy, working laboratory, we’re helping to create a workforce fit for the future.”

Feedback from the day was very positive: “Students find it very inspiring to come and look round the lab. Having organised and led a number of these tours, I’m always struck by how motivated the students feel afterwards. It increases their interest and passion for the subject which is always fantastic to see.”

HSL is a partnership between The Doctors Laboratory, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (the Royal Free London) and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)

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