18 Nov, 2020
Biomedical Scientist Dan joined the company from Sonic in Australia. He is responsible for making sure each business unit across the Group is running at its most efficient. He cites the example of introducing business unit level budget ownership to drive operational improvement.
This strategy promotes innovation, such as new technology in specimen reception. It also promotes the good work being done by business unit leads and means that learning can be shared across the Group.
The other part of his role is to investigate new projects.
One of the latest examples being how best to procure and store the huge range of inventory the Group needs daily and, without which, operations would seriously be compromised. The result is the business case that has led to the new central warehouse at Elstree.
And, when HSL stepped up to answer the national call to increase testing capacity, Dan worked with the UCL team to develop an options appraisal. The option that ticked all the boxes was converting the Halo’s Level 9 into what will shortly become The Covid-19 Pillar 2 laboratory.
Refurbishment is well under way to turn the former office space into a functional testing laboratory. Construction is due to be completed by mid-November, with commissioning and testing to start shortly afterwards.
The ambition is to go live from mid-December with operational capacity for 10,000 tests a day, most of which is expected to come mainly from community testing centres and care homes.
Yet again, this project has taken place in a significantly shorter timescale than would be normally be expected. As well as the skills and excellent non-scientific teamwork, the HSL Virology team’s pioneering development of a new, direct PCR method, is also a major factor in making it all possible.