North West London Pathology (NWLP) is an NHS pathology partnership between Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust and The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which was created in November 2016.
NWLP is a shared services organisation jointly owned by the three Trusts. It is hosted by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. The partnership has created an innovative and sustainable service that delivers outstanding quality to users and patients alike. This innovative approach allows the service to better manage demand, standardise operations, improve value for money and make use of state-of-the-art technology.
The modernisation of pathology services represented by NWLP also provides a great opportunity to drive translational research in all aspects of pathology as well as supporting training for medical and scientific staff.
Our model of delivery
NWLP is based on a ‘hub and spoke’ structure with laboratories on seven hospital sites; the majority of routine, specialist and non-urgent activity is centred at our hub site at Charing Cross Hospital. Urgent tests required for immediate patient management and treatment are performed in 24/7 essential service laboratories based on-site at our spoke sites in the other hospitals in the group.
Substantial investment in new equipment and information systems has taken place specifically digital imaging, and artificial intelligence which is anticipated to play a major role in the future of pathology services.
Changes to the estates have also taken place as part of a transformation programme alongside the installation of new instrumentation.