NHS Blood and Transplant People First

Scientific and Clinical

In the current climate all face to face courses have been postponed

Scientific and Clinical Development encompasses the theoretical and practical opportunities that underpin the scientific, technical, and clinical task-based training needs of staff who work within the fields of Transfusion and/or Transplantation.

Development programmes can be found to teach staff at all levels of knowledge; whether or not you are new to the subject or have made it your life long career.

The programme details below will provide you with information on who the course is aimed at, the objectives and learning outcomes.

If you can't find the information you are looking for you can Raise a query online.

Learn Blood Transfusion

A suite of transfusion related e-learning courses developed to improve patient care, reduce risk and promote knowledge about safe and appropriate transfusion practice. Courses include Safe Transfusion Practice, Blood Components and Indications for Use, Good Manufacturing Practice, Anti-D (Clinical and Laboratory) and Learn Cell Salvage.

Programme Outlines

The programme outline identifies the learning outcomes and target audience for each event. Before booking to attend any programme, you need to have a discussion with your manager to ensure that it is appropriate for the needs of both you and your department. These discussions can take place at any time during the year, but should be included in your PDPR.

Digital Blood Centre Tour

The Blood Centre Tour, which was delivered face-to-face, has been replaced by a digital version. The new Blood Centre Tour will allow you to explore each department at a blood centre from the comfort of your computer; giving you an insight to what happens on a day-to-day basis. 

The Blood Centre Tour provides an overview of NHSBT, and the workings of our laboratories, giving knowledge relating to the functions of a blood centre. The digital Blood Centre Tour is available here

The digital Blood Centre Tour is made up of ten modules, each of which is of no more than 5 minutes in length.   It has been designed so you can dip in and out at your leisure or as time permits, it does not have to viewed all in one sitting.

Using the lift menu navigate up through the floors to investigate each department of a Blood Centre from the receipt of blood donations through to testing and distribution to hospitals. The Tour will cover:

  • A brief explanation of the purpose of blood collection and processing, testing and distribution of blood and blood products
  • A brief overview of selected areas of the blood centre, to visibly illustrate the working practices of difference laboratories and departments

And you will find out and learn about:

  • The methods used during component preparation, testing and distribution of donated blood
  • The relationship between ‘patient facing’ and ‘donor facing’ departments and how they support NHSBT activities

If you still feel you have a requirement for a face to face tour after completing the digital version of the Blood Centre Tour, in exceptional circumstances. we may be able to accommodate this. Please submit a bespoke Blood Centre Tour request form, identifying the specific reason behind your request (not all bespoke requests will be supported)

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