Transfusion Medicine SAC

Transfusion medicine is concerned with the transfusion of blood and blood components.

Chair: Dr Shruthi Narayan

Committee Members

UK Transfusion guidance for sample tube shortages

This is the UK transfusion guidance for safe transfusions during period of blood sample tube shortages. This document has been developed collaboratively by NBTC Emergency Planning Working Group, SHOT and RCPath Transfusion SAC, with input from BSH Transfusion Task Force. This guidance document should be used in line with local arrangements for risk assessment and concessionary release. While the ongoing shortage is expected to be resolved soon, this guidance document is meant to be a blueprint for Trusts/Health Boards to use to manage from a transfusion point of view. Severity of shortages is variable across the UK and measures implemented are likely to vary, these will need to be used in conjunction with current national guidelines, be risk assessed and implemented collaboratively with frontline clinical and laboratory teams. The provision of safe and timely blood components remains a priority.

Oliver Memorial Award

In 1921 Percy Oliver created world’s first voluntary blood donor service. Following his death in 1944, his colleagues created the Oliver Memorial Fund to perpetuate his achievement and administered it for over 50 years. In 2001, the Royal College of Pathologists took over the task of administering the fund through Annual Awards to recognise achievements in transfusion medicine. From 2013 a further element has been added to the award - a bursary to assist trainees to attend national or international seminars or conferences on transfusion medicine.

Percy Oliver Memorial Award - 2021 applications now closed

The Memorial Award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of blood transfusion. The category for the 2021 award is scientific/technical.

Please use the citation to describe your nominee's background, achievements and contributions to the field of scientific/technical, in no more than 750 words. Please also demonstrate the impact they have made to the field.

The deadline for nominations is now closed

Trainee Travel Bursary - 2021 applications now closed 

The Trainee Travel Bursary is offered each spring and autumn to a value of up to £500. The bursary can be used to cover travel and accommodation costs for trainee clinicians and clinical scientists, enrolled in a recognised UK training scheme and working in the field of transfusion medicine, to enable their participation in a national or international blood transfusion meeting. The applicant will be asked to provide a report on their attendance at the conference for publication in The Bulletin.

Applications for the trainee travel bursary should be made by completing the form below. The deadline for applications is now closed.

Careers in transfusion medicine