Complete our haematology workforce survey

We are asking UK Laboratory Leads for Haematology and Transfusion Medicine to complete to complete our survey on haematology and blood transfusion services.

The College is committed to supporting the planning of efficient, high quality pathology services. By completing our survey, you are helping us to build a comprehensive picture of the UK workforce in pathology, and gain a realistic idea of the number of vacant posts in the UK in this specialty.

The deadline for submitting your survey has been extended and will close on 30 April 2019

How will the data be used?

The data provided will be used as aggregated statistics in an RCPath Workforce report. All data will be anonymised and will be triangulated with data provided from the RCPath online census.

We appreciate that some of the data may be regarded as sensitive. Please be assured that the information you provide will be kept totally confidential, and will not be shared with third parties. 

What information do I need to know?

As part of the survey, you'll be asked to enter some simple personal information – like your name and email address. You'll also be asked to supply the following detailed information about your service's workforce, which will need to be prepared in advance. We appreciate that it may take some time to collate this data, and thank you in advance for your support. 

Key:  *indicates mandatory questions

Contact details of person completing the survey

*    Name

*    Position

*    Email address

*    Country 

  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

*    UK Regions, Wales Health Boards, Northern Ireland Health & Social Care Trusts and NHS Scotland (drop down options)

*    Organisation (drop down options)

Are you in a network? Yes/No

If yes, of which network are you a part? (free text)

What is the total population served by your laboratory service?  (approximate number is good enough) (Whole numbers only)

Laboratory Workload

    Workload data for last full 12 months (approximate is good enough):

          Type of activity                                                Number of requests in year 

  • FBC - Full Blood Count
  • Coagulation screen 
  • Group and screen requests 
  • Crossmatch requests 
  • Diagnostic Haemato-oncology tests 
  • Thrombophilia screen 
  • Bone Marrow tests
  • Specialist haematology tests
  • Total haematology tests

What percentage of tests are requested from primary care?  (Whole numbers only)

If applicable, and in confidence, approximately what proportion of the annual workload do you outsource?  As a percentage.  (Whole numbers only)

Approximately how much does it cost you annually to outsource? (your answers will be kept confidential)   £


Please provide details relating to each Consultant Haematologist and Transfusion Medicine and then each Consultant Clinical Scientist (if relevant) currently employed in the Department.  (Room for 20 medical and 10 clinical scientist consultant's details.  If staff is over this number, please contact us for an Excel spreadsheet)

Medical Consultants' details

  • Number of PAs for Laboratory Work?
  • Total number of Programmed Activities (PAs) in contract?
  • Age? (ranges given e.g. under 35, 35 to 39, 40 to 45, ...)
  • Retired and returned to work? Yes/No
  • Likely to retire in next 2, 5 or 10 years
  • How many of this consultant's PAs are allocated to molecular diagnostic work?

Clinical Scientists' details

  • Specialty - Haematology, Transfusion Medicine, H&I
  • Band (9 - 8a)
  • Total number of hours in contract?
  • Age? (ranges given e.g. under 35, 35 to 39, 40 to 45, ...)
  • Retired and returned to work? Yes/No
  • Likely to retire in next 2, 5 or 10 years

Information about any current vacancies in:

  • substantive medical posts
  • substantive posts in bands 8c, 8d or 9
  • substantive posts for SAS doctors.

Is the current consultant establishment sufficient to meet laboratory demand?

  • Medical Yes/No
  • Scientific Yes/No

Whether excess clinical demand is managed through: 

  • additional PAs for existing staff
  • locums
  • outsourcing 
  • other (please specify) 

*  Do you have any SAS Doctors i.e Specialty Doctors, Associate Specialists and Specialty Doctors (Staff Grade), in Haematology and/or Transfusion Medicine?  If yes, it will take you to questions relating to these staff.  If no, it will skip this section.

Details of all employed SAS doctors: 

  • Number of PAs for Laboratory work
  • Number of Programmed Activities (PAs) in contract
  • Age? (ranges given e.g. under 35, 35 to 39, 40 to 45, ...)

If you have any vacant substantive posts for SAS doctors, please include the number of vacancies (drop down options)

Predicted requirements for additional posts over the next two years at following grades: 

  • Medical Consultant
  • Consultant Clinical Scientists in bands  8a, 8b, 8c, 8d or 9
  • Specialty Doctors.

Number of new or replacement posts advertised or to be advertised over the next three months: 

  • Medical Consultant 
  • Consultant Clinical Scientists in bands 8a, 8b, 8c, 8d or 9 
  • Specialty Doctors 

*  Do you have any vacant post covered by locums in your department in Haematology and/or Transfusion Medicine?  If yes, it will take you to questions relating to these staff.  If no, it will skip this section.


Please provide details relating to vacant posts covered by Locums in Haematology and/or Transfusion Medicine currently employed by the Department.

Number of Locums - NHS Locums or Agency Locums - in the following grades:

  • Medical Consultants 
  • Clinical Scientists in bands 9, 8d, 8c, 8b, 8a 
  • Trainee
  • SAS Doctor
  • Other grade

What are the reasons for your current Locums i.e covering sick leave, covering maternity, uncertainty about funding, etc.

In confidence, how much you have spent on Laboratory Locums in the last year and last month?  (approximate amount is good enough)

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This is an opportunity to provide comments and/or additional information on any of the preceding questions. Please note that we are unable to reply to every comment.  However, your views are very important to us and we will endeavour to cover all the relevant issues in our report.

Complete the survey

Please submit your responses to our survey by 30 April 2019. If you have any questions about completing the survey, email us on