Intermediate Transfusion Medicine (ITM) - 15 day course



The aim of the programme is to meet the training needs of Speciality Registrars who are studying for the Part 1 RCPath examination in Haematology and Transfusion Medicine.

This comprehensive course includes tutorials, seminars, case studies, data interpretation and exercises relating to transfusion practice.

It is delivered over 3 consecutive weeks (15 days) by virtual classroom on Zoom. In week 2, on the Wednesday and Thursday you will attend a 2-day practical in an NHSBT Training Laboratory, at Barnsley, Tooting (London), Filton (Bristol), Manchester, or Newcastle, where you will complete practical transfusion science techniques under supervision. Practicals will be offered at 3 locations for each ITM course.

If you are an NHS England Employee refer to NHS Course Booking information before enrolling on to a course.

If you are interested in courses taking place in the next financial year, please view our future dates and request to be added to our waiting list.

The programme is for:

  • Speciality Registrars (StRs) in Haematology / Transfusion Medicine, taking the RC Path Part 1 examination
  • Delegates must have an StR number (National Training Number)

Medical staff should have attended the ‘Essential Transfusion Medicine’ programme prior to attending the Intermediate Transfusion Medicine course.

This course will enable you to:

  • Describe underpinning principles of transfusion / science
  • Evaluate and interpret test results and select the appropriate patient treatment and intervention

The following topics are covered within this course:

  • Red cell serology
  • Transfusion microbiology
  • Quality aspects of Blood Services
  • Blood components and products and their use
  • Appropriate use of blood components
  • Antenatal testing and HDFN
  • HLA/transplantation/platelets & granulocytes
  • Pre-transfusion testing and significance
  • Auto-immune cytopenias, including AIHA
  • Adverse transfusion reactions
  • Haemovigilance

This comprehensive course includes structured digital learning packages and virtual classroom teaching over Zoom from transfusion specialists, in the form of tutorials and seminars, presenting opportunity for the application of theory to case-based exercises and providing facilitated learning and group discussion.

Please ensure that you have received an email confirming your enrolment and Joining Instructions for accessing the Brightspace e-learning platform 2 weeks prior to the course start. The Zoom link for the virtual classroom will be posted in Announcements in Brightspace prior to the course beginning.

Core reading material that may help you with this programme;

  • Transfusion Medicine BSH Guidelines
  • Practical Transfusion Medicine – Ed Murphy and Derwood Pamphilon

There is assessment as part of this programme; informal tutor observation during the course, questions and informal discussions, course exercises, data interpretation and assessments.

If you have any problems in accessing Brightspace or the Zoom virtual classroom, then please email

NOTE: By joining the waiting list you are signing up to express an interest in the course and it does not guarantee you a place. As soon as the date is open for booking you will be notified by email.