Practical Introduction to Transfusion Science (PITS) - 5 day course


This course provides an introduction to the fundamental knowledge underpinning routine practical techniques used within a transfusion laboratory. Alongside the theoretical background and knowledge, the course offers basic practical experience of routine transfusion techniques, performed within a transfusion laboratory environment.

The course is structured to deliver knowledge using a combination of digital learning sessions or modules, and practical training in a laboratory environment. The 5 day course is deliberately constructed to offer an accessible learning experience to prepare learners for either progression onto our specialist courses or for hands-on experience in a role within a live environment, such as a transfusion laboratory to embed their skills.

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

This course will enable you to:

  • Perform basic ABO and RhD grouping using the appropriate techniques and interpret results and data
  • Perform antibody screening and identification, and correctly identify samples containing an irregular antibody
  • Perform a serological crossmatch and identify incompatible units as well as those suitable for transfusion
  • Have an increased understanding of the underpinning knowledge required to carry out these techniques

The following topics are covered within this course:

  • Red cell antigens and antibodies
  • Basic ABO, Rh and other major blood group information
  • Antibody screening and basic antibody identification methods
  • Pre-transfusion testing guidelines
  • Basic ‘blood group serology' techniques
  • Provision of blood components
  • Hazards of transfusion

This course is specifically designed for:

  • Healthcare/biomedical scientist trainees
  • Healthcare/biomedical scientists from multi-disciplinary pathology laboratories who require basic transfusion science laboratory knowledge/skills
  • Healthcare/biomedical scientists with limited knowledge of blood transfusion or who are returning to work from a career break

Course structure: 5 day total programme. Consisting of:

  1. 3 days of digital learning and virtual classroom teaching structured into cohorts for peer-to-peer and tutor learning support
  2. 2 days of practical face-to-face laboratory based teaching

Attendance on the virtual classrooms is essential for progressing to Part 2 of the course. Delegates who do not attend the virtual classrooms will need to rebook Part 1 and Part 2 for which they will be charged.

Attendees should be working in a hospital pathology laboratory or NHSBT laboratory and have a basic knowledge of laboratory procedures and health and safety.

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

There is no preparatory work required to complete this programme. Any relevant information will be sent to you by e-mail.

Book your two sessions, theory and practical below ensuring your theory date comes first.

Please Contact Us if you have any questions.

Courses included in this program:

Please select your 2 course sessions from this list.

Select Date Location Delivery Method Seats Remaining
03-05 January 2024 Online Part 1 (Theory) 1
09-11 January 2024 Online Part 1 (Theory) 2
16-17 January 2024 Filton Part 2 (Practical) 1
29-31 January 2024 Online Part 1 (Theory) 3
12-13 February 2024 Filton Part 2 (Practical) 4