Specialist Transfusion Science Practice (STSP) - 5 day course

Overview

This programme is a 5-day course to provide specialist level theoretical and practical information relating to more complex aspects of transfusion science practice.

The course is structured to deliver knowledge using a combination of digital learning modules, online virtual classroom sessions and practical training in a laboratory environment.

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

Be able to relate laboratory procedures to the appropriate specialist theoretical knowledge and describe the underpinning theoretical principles of the following transfusion science topics:

  • Advanced ABO, Rh and major blood group systems
  • Antibody detection and identification in complex cases
  • Blood Components: appropriate selection and use
  • Theoretical and practical investigation of AIHA
  • Serological investigation of transfusion reactions
  • Haemovigilance
  • Antenatal serology, HDFN and Anti-D lg prophylaxis

Understand laboratory investigations for:

  • Suspected Transfusion Reactions
  • Autoimmune Haemolytic Anaemia

The course content provides detailed understanding of the theoretical principles of a range of specialist transfusion science topics and relates practical procedures used in hospital and specialist transfusion laboratories to theoretical principles.

Utilising data and case studies the programme covers:

  • Advanced ABO, Rh and major blood group systems
  • Detection and identification of red cell antibodies: complex cases
  • Blood Components: appropriate selection and use
  • Theoretical and practical investigation of AIHA
  • Serological investigation of transfusion reactions
  • Haemovigilance
  • Antenatal serology, HDFN and Anti-D lg prophylaxis

It is designed for HCPC registered healthcare scientists working towards the following specialist transfusion science qualifications:

  • BBTS Specialist Certificate in Transfusion Science Practice
  • IBMS Specialist Diploma in Transfusion Science
  • IBMS Specialist Diploma in Haematology with Hospital Transfusion Science
  • Scientist Training Programme (STP)
  • HCPC registered healthcare scientists with minimum one-year transfusion science laboratory experience
  • Transfusion scientists returning to work after a career break

This course is offered as a blended learning programme incorporating online study, virtual classrooms, and a face-to-face laboratory workshop.

  • Part 1: 4-day online study block covering theoretical concepts and practice

  • Part 2: one-day practical tutorial in an NHSBT teaching laboratory to consolidate theoretical learning

To attend this course, you must have a sound understanding of safe laboratory practice and one of the following:

  • Secure knowledge and practical experience of current routine transfusion laboratory techniques and extensive prior experience in transfusion science laboratories
  • Attendance on NHSBT’s Practical Introduction to Transfusion Science (PITS) course

Please ensure that you meet the criteria found in the Who is this course for? tab.

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

All pre-course learning will be made available to you in our learning managenment system, Brightspace. This must be completed before attending the course.

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
23-26 January 2023 Online Part 1 (Theory) 6
30 January 2023 Newcastle Part 2 (Practical) 5
31 January 2023 Tooting Part 2 (Practical) 7
27 February - 02 March 2023 Online Part 1 (Theory) 9
06 March 2023 Barnsley Part 2 (Practical) 8
07 March 2023 Filton Part 2 (Practical) 11