Specialist Transfusion Science Practice (STSP) - 5 day course

Overview

This course is designed to help you extend your knowledge of specialist transfusion science practice, providing the theoretical knowledge that underpins specialist transfusion investigations, associated practical techniques and their application. This course will give an insight into the specialist techniques that are utilised in the NHSBT Red Cell Immunohaematology laboratories to investigate complex cases, and will give attendees the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a case-based approach.

This 5-day course is structured to deliver knowledge using a combination of virtual classroom teaching over Zoom (Part 1 – 3 days), together with practical laboratory-based teaching in the training laboratory (Part 2 – 2 days).

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

Attendees should be HCPC-registered Biomedical Scientists or Healthcare Scientists working in an NHSBT laboratory or a hospital transfusion laboratory, experienced in routine transfusion science practice and ready to progress to, or already working at, a specialist level.

This course is specifically designed for those working towards the following 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): Haematology and Transfusion Science pathway

And is aimed at HCPC-registered Biomedical Scientists or Healthcare Scientists with a minimum of one-year transfusion laboratory experience, or transfusion specialists returning to work after a career break.

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)

If you do not fit into one of these categories, then please contact scientificandclinicaltrai@nhsbt.nhs.uk to discuss which transfusion science course best fits your needs.

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
  • Antibodies detected in pregnancy

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

The Specialist Transfusion Science Practice course is a 5-day programme.

There are 3 days of virtual classroom teaching over Zoom, presenting opportunity for the application of theory to case-based exercises and providing facilitated learning and group discussion.

There are 2 days of face-to-face, practical laboratory-based teaching in a training laboratory.

 

Please ensure that you have received an email confirming your enrolment and Joining Instructions for accessing the Brightspace e-learning platform. The Zoom link for the virtual classroom sessions will be posted in Announcements in Brightspace prior to the course starting. If you have any problems in accessing Brightspace or the Zoom virtual classroom, then please email scientificandclinicaltrai@nhsbt.nhs.uk

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

When you are booking your part one and part two booking should be within 3 months of each other. If this isn't possible for any reason, please contact us directly on scientificandclinicaltrai@nhsbt.nhs.uk where one of our team will assist.

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
29-31 May 2024 Online Part 1 (Theory) 6
03-05 June 2024 Online Part 1 (Theory) 5
06-07 June 2024 Filton Part 2 (Practical) 9
06-07 June 2024 Tooting Part 2 (Practical) 9
10-12 July 2024 Online Part 1 (Theory) 8
22-23 July 2024 Barnsley Part 2 (Practical) 8
23-25 September 2024 Online Part 1 (Theory) 8
30 September - 02 October 2024 Online Part 1 (Theory) 9
03-04 October 2024 Tooting Part 2 (Practical) 9
07-08 October 2024 Barnsley Part 2 (Practical) 11
07-08 October 2024 Manchester Part 2 (Practical) 5
27-29 November 2024 Online Part 1 (Theory) 11
02-04 December 2024 Online Part 1 (Theory) 12
02-03 December 2024 Filton Part 2 (Practical) 11
09-10 December 2024 Newcastle Part 2 (Practical) 8
09-10 December 2024 Barnsley Part 2 (Practical) 12
20-22 January 2025 Online Part 1 (Theory) 10
27-29 January 2025 Online Part 1 (Theory) 10
30-31 January 2025 Tooting Part 2 (Practical) 11
03-04 February 2025 Filton Part 2 (Practical) 10
03-04 February 2025 Manchester Part 2 (Practical) 7
24-26 February 2025 Online Part 1 (Theory) 12
03-05 March 2025 Online Part 1 (Theory) 12
06-07 March 2025 Newcastle Part 2 (Practical) 8
06-07 March 2025 Tooting Part 2 (Practical) 12
10-11 March 2025 Barnsley Part 2 (Practical) 12