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Education and training

Published on 13 June 2019


Our digital education programme, Learnbloodtransfusion (LBT), is available throughout the United Kingdom (UK) and Republic of Ireland (ROI). 

The programme aims to provide an evidence based educational resource for practitioners working in transfusion to improve transfusion safety for patients receiving blood components.

Modules can be accessed at the learnPro NHS website.

We’re also developing modules that you’ll be able to access on your tablet or smartphone.

The programme is accredited by Edinburgh Napier University and each module is aligned to the Scottish Credits & Qualification Framerwork (SCQF).

The course is made up of 11 modules, a non-assessed animated training video and two role-specific pathways covering a range of topics and applicable to different levels of expertise and different clinical roles within transfusion practice:

  • Safe transfusion practice
  • Safe transfusion practice for paediatrics
  • Blood components and indications for use
  • Good manufacturing practice for hospital blood banks
  • Good manufacturing practice for blood establishments
  • Anti-D clinical
  • Anti-D laboratory
  • Learn cell salvage
  • Consent for transfusion
  • Safe transfusion laboratory practice
  • Acute transfusion reactions
  • Safe blood sampling for transfusion (video)
  • Blood collection pathway (for staff involved in the collection procedure)
  • Phlebotomy pathway (for staff involved in the sampling procedure)

Modules with an assessment element have an 80% pass mark. You’ll also get the opportunity to print off a certificate of completion.

The LBT Editorial Board oversees the LBT workplan with members from the four UK and Irish blood transfusion services contributing to the LBT education agenda. 

The chair of the group is from our Transfusion Team. The LBT editorial group report to the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) SNBTS Transfusion Team Network group. 

New developments

We've developed our own donor-specific transfusion (DST) special requirements app for online learning. 

It can be downloaded from all app stores via your mobile device.

We are also working to develop games based learning modules.