National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusion

What is the National Comparative Audit?

The National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusion (NCABT) is a programme of clinical audits which looks at the use and administration of blood and blood components in NHS and independent hospitals in England and North Wales.

For the last 13 years we have offered participation in our programme to hospitals served by the blood services in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The objective of the audit programme is to provide evidence that blood is being prescribed and used appropriately and administered safely, and to highlight where practice is deviating from the guidelines to the possible detriment of patient care.

The programme is funded entirely by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) through the blood pricing mechanism, and is one of the largest independently funded audit programmes in the UK. No charge is made to UK hospitals participating in the programme. The programme has been in operation since 2003.

Audit Reports 

2014 Audit of Transfusion in children and adults with sickle cell disease

2016 Audit of Red Cell & Platelet transfusion in adult haematology patients 

Schedule of Audits


  • Audit of O negative red cells Autumn 2017
  • Audit of Red Cell & Platelet transfusion in adult haematology patients - re-audit July 2017
  • TACO Audit - Data collection completed


  • Re-audit of Patient Blood Management in adults undergoing elective, scheduled surgery - Data collection completed
  • Audit of Red Cell transfusion in Palliative care - Data collection completed

Access your hospital's audit reports 


John Grant-Casey
National Comparative Audit Programme Manager
Telephone: 07720 275388

David Dalton
National Comparative Audit Project Officer
Telephone: 0121 278 8216