National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusion

Changes to the Clinical Audit Programme

We are making some changes to the National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusion programme for the remainder of this year and the beginning of 2014.

Patient Information & Consent Audit postponed

We were planning to offer an audit of patient information and consent in September 2013. The piloting of the audit has overrun because our pilot sites needed more time to complete the work. A second challenge is that there is now an ongoing debate about whether public services should produce literature in various language versions and we are seeking clarification on this point. These problems led to the conclusion to delay the audit until after the pilot sites have fed back and after we have resolved the multiple languages issue. We will now be offering the audit in early 2014, and the start date is now anticipated to be Monday 13 January 2014. We will send our normal invitation to participate to hospitals during October, which will give you 3 months to decide if the audit is something you wish to do and have the resources to complete.

Online National Patient Blood Management Survey

Postponing the Patient Information and Consent Audit means there is an opportunity for you to help us shape plans for the Patient Blood Management (PBM) initiative. We are planning to issue national guidelines for PBM later this year but would like to get a better understanding of the current challenges faced by Trusts along with the resources for hospitals to implement and monitor PBM recommendations before guidance is issued. We have an opportunity to influence those guidelines by presenting information to the National Blood Transfusion Committee and Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, in late October. We are planning to conduct this national PBM survey (one per Trust/ Independent hospital) at the beginning of September for completion by the first week in October. We will produce a comparative type report and slideshow, so that you can compare your readiness for PBM with the national picture and with those of your local peers.

Audit Scheduled start Scheduled report
2012 Audit of the use of Anti-D Spring 2013 December 2013
2013 Audit of the management of patients in Neuro Critical Care Units Spring 2013 Summer 2014
2013 Audit of patient information and consent January 2014 Summer 2014

Contact John Grant-Casey or David Dalton for more details.

National Comparative Audit Reports

Regional Audit Presentations

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2011/12

Annual Report 2010/11

Annual Report 2009/10

Annual Report 2008/09

Annual Report 2007/08

Annual Report 2006/07

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for the National Comparative Audit Steering Group and Programme Implementation Group

To find out more about the National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusion, contact:

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

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