Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion Practice is undertaken within a variety of healthcare settings - predominantly the student’s own clinical environment.
The course provides academic support and facilitation of WBL with work-based clinical facilitators providing clinical guidance. Students are able to work at their own pace and in a setting distinct from the College.
Formal training and education for doctors, clinical scientists and biomedical scientists specialising in transfusion medicine have been available for some years.
However, nurses and transfusion practitioners have had limited access to formal programmes of education in blood transfusion. This is regarded as critical to promoting safe and effective transfusion practices.
The programme of study encompasses, in part, the content of the original framework for the BBTS Specialist Certificate in Blood Transfusion Science Practice (2008). The framework was compiled by representatives from the BBTS Professional Affairs and Education nursing sub-committee, the UK Blood Services and NHS hospital transfusion team representatives.