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Solving Cases, Saving Lives


Explore RCI and gain unique expertise that can change lives and build a brilliant career.

What does the RCI department do, exactly? Red Cell Immunohaematology (RCI) matches patients who need blood transfusions with safe and compatible blood. We also provide expert diagnostic services for conditions affecting foetuses, children and adults in cases of complex transfusion, organ and stem cell transplants.

We operate a 24/7 service across seven sites, supporting NHS Trusts across England and meeting the needs of over 300 hospitals. Our department covers a diverse range of work, including serology and molecular techniques alongside clinical advice. Our Reagents department in Liverpool manufactures a wide range of products for the NHS and beyond. With us, you can have a huge impact on patient outcomes and save lives through the application of science.

Ben Bowden, RCI prepping patient samples for a genotyping investigation
Zarqa Ali, RCI reading tube testing results over a lightbox

Our roles are also wide-ranging, from biomedical scientists and technical officers, to administrative and management roles. As our work is highly specialised, we frequently promote staff internally, giving you opportunities to progress into senior posts when they become available. We are a lot less automated than you might think, as the majority of our processes are manual. In many of our technical roles you’ll be able to manage your own workload, while getting the right support when you need it.

Careers in RCI are hugely rewarding both in terms of patient outcomes and personal development. We offer a career pathway all the way up to consultant clinical scientist, we offer high quality laboratory-based learning, and we’ll encourage you to join advisory groups, write case studies, publish your work and gain additional qualifications. Beyond this, you can develop leadership skills, which could open doors to other areas within NHSBT. Whatever you want to achieve, do it with us.