Clinical and research

Innovation focused on improving patient outcomes

Our teams push boundaries and expand medical knowledge:

Clinical expertise - our medical, nursing and scientific teams advise on the care of donors and patients, and set national policies and guidelines for clinical care

World-class research and development programme - guides international transfusion and transplantation practice to benefit healthcare in the UK and beyond

Focussed approach - dedicated to improving patient outcomes, donor health, transfusion, transplantation and regenerative medicine

Research and development

Working in partnership with leading universities, our innovative Research and Development (R&D) programme is improving safety and treatments for patients and donors, including the support of national research dedicated to understanding and treating COVID-19.

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Clinical Trials Unit

Our UKCRC-registered Clinical Trials Unit supports studies across all our products and services, including research in response to COVID-19. The Unit works with leading researchers to design, conduct, analyse, and publish clinical trials and other prospective studies.

More about our clinical trials unit

Organ donation and transplantation resources

Get the latest organ-specific statistics, reports, guidance materials including guidance specific to COVID-19, procedural documents, strategic initiatives, meeting presentations and agendas from advisory and patient support groups.

Go to ODT Clinical website

Component Development Laboratory

We are part of NHS Blood and Transplant’s internationally recognised Research and Development programme. We specialise in translational research that changes the way blood is processed, stored or tested.

Go to the CDL website

Microbiology Services

About our work assessing the risks and improving the prevention of transfusion transmissible diseases.

More about Microbiology Services

Epidemiology Unit

Working across NHSBT and Public health England, the unit monitors infections in blood, tissue and organ donors, and in transfusion recipients. The unit collates and analyses data from the four UK blood services to produce surveillance reports and inform/evaluate policy changes relating to infection risk.

Go to the Epidemiology Unit

Operational support

Operational support is provided by our governance and clinical effectiveness, and statistical teams.

These support the development of organ allocation schemes, data analysis and statistics, and ensure compliance with:

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