Who we are
We are a special health authority
Dedicated to saving lives
We provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This includes managing the donation, storage and transplantation of blood and blood components, organs, tissues, bone marrow and stem cells, and researching new treatments and processes.
Meet some of the individuals behind our huge variety of roles.
Diversity & inclusion
We are working hard to ensure that we better reflect the communities we serve.
Explore our strategy
Take a look at our targets and plans.
See our values
Find out about the principles that drive us forward.
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History of NHSBT
A background to the blood service and organ donation and transplantation.
Our mission is to save and enhance the lives of others
As an essential part of the NHS we take pride in playing our part to make the most of absolutely every donation - from blood and organs to tissues and stem cells.
With the support of our amazing donors, we give a lifeline to thousands of people every year.
But there is always more to do. Which is why we continually strive to improve the safety, availability, quality and efficiency of our services.
Our responsibilities are to:
- Encourage people to donate organs, blood and blood components, stem cells and tissues
- Optimise the safety and supply of blood and blood components, organs, stem cells and tissues and match them to patients
- Help to raise the quality, effectiveness and clinical outcomes of blood and transplant services
- Provide expert advice to other NHS organisations, and the four UK health departments
- Commission and conduct research and development to improve outcomes for patients
- Implement relevant EU statutory frameworks and guidance