Transfusion Practitioner Subgroup of the Clinical Transfusion Working Party


To promote best practice, safe transfusion and blood conservation for patients through international collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and resources.

The term Transfusion Practitioner (abbreviated to TP) is an umbrella term that originated in the UK and is used internationally to describe the many and varied activities undertaken by an array of health care professionals in the areas of transfusion and patient blood management (PBM). Common terms that are used by countries to describe this role are Transfusion nurse, Transfusion safety/quality officer, Haemovigilance officer/nurse, Transfusion clinical nurse consultant and PBM coordinator/practitioner, just to name a few.

TPs come from different healthcare backgrounds, commonly nursing, scientific, and in some countries medical, which adds to the diverse skillsets seen in the role. As the backgrounds of the TPs are varied, so too are the activities they may undertake. The activities will be driven by a combination of the TPs skills and the requirements/strategic direction of the organization in which they work.


The Transfusion practitioner (TP) subgroup of the Clinical Transfusion working party of ISBT is an international group of professionals with an interest and working with or as Transfusion practitioners to promote best practice in blood management and transfusion safety. Our objectives are to develop educational tools and resources, create a network that promotes the sharing knowledge, research and ideas, as well as act as a forum for discussion.

TP subgroup role is to:

  • Promote the role and value of TPs within the international transfusion community
  • Provide a platform for international TP collaboration
  • Support countries who do not have TPs to establish networks
  • Empower TPs with resources and information to support them in their workplace
  • Provide TPs tools and evidence to implement safe and appropriate transfusion practice including patient blood management strategies
  • Support the ISBT Congress Annual Meetings with planning TP sessions based on current international demand and need.


We aim to meet at the biannual ISBT congress and hold regular teleconferences (~10 times per year).

Joining the WP

To join the TP Subgroup of the Clinical Transfusion working party, you must be a member of ISBT and the Clinical Transfusion Working Party. Working party members who are working as TPs can apply to join the subgroup. We are keen to have members from a diverse range of countries and specialties.

Interested in joining the TP Subgroup of the Clinical Transfusion working party? Please email our Chairperson here



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TP meeting in Toronto

Networking afternoon session in Basel 2019 congress

  1. Australia – a collection of audit tools Blood Matters health.vic
  2. Australia - free easy-to-use online audits Australian Red Cross Lifeblood
  3. UK – audit reportsThe National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusion (NCABT) NHS Blood and Transplant
  1. Introduction interview "Role of the Transfusion Practitioners" with Linley Bielby and Aman Dhesi available on ISBT Education
  2. Award winning transfusion practice and patient blood management education online. Free to access, requires registration - BloodSafe eLearning Australia on
  3. A series of handbooks - Blood Easy Coagulation simplified and Blood Easy 4 and flipchart written by the Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network (Canada) published on
  4. WHO Clinical Use of Blood published by the World Health Organization (WHO) available on
  1. Transfusion Resource handbook Blood Matters (Australia)
  2. Guidance for New and Developing Transfusion Practitioners A drop of knowledge (UK) NHS Blood and Transplant
  3. Guidance for Developing and Experienced Transfusion PractitionersA Wealth of Knowledge (UK) NHS Blood and Transplant
  4. Transfusion Safety Officer (TSO) Resource Manual Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network (Canada) ORBCON
  1. The role of the Transfusion Practitioner in the management of anaemia L Bielby, R Moss, A Mo, Z McQuilten, E WoodISBT Science Series, Early View First published: 06 September 2019
  2. Transfusion education for nurses and transfusion practitioners in Australia.L. Bielby, D. Peterson, T. Spigiel ISBT Science Series
  3. Patient blood management and the importance of the Transfusion Practitioner role to embed this into practice.L Bielby, R MossTransfusion Medicine
  4. The role of the transfusion practitioner in the multidisciplinary team.L. Bielby, A. Haberfield, G. Kelsey, S.KayISBT Science Series
  5. Disaster planning: the role of the transfusion practitioner.Rozemarijn Deelen, Els Costermans , Rachel Moss, Christine AkersISBT Science Series
  1. UK haemovigilance schemeUK Serious Hazards Of
  2. Netherlands TRIP National office for hemovigilance and
  3. International Haemovigilance Network - IHN brings together individuals and organisations from around the world with an interest in haemovigilance, for the purposes of education and
  4. Victoria (Australia) STIR Serious Transfusion Incident Reporting system Victoria (Australia)
  1. The exciting new beginning of the Transfusion Practitioner Forum Linley Bielby, Rachel Moss, Rozemarijn Deelen, Transfusion Today TT109
  2. The role of the Transfusion Practitioner in haemovigilance Clare O’ Reilly, Rozemarijn DeelenTransfusion Today TT113
  3. Making transfusion education happen for nursing staffRachel MossTransfusion Today TT120

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