Blood Transfusion - elearning for healthcare
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  • NHS Blood and Transplant

About the Blood Transfusion programme

Blood transfusion, if used safely and appropriately, will improve the quality of life or be a life saving treatment for many patients

Learnbloodtransfusion is a suite of elearning courses that have been developed by the UK Blood Services and are reviewed regularly by a UK-wide editorial board. It has been developed to ensure that all healthcare workers can participate safely in the transfusion process, in line with the Health Service Circular, Better Blood Transfusion – Safe and Appropriate Use of Blood (2007).

The interactive elearning materials offer healthcare workers the opportunity to practise skills relevant to:

  • Prescribing
  • Requesting
  • Sampling
  • Collection
  • Administering a transfusion
  • Managing an adverse event
  • Sample testing
  • Blood conservation
  • The consent process
  • Laboratory practice

Each elearning session includes a self-assessment exercise and the option to download and print off a certificate of successful completion if a score of 80% or more is achieved.

Learnbloodtransfusion is supported by:

  • UK Blood Services
  • The Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) scheme
  • The National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC), England and the respective committees in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Republic of Ireland


More information

The UK Blood Services are committed to helping healthcare workers understand how to support the safe and appropriate use of blood and want to bring this elearning resource to a wider audience.

The way you access the materials will depend on your role and how the elearning is provided to your organisation.

Essential guide

You can find out more about Learnbloodtransfusion, including how to access the materials, with our Essential Guide.

Essential guide >

Project structure

Learnbloodtransfusion offers eleven courses and two pathways. You can find out more by selecting a course/pathway below.

  • Safe Transfusion Practice

    (7 sessions)
  • Blood Components and Indications for Use

    (8 sessions)
  • Good Manufacturing Practice for Transfusion Laboratory Staff

    (9 sessions)
  • Safe Transfusion Practice - Paediatrics

    (7 sessions)
  • Anti-D Clinical

    (6 sessions)
  • Anti-D Laboratory

    (5 sessions)
  • Learn Cell Salvage

    (4 sessions)
  • Transfusion Laboratory : safe practice

    (6 sessions)
  • Safe Blood Sampling for Transfusion

    (1 session - no assessment)
  • Consent

    (5 sessions)
  • Acute Transfusion Reactions

    (6 sessions)
  • Phlebotomist pathway

    (4 sessions)
  • Blood Collection pathway

    (3 sessions)

Sample session

Below is a session on Blood Group Serology from Safe Transfusion Practice. It gives you a taste of the way multimedia is used in the learning materials and shows you how to use the knowledge assessment feature.

Please note that if you access the content below, your progress and completion will not be recorded and you will not be able to generate a record of completion.

  • Blood Group Serology

    This Blood Group Serology session will provide you with an introduction to the essential facts of ABO and Rh blood group serology.

Project executive board

  • Julia Moore OBE

    National Director, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Alan Ryan

    National Programme Director, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Catherine Howell

    Catherine Howell

    Project Sponsor, Chief Nurse Patient Services NHS Blood and Transplant

Project team

  • Anne Davidson

    Anne Davidson

    Project Lead, NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Sandra Gray

    Sandra Gray

    Project Lead, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
  • Joan Jones

    Joan Jones

    Project Lead, Welsh Blood Service
  • Profile picture of content editor Victoria Winlow

    Victoria Winlow

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Suzy Bell

    Implementation Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Blood Transfusion programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Blood Transfusion programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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Do you work in an NHS trust?

Learnbloodtransfusion is also available via the following learning management systems:

If you work for the NHS and need help with access, please contact your trust for information regarding access to your local learning management system. You can also contact the NHSBT Customer Service Team at or telephone 01865 381010.

Do you work in an independent healthcare organisation?

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For more information please contact the NHSBT Customer Service Team at or telephone 01865 381010.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Blood Transfusion programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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