JPAC Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee

Welcome to the North East RTC

We aim to make your local RTC web pages the first place you look online for transfusion related information.

Follow the links above the map to find details of audits, forthcoming events, regional contacts, presentations from past training days and other educational resources, local policies, business papers and information about working groups.

If you have material you would like published here please contact Janice Robertson the North East RTC website representatives.


The NHS Blood and Transplant Patient Blood Management team, in collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Committee, have launched a Blood Component App which is based on relevant national transfusion guidelines for Adults, Infants & Children and Neonates. The App is currently available to download on Apple and Android phones, the download for Windows phone is coming soon. 

Cowan K (2017) Strategies to reduce inappropriate use of platelet transfusions. Nursing Times [online]; 113: 2, 18-21.

This excellent article is a useful summary of the indications for, and correct administration of, platelet transfusions. Written by Katy Cowan, a Patient Blood Management practitioner in Devon, it highlights the importance of appropriate use of this component, and considers some of the ways in which inappropriate use and wastage can be reduced, including ’10 top tips’ to achieve these aims. The article also gives a helpful introduction to the UK haemovigilance system, SHOT. It will only take around 10 minutes to read, and is well worth it. 

Online Resource  An excellent learning package is available at:

This is free to NHS staff after registration, and includes modules on issues like Consent as well as the practical aspects of taking samples and administering products.

North East RTC meeting dates

14th June 2017 13:30 - 16:00

1st November 2017 13:30 - 16:00

7th March 2018 13:30 - 16:00

Lecture Theatre, NHSBT, Newcastle

Buffet lunch from 13:00

AAGBI guidelines: the use of blood components and their alternatives 2016 

In July 2016 the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) published guidelines on the use of blood components and their alternatives.  These wide-ranging guidelines cover: principles of Patient Blood Management (PBM), recommendations on transfusion triggers, use of major haemorrhage protocols, advice on transfusion in special situations such as paediatrics and obstetrics, and reversal of novel anti-coagulants.  They can be accessed online at:

Accessing data from the National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusion website

During a discussion at the last North East RTC meeting, it became clear that some members were struggling to access their sites results for NCA audits.  This simple guide should help:

1.      Access the following website in your browser bar:
2.      Log in by Trust from the dropdown menu OR by Hospital site (scroll down the page).
3.      Enter the 4 digit access code available from your HTT/HTG or via David Dalton whose contact details are on the same page of the website.
4.      Trust and Hospital logins direct you to different pages, the data you require will be on the page matching your registration details when you signed up to the audit, if in doubt look at both (the access code is the same).
5.      You can now browse your sites current and historical data, there are mini slide shows to look at and use too.