WBS & NHS Blood & Transplant

What was announced on 13th June 2012?

The Welsh Government announced its intention to move towards an all- Wales Blood Service. In July 2015, the Minister for Health and Social Services announced that the new service, which will be known as the Welsh Blood Service, will go live in May 2016.

Why is this change being made?

The decision of the Welsh Government is part of a move to consolidate health services in Wales. The Minister felt that creating a national blood service would align more closely to the Welsh Government’s vision for health services in Wales. The creation of an AWBS would help us plan better, build further resilience to ensure the long term security of collection, processing, testing and supply of blood in Wales is maintained.

Why is this change being made?

The decision of the Welsh Government is part of a move to consolidate health services in Wales. The Minister felt that creating a national blood service would align more closely to the Welsh Government’s vision for health services in Wales. The creation of an AWBS would help us plan better, build further resilience to ensure the long term security of collection, processing, testing and supply of blood in Wales is maintained.

Where are we?

The all-Wales Blood Service Programme Vision, Blueprint and Governance Plans have been approved by the Velindre NHS Trust Board, BCUHB Board, WHSSC and Welsh Government.

The Welsh Blood Service is working closely with colleagues from NHS Blood and transplant and Welsh Government as one project team to develop the detailed planning and timetable through to 2016.

Service as normal for the Welsh Blood Service and NHS Blood and Transplant.

A dedicated all-Wales Blood Service page hosted on the Welsh Blood Service internet provides regular updates.

A vision document has been produced and shared on the Welsh Blood Service website to give people a better understanding of the all-Wales Blood Service and what it means.

Quick overview of how we plan to operate in North Wales in 2016

Processing – In the future, blood collected in North Wales will be delivered to a new stock holding unit in Wrexham and an onward journey to Talbot Green for processing. Processed blood will be sent to Stock Holding Unit in Wrexham for distribution to three customer hospitals in North Wales.
Collections – Two existing teams will continue to collect blood across North Wales. The plan is to base these teams in Wrexham and Bangor by May 2016.

Will the WBS name and/or branding change when we become an all-Wales blood service?

No changes will be made to our name or branding – the all-Wales Blood Service will be known as the “Welsh Blood Service”.

Who is overseeing the AWBS Programme?

Gavin Bryce is the Principle Programme Manager responsible for the delivery of the All Wales Blood Service programme by 2016.

Cath O’Brien is the Programme Director and Steve Ham is the Senior Responsible Owner – they are accountable for delivery of the all-Wales Blood Service programme.

Eight workstreams are overseen by a programme board and activities are split as follows:

Service Mobilisation (Laboratories) – Chair: Graham Rowe

Responsible for planning and co-ordinating all necessary activities relating to safe processing and provision of blood components and products to hospitals in Wales.


Service Mobilisation (Collections)
 Chair: Ian Reynolds
Responsible for both the planning and delivering of donor clinics and the logistics of the service, including purchase of vehicles.

Estates Mobilisation – Chair: Mike Ellery

To deliver the Stock Holding Unit in North East Wales, including other associated equipment required for the safe storage of blood and blood products.

Workforce and Organisational Change – Chair: Sarah Morley

Responsible for ensuring the legal transfer of staff from NHSBT to the WBS, the creation and recruitment of new roles for the Stock Holding unit, staff training, support and policy integration.

Finance – Chair: Mark Osland

Cost the varying service delivery models and to provide financial support and probity to the programme.

Information Management & Technology – Chair: Stuart Morris

Ensuring the right technology is available for staff to use in North Wales and that this integrates fully with our existing systems. Secure and seamless transfer of donor information between services.

Communications & Stakeholder Engagement – Chair: James Hodgson & Pam Pye

Responsible for ensuring we are communicating with all our stakeholders.

Quality & Regulation – Chair: Joan Jones

Responsible for ensuring that all quality and regulatory requirements are met both during and post transition.