Following a very productive meeting of the All Wales Blood Service Programme Board

….on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 it was agreed that the current NHSBT staff delivering the North Wales service will transfer across to the Welsh Blood Service under the TUPE Regulations.

This agreement follows considerable work by both NHSBT and WBS in modelling the new service and recognises the skilled workforce that NHSBT currently employs in North Wales. Velindre NHS Trust and its WBS division are delighted to welcome such a dedicated and experienced workforce and hope that the formal agreement on TUPE provides assurance to NHSBT staff at a time of change.

We were also pleased to advise the Board that considerable work had been undertaken progressing stakeholder approval of the All Wales Blood Service programme. Betsi Cadwaladwr University Health Board (BCUHB) approved the service proposal at their board meeting on 14 January 2015 and the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC), as commissioner of the new All Wales Blood Service, will now discuss the service proposal seeking to gain approval by their members in forthcoming weeks. The Welsh Government has also requested a Business Justification Case be submitted to enable the release of capital monies for the vehicles, equipment and estate elements of the programme which is currently being developed. The Business Case is required by the end of February 2015 and will be scrutinised by Welsh Government during March 2015.

A vitally important part of the programme is the acquisition of a suitable Stock Holding Unit in North Wales. A preferred site has now been identified and, at the meeting, the Programme Board endorsed the action to commence discussions with Velindre NHS Trust regarding the legal acquisition of the proposed site. This will support work commencing on the planning permission process for the Stock Holding Unit. Work on developing the design for the preferred site is continuing with a dedicated architect and other estates professionals.

We will continue to provide further updates on the All Wales Blood Service as the programme progresses. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact Gavin Bryce, Principal Programme Manager on gavin.bryce@wales.nhs.uk.