It has been another busy couple of months establishing the All Wales blood service.

During October many of the programme activities have concentrated on facilitating Velindre’s internal approval of the AWBS Programme Vision, Blueprint and Governance Plans.

Great news, as these were endorsed by both the Planning and Performance and Quality and Safety Committee before receiving Trust Board final approval on the 15th of October 2014. The next step is further discussions to secure approval and external signoff of the blueprint and governance plan with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee and Welsh Government.

During September the All Wales Blood Service Programme held a successful ‘Meet the Teams’ day held at Venue Cymru. The event was very well attended and the WBS programme team were able to share with NHSBT staff in North Wales the progress that had been made since the last meeting. It was also an opportunity to take on board feedback and to answer any questions the staff themselves had. Interviews for the post of Portfolio Project Manager have been completed and a successful candidate has accepted a conditional offer subject to satisfactory references and Occupational Heath Clearance. We look forward to welcoming Sarah to the Service in mid December.

Property Assets and Estates – Work continues with regards to securing the preferred stock holding unit in North East Wales. In the future, blood collected in North Wales will be delivered to the new stock holding unit and an onward journey to Talbot Green for processing. Processed blood will be sent to the stock holding unit for distribution to three customer hospitals in North Wales. Further meetings with the Landlord and Landlords agents have gone ahead and discussions have continued with the local planners. An initial design team meeting has been held to facilitate the planning application process and support the tendering exercise for the refurbishment of the building by delivering detailed plans and specifications for contractors to bid against.

Finance – The Finance work stream have completed the costings relating to the service provision contained within the Programme Blueprint. The current financial costs have now been locked down and will be managed via change control.

Workforce and Organisation Change – Mapping work continues ahead of TUPE to identify any gaps in the workforce, or associated risks. A draft proposal has recently been received from NHSBT regarding NHSBT staff identified by them as having rights under TUPE. This has been considered by the WBS and it is hoped a joint paper can be completed by December and forwarded to the next programme board after this to gain endorsement Sarah Morley as Chair of the Workforce and Organisational Change Workstream has met with her counterpart David Evans (NHSBT) and the work stream plan has recently been updated / revised.