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RCPath Advances in Transfusion Symposium – 26th November 2020

Please see the flyer below for the RCPath Advances in Transfusion Symposium as a one-day virtual meeting on 26th Nov 2020 bringing together experts from various clinical disciplines and transfusion science to update on key developments and includes a presentation from SHOT.

The programme also includes a BBTS session and presents an excellent opportunity for young professionals and investigators to submit abstracts for presentation (deadline 20th September). Those selected to present their abstract will receive a free place at the meeting.

The meeting will be of interest to a wide range of staff who have role in transfusion practice.

RCPath Advances Transfusion Med 26th Nov 20 – Flyer

2019 Annual SHOT Report via Zoom webinar!

The Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) team are excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Annual SHOT Report via Zoom webinar!

The webinar is free to access and will take place on 7th July at 2pm (BST) (lasting approximately 1 hour)

For further details, please view the poster below:

Zoom Webinar – 7th July 2020

SHOT Operations Manager – Vacancy!

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the SHOT Team as the Operations Manager.

Working with the Medical Director, as Operations Manager you will oversee SHOT’s dedicated team who collect and analyse information on adverse incidents that impact on patient safety in relation to treatment with blood components, and provide advice on how these problems can be avoided in the future. You will work with both hospitals and the Blood Services, demonstrating strategic leadership as you plan major long-term haemovigilance initiatives that will ultimately affect practices in the UK and further afield in the EU.

As an NMC Registered Nurse or HCPC registered Healthcare Scientist, you’ll have significant experience in an acute hospital setting involving transfusion practice.

Taking responsibility for directing a team of 6 staff, you will see to it that SHOT reports and data achieve their full potential, with recommendations being developed into actions that will ultimately benefit patients and hospital-based teams. As your strategies will be used to deliver training and support for medical staff, this is a far-reaching role in which you will be tasked with everything from ensuring our systems are integrated and highly efficient, to promoting the work of SHOT on an international scale.

For further information please see information on NHS Jobs (NMC Registered Nurses (918-NM5635):… or HCPC registered Healthcare Scientists (918-HM5635):…)

or contact Shruthi Narayan, SHOT Medical Director, at

SHOT statement regarding COVID-19

Due to the challenges presented by the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Annual SHOT Symposium has been cancelled and will be deferred to 2021.

We have taken this difficult decision due to the unprecedented demands on the health service and we do not feel it is appropriate for us to run this annual event and divert the attention of transfusion professionals away from providing frontline healthcare support. Safety of our team, speakers and attendees is also paramount and this decision reflects the most prudent approach. All delegates who have registered and paid will be fully refunded.

The 2019 Annual SHOT Report will still be published and available on the SHOT website from 7th July 2020. We further aim to have a SHOT App available later in the year to aid accessibility of information, continue learning and improve transfusion safety. We will be in touch with further information regarding this app in the near future.

The MHRA provided guidance regarding the reporting of Serious Adverse Events and Serious Adverse Reactions during these challenging times, which is fully supported by the SHOT team. It is vital that learning is still gained from any errors reported to prevent further unnecessary harm occurring.

The SHOT team remain here to help with any queries and provide support to our transfusion community. We would like to recognise and thank all of our colleagues for their commitment during these difficult circumstances.

SHOT member shortlisted for IBMS award

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that SHOT’s Human Factors expert, Dr Alison Watt, has been shortlisted for the award of Biomedical Scientist of the Year, part of the Advancing Healthcare Awards (AHA).

This nomination comes following Alison’s groundbreaking doctoral research into the area of human factors in transfusion.

Best of luck to Alison, and all the other nominees! 

SHOT Bite No 11: Respiratory symptoms during transfusion

SHOT Bites_pulmonary complications final 20.01.2020

UK Transfusion Laboratories Culture Survey Report 2019

The report from the 2019 survey of culture prevalent in transfusion laboratories across UK undertaken as a joint venture by Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), UK Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative (UKTLC), Serious Hazards of transfusion (SHOT), Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) and the Transfusion Laboratory Managers Working Group of the National Blood Transfusion Committee (TLM) has been released and can be accessed below.

Transfusion Laboratories Culture Survey Report

UKTLC Survey 2019

A biennial survey is sent out to all transfusion laboratories in the UK who report to the Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) haemovigilance scheme and is intended to represent a ‘snapshot’ of working conditions within the laboratory on a single day.

UKTLC Survey 2019

NEW! SHOT Educational Videos

SHOT have recently produced some educational videos, which are now available to view here

There are 4 videos available so far:

Transfusion Laboratory Errors
Pulmonary Complications of Transfusion
Pre-transfusion blood sampling (produced by PBM in conjunction with SHOT)
The pre-administration blood component transfusion bedside check (produced by PBM in conjunction with SHOT)

Watch this space for more to come in the future…..

2018 Annual SHOT Report published!

The 2018 Annual SHOT Report was launched on 9th July 2019 at the SHOT Symposium, at the Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, Harpenden.

The full report and summary are available to download from the SHOT Annual Reports and Summaries page.

Links to individual pdf chapters and additional information can be found by clicking the ‘Supplementary info.‘ link underneath the main report icon on the above page.