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The United Kingdom Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative (UKTLC) was formed in 2006 in response to 30-40% of the wrong blood events reported to SHOT originating in the hospital transfusion laboratory. The Collaborative involves all major transfusion organisations within the UK including the Institute of Biomedical Scientists, Royal College of Pathologists, British Blood Transfusion Society and UKNEQAS (the national quality assessment scheme for transfusion).

This is your invitation to participate in SHOT, MHRA and UKTLC Hospital and Blood Service Laboratory Safety Culture Survey 2023!

SHOT, MHRA and UK Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative are undertaking a project to measure and understand the safety culture in laboratories in hospitals and Blood Services in the UK. Click here for an information sheet which provides more detailed information about the survey. The survey report with conclusions and an action will be cascaded widely. The survey will be used to identify areas for improvement as well as areas where things are going well.

You can help by completing a short survey (15 – 20 minutes) asking about your perceptions and experiences at work, such as teamwork, communication and reporting of safety incidents. While this is mainly aimed at laboratory staff, all staff are welcome to participate – both clinical and non-clinical staff. This is an opportunity to have your say and influence actions to enhance transfusion safety in the UK.

The survey has been sent via email to all SHOT reporters and various transfusion organisations for distribution. It is voluntary, confidential and responses will not be used to identify you.

If you have not received a copy of this survey and wish to participate please email [email protected] to request a copy.

The survey is open until 22nd November 2023

Thank you for your participation in this important initiative. We would like to get input from as many transfusion laboratory staff as possible to get an accurate picture of safety culture.

Current UKTLC Standards and related resources

The UKTLC standards have been revised for 2023, replacing the previous version (Chaffe et al., 2014) and a full report will be published in Transfusion Medicine. An abridged version of the standards is provided here for laboratories to begin the compliance and gap analysis process. To support this process a gap analysis template is also provided, along with other resources that can be used to aid compliance.

UKTLC Standards 2023 – abbreviated version

UKTLC Standards 2023 Gap Analysis Tool

Capacity Planning Guidance May 2021

Example Capacity Plan

Mapping a band 5 or 6 against IBMS specialist learning outcome

Mapping a band 7 against IBMS HSD learning outcomes


Previous UKTLC Standards

Based on the UKTLC surveys of 2007 and 2008, the ‘Recommended minimum standards for hospital laboratories’ were published in 2009

Recommended minimum standards for hospital transfusion laboratories (2009)


The UKTLC revisited its 2009 recommendations and developed them further into minimum standards for education, training, competency and the use of information technology for the hospital transfusion laboratory (UKTLC standards 2014)

UKTLC Standards 2014


UKTLC Survey 2022 – Key Findings

UKTLC Survey 2019 – Key Findings

UKTLC Survey 2017 – Key Findings

UKTLC Survey 2015 – Key Findings

UKTLC Culture Survey Summary 2019

UKTLC Culture Survey Report 2019

UKTLC Webinars

Click here to view previous UKTLC webinars:

Optimising Learning from Incidents – Joint SHOT, MHRA and UKTLC Webinar June 2023

This webinar was live on 09 June 2023. Members of the SHOT team along with Chris Robbie from MHRA and UKTLC colleagues covered some key aspects of incident investigations, regulatory framework, the use of human factors and ergonomics, and the importance of effective interventions. The presentation also covered a holistic approach to safety and the importance of learning from all events (excellence, day to day events) not just from when things go wrong. Relevant resources, both from SHOT and external sources, were also signposted.

UKTLC standards and survey update webinar May 2023

This webinar was live on 12 May 2023. Members of the SHOT team and UKTLC provide an overview of UKTLC, key highlights from the UKTLC survey results, latest standards, and resources. Additionally there is input from the MHRA perspective including the importance of UKTLC standards for inspections. The presentation also includes where to find additional transfusion related resources.

Click here to view the PBM The Biomedical Scientist Empowerment, Education and Discussion Group (BMSEDG) May 2023 video covering the new UKTLC standards and the latest survey outputs. This video is aimed at those working in Transfusion, brought to you by the Patient Blood Management Team at NHS Blood and Transplant.