BBTS Conference

BBTS 2023: Clinical and Scientific Programme

Scroll down for programme to date, this will be updated regularly leading up to the event.

DAY 1: Tuesday 10th October


9:15 - 9:30Conference Opening from BBTS President
Dr Geoff Poole

Simultaneous Sessions
9.30 - 11.00

9:30 - 11:00Red Cell Special Interest Group: Red blood cell antigens

Speakers and topics:

Balanding Manneh - Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, University of Cambridge
Duffy negativity reshapes the erythrocyte surface and reduces invasion by Plasmodium falciparum parasites

Nicole Thornton - International Blood Group Reference Laboratory, NHSBT
The need for rare blood programs is real 

Martin L Olsson - Division of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Lund University
CD36 constitutes a new blood group system

Session 1 of 3
Blood bank technology SIG:

Speakers and topics:   

Susan Puttock - Transfusion Practitioner, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Reducing the delay in administration of PCC

Chloe George - Principal Clinical Scientist in Transfusion Medicine, Welsh Blood Service
cffDNA Implementation - The Welsh Perspective

Dr Jennifer Davies - Transfusion Laboratory Manager, Royal Devon University
Uptake of electronic blood management systems

Julie Staves - Transfusion Laboratory Manager, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust How to Pick the Best LIMS for Transfusion 

Components SIG: Around the Components in 90 minutes

Speakers and topics:

Dr Tom Scorer
Platelets: is the answer in the fridge?

Peter Smethurst - Research Coordinator, Component Development Laboratory
Towards novel functional measures of stored red cells

Lucy Bower - Component Development Lead Specialist, NHSBT
Component Development Lead Specialist, NHSBT: Curious case of the missing FXI in plasma

11:00 - 11:30
Break & Trade Exhibition 

Simultaneous Sessions
11.30 - 13.00

11:30 - 13:00
Red Cell Special Interest Group: Defects of Erythropoiesis

Speakers and topics:

Dr Farrukh Shah - Colindale Blood Centre, NHSBT
Erythropoiesis in lower-risk myelodysplastic syndromes and beta-thalassemia

Sara El Hoss - King's College London
Ineffective Erythropoiesis in sickle cell disease

Jan Frayne - School of Biochemistry, University of Bristol

Novel human cellular model of CDA IV enables comprehensive analysis revealing molecular basis of disease phenotype

2 of 3

Paediatric SIG:

Speakers and topics:

Dr Nadia Ladak - Consultant Anaesthetist, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, and Dr Ben Clevenger - Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
2022 National comparative audit on pre-operative anaemia management in children

Kelly Cripps - Biomedical Scientist , Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
Prevalence of adsorbed A antigen onto donor-derived group O red cells in children following stem cell transplantation

Dr Jessica Sandham - Consultant Haematologist, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
Managing congenital & acquired bleeding in children

Microbiology SIG This session runs from 11:30 - 1:30

Speakers and topics:

Prof. Richard Knight - Emeritus Professor of Clinical Neurology, Centre for Clinical Brain Studies, University of Edinburgh
vCJD and blood transfusion

Dr Su Brailsford - Consultant in Epidemiology and Health Protection/Interim Clinical Director, NHS Blood and Transplant
Where did that come from? The English experience of bacterial screening

Dr Alan Kitchen - Consultant in Blood Safety
Screening donors/donations for malaria - risk reduction and increase in component availability

Alvin Fabiana - Senior Nurse Practitioner, NHS Blood and Transplant

Occult HBV and donor follow-up in England

Dr Nicole Priddee - Consultant Haematologist, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
Improving Transfusion Safety-One year of anti-HBc screening in Scotland
13:00 - 14:00

Lunch/Lunchtime Symposium
Sponsored by Immucor 

Speakers and topics: TBC

Simultaneous Sessions
14.00 - 15.30

14:00 - 15:30Red Cell Special Interest Group: Red cells in drug delivery or diagnostics

Speakers and topics:

Marcelo Guerin - Structural Glycobiology Laboratory, Institute of Molecular Biology of Barcelona
Turning universal O into rare Bombay type blood

Pavel Swietach - Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

Impaired O2 unloading from stored blood results in diffusion-limited O2 release at tissues: evidence from human kidneys

Kay Ridgwell - International Blood Group Reference Laboratory, NHSBT Soluble recombinant CD47: facilitating serological investigation and improving patient care

Session 3 of 3
HOT SIG: Patient Blood Management:  Obstetric Haemorrhage

Speakers and topics:

Obstretic Haemorrhage

Falguni Choksey - Consultant Anaesthetist, UHCW NHS Trust
Cell Salvage in Obstetrics 

Dr Craig Carroll - Consultant Anaesthetist, Salford Royal Hospital

Sue Pavord - Consultant Haematologist, Oxofrd University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Should Obstetrics have their own MHP?

Cellular Therapies SIG:

Speakers and topics:

Dr Jordan Burgess - Haematology Specialty Registrat, SNBTS Glasgow

'O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!' Collateral related donor haplo transplant - an initial single-centre experience."

Dr Julia Wolf - Haematology Registrar, NHSBT
Target PBSC cell dose for myeloma autograft - are we still looking for enough for 2 transplants, and how does CAR T cell therapy impact on this

Speaker TBC
Vertex Pharmaceuticals "Vertex gene therapy for haemoglobinopathies - how best to address PBSC collection for starting material"

Dr James Griffin - Consultant Haematologist, NHSBT
Chemotherapy-based PBSC mobilisation versus G-CSF-only mobilisation in myeloma - where are we in 2023?

15:30 - 16:00Break & Trade Exhibition

16:00 - 17:30Plenary I:

Speakers and Topics:

Dr Farrukh Shah, Medical Director for Transfusion - NHSBT

Dr Alex Wickham, Consultant Anaesthetist - Imperial College Healthcare NHS

Uchechi Izuka, Assistant Director Business Development and Strategy - Clinical Services Transfusion NHS Blood and Transplant

Blood shortages

17:30 - 20:00Exhibition Opening Evening & Buffet Supper

DAY 2: Wednesday 11th October


08:00 - 08:45
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Drop-In
Dr Nelson Osaro, BBTS EDI Committee Chair and Ian Sullivan, Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust

Simultaneous Sessions
09.00 - 10.30

09:00 - 10:30Margaret Kenwright awards 

Speakers and topics:

Alice Hathaway,
University of Bristol:

The association of ABO and Rhesus blood group with severe outcomes from non-SARS-CoV-2 respiratory infection: a prospective observational cohort study in Bristol, UK 2020-22

Ruth Wilkie,
United Kingdom Health Security Agency:
Impact of FAIR blood donor selection policy during mpox outbreak in England, 2022

Chloe Davison,
NHS Blood And Transplant:

Process and progress: a five-year focus on viral transfusion-transmitted infection investigations in the UK

Dr Shannah Gates,
NHS Blood And Transplant:

Emerging infections and blood safety

Mark Dwight,
NHS Blood And Transplant:

What Good Looks Like – Management of the Risk of D Sensitisation of a D Negative Patient Receiving a D Positive Liver Transplant

Serological Case Studies

Speakers and topics:
Interesting Laboratory Case Studies

Nicole Thornton - Head of IBGRL
The meaning of discovery – how solving old mysteries led to resolution of a new case

Emma Chambers - HSST - Southmead Hospital (North Bristol Trust)
A Surprising Case of Nothing

Yasin Fozdar - Senior BMS - Leicester Royal Infirmary
Multi-Centre Laboratory Management of an Acute Sickle Cell Crisis Patient with Multiple Antibodies

BTRU/Transfusion 2024

Blood Transfusion Cellular Therapies

Speakers and topics:

Dr Samantha R Warnakulasuriya, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Perioperative anaemia PBM and the work of the data BTRU: what is happening?

Dr Hongchao Qi,
Research Associate, BTRU Donor Health and Behaviour:
Post-donation haemoglobin testing strategy in whole blood donation: a modelling study on the STRIDES cohort

Dr Heli Harvala, Consultant Virologist, NHS Blood and Transplant Research Unit
Advances in Genomic-Enhanced Surveillance of Microbial Infections 

10:30 - 11:00Break  & Trade Exhibition


11:00 - 12:30

Plenary II BBTS Award Lectures:

Introduction to Awards by BBTS President Dr Geoff Poole

Race and Sanger Award: Nick Gleadall

James Blundell Award: Fumiichiro Yamamoto 

The BBTS President will also announce Lise Estcourt as the 2023  Kenneth Goldsmith Award winner and Megan Rowley as the 2023 BBTS Mollison Award winner

12:30 - 13:00BBTS Annual General Meeting, Members Only
12:30 - 14:00Lunch & Trade Exhibition
13:05 - 13:50

Lunch/Lunchtime Symposium 

Speakers and topics: TBC

Simultaneous Sessions
14.00 - 15.30

14:00 - 15:30TP Session

Speakers and topics:

Samantha Bonney,
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust:

Impact of providing insufficient clinical details to Blood Bank 

Pedro Vallevallines,
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust: 
Pitfalls of Electronic Tracking

Aimi Baird,
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust:

The good, the bad and the downright horrific aspects of overhauling transfusion practice

Jipsa Jacob,
Lead Transfusion Practitioner at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Major Haemorrhage: time-critical mission-impossible

Clinical Case Studies

Speakers and topics:

Dr Jennifer Laird, Consultant Haematologist, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
Transfusion support for a patient with complex requirements in pregnancy: case study and reflective discussion

Dr Cath Booth, Consultant Haematologist, NHSBT and Barts Health NHS Trust
ABO grouping after massive transfusion: puzzles, pitfalls and potential perils

Dr Jessica Sandham, Consultant Haematologist, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Trust
Topic TBC

Dr Jenny Easterbrook, Consultant in Transfusion Medicine with SNBTS, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh: A challenging case of anaphylaxis

Replacing Analysers

Speakers and topics:

Ian Sullivan,
Blood Transfusion Laboratory Manager, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust:

The Procurement Process

Kerry Dowling, Transfusion Laboratory Manager, Southampton General:
Validation and verification

Tim Wreford Bush,
Blood Transfusion Laboratory Manager, Severn Pathology, North Bristol NHS Trust:

Change control

15:30 - 16:45Break followed by networking and Poster Viewing Afternoon
16:45 - 17:15Poster Prize Giving
19:00 - 23:30Gala Dinner
Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel

DAY 3: Thursday 12th October

09:30 - 11:00Simultaneous Sessions:


Simon Carter-Graham, - Clinical Incident Specialist - Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) and Jane Oldham, Transfusion Practitioner for NHS Lothian, SNBTS Transfusion Team
ABOi cases reported to SHOT – what can we learn from them? (Illustrative cases and overview)

Dr Jennifer Davies, Transfusion laboratory Manager, Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Learning from transfusion related deaths reported to SHOT

Nicola Swarbrick, Laboratory Incident Specialist - Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT)

SCRIPT – overview and resource

Victoria Tuckley, Laboratory Incident Specialist - Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT)
ACE Reporting – learning from excellence

Education Session

Education courses/resources for Scientific and Clinical Colleague

Kerry Dowling and Dr Jennifer Davies, United Kingdom Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative Chair and Deputy Chair
2023 standards and survey results update

Sasha Cooke, Patient Blood Management Education Team, NHS Blood and Transplant
Improving access to continuous professional development for hospital transfusion staff

Andy King-Venables, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Transfusion Team, Part of National Services Scotland
Non-Medical Authorisation of Blood Components and the new United Kingdom and Ireland Blood Transfusion Network framework

Helen Thom, Red Cell Immunohaematology Development Lead for Transfusion 2024 and Alex Hogan, Undertaking the Higher Specialist Scientist Trainee. Both from NHS Blood and Transplant
Red Cell Immunohaematology Assist App: A National Referral Algorithm and Transfusion Education Resource

SS9: Transfusion 2024

Suzy Morton - Consultant Haematologist, UHB and Clinical Education Lead, NHSBT
Clinical transfusion education - what will we be prioritising over the next 3 years?

Lise Estcort - Director of NHSBT Clinical Trials Unit
Why we need to develop a clinical studies network

Matt Bend - Blood Stocks Management Scheme Manager, NHSBT
Hospital data integration and future potential - the truth is out there!

Gary Cavanagh - Business Development Manager, RCI, NHSBT
Heather Clarke - Transfusion Labatory Manager, University Hospitals of Derby & Burton

How e-requesting and e-reporting for Fetal RhD tests can improve practice
11:00 - 11:30Break 
11:30 - 13:00
Plenary III - Environmental Impact (Blood Service)

Neil Powell, Environmental Manager, NHSBT

Lisa Waltham, Immucor

Padraig Williams, Head of testing Irish Blood Transfusion Service

13:00 - 13:15

Closing Remarks, Dr Geoff Poole                                                               
13:45Close of Exhibition and Departure