About Us

We are NHS Blood and Transplant.

We stand for hope. We stand for life. We stand for helping people to do something extraordinary, save and improve the lives of others.

As an essential part of the NHS we take pride in playing our part to make the most of absolutely every donation - from blood and organs to tissues and stem cells.

The donors who make our work possible do so selflessly, giving life and changing life for the better. It is because of them, and the people who need their life saving and life enhancing donations, that we strive to be the best in all we do.

We are responsible for:

  • Encouraging people to donate organs, blood, stem cells and tissues
  • Optimising the safety and supply of blood, organs, stem cells and tissues and matching them to patients
  • Helping to raise the quality, effectiveness and clinical outcomes of blood and transplant services
  • Providing expert advice to other NHS organisations, and to the health departments of the four UK countries
  • Commissioning and conducting research and development to improve outcomes for patients
  • Implementing relevant EU statutory frameworks and guidance.

We were formed in October 2005 from the merger of the National Blood Service and UK Transplant.

We are grateful to our donors who generously provide the donations vital to so many patients. We are proud to support and enable altruistic donation in the UK.

A single thread unites and connects everyone at NHSBT – our vital role in making sure the precious altruistic donations we receive from the public continue to save and improve as many lives as possible.

We do this by focusing on our key values: Caring, Expert and Quality. These values cut through everything we do and shape how we work together, and with others, to achieve our ambition and deliver our purpose.

  • We care about the patient, our donors, their families and colleagues, who together meet patient needs
  • We are expert in meeting the needs of our customers and partners
  • We provide quality products and services and positive experiences for donors, staff and patients

Blood Services

We provide a safe, accessible and effective blood service for:

  • donors - easier booking systems and thousands of places to donate
  • patients - safe and consistent supply of blood
  • the NHS - lower costs to hospitals through improved integration and planning of end-to-end supply chain

Find out more here.

Transplantation Services

We are responsible for:

  • Patient safety - fair, unbiased and compassionate matching and allocating of donated organs, tissue and stem cells
  • Specialist support - dedicated clinical nurses and 24 hour support teams
  • Community awareness - our campaign teams work tirelessly across the UK to encourage donations and enable us to offer more transplants

Organ Donation and Transplantation

We manage the NHS Organ Donor Register and National Transplant Register, which lets us fairly match donors to people who are waiting for a transplant. Thanks to our amazing donors, we were able to facilitate nearly 4,000 transplants in 2019/20. This is fantastic, but there is still a lot more to do. There are currently around 6,000 people on the UK Transplant Waiting List. Last year over 350 people died while waiting for a transplant.

Find out more here.