NHS Blood and Transplant

NHS Blood

NHS Blood & Transplant employs over 5,000 people in over 200 locations across the UK. This  remarkable organisation provides a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood  donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This includes managing the  donation, storage and transplantation of blood, organs, tissues, bone marrow and stem cells, and  researching new treatments and processes.

Manufacturing operations have been transformed in recent years and manufacturing and testing sites  have been consolidated. A new, integrated supply chain approach has helped balance supply and  demand. This has led to an increase in productivity since 2008/09 of 75% in manufacturing and 98% in  testing.

This visit is being hosted at the manufacturing and processing centre in Colindale, London and it will provide  an insight into how this incredible organisation has developed and applied a programme of continuous  improvement within a diverse and highly complex organisation. NHS Blood & Transplant has a unique  role within the wider NHS of saving and improving lives through relationships and services delivered to  both volunteer donors and hospitals.

During the visit you will:

  • Understand the NHS Blood & Transplant Continuous Improvement journey that has been supported by lean principles.
  • See first-hand how processes have been improved in different settings of manufacturing, laboratory and support functions using continuous improvement principles
  • Understand how continuous improvement functions are responding to business needs and cultural challenges.
  • Understand how the organisation’s external partnerships and exchange forums contribute to the continuation and development of best practice

Visit in 60 seconds / Awards

Lean Principles … Continuous Improvement … Cultural challenges … External partnerships

Visit agenda

10.00 Arrival and Signing In

10.15 Welcome & Introductions

10.40 NHSBT Colindale – our Lean Journey

11.10 Virtual Reality – Vein to Vein

11:40 Tour of Manufacturing

12.30 Networking Lunch

13.15 Tour of Hospital Services

14:00 Overview of Cord Blood Bank

14.45 Q & A

15:15 Feedback session