JPAC Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee

About the National Blood Transfusion Committee


The overall objective is to promote good transfusion practice by providing a framework to:

  1. Channel information and advice to hospitals and Blood Services on best practice and performance monitoring with the aims of:

    • improving the safety of blood transfusion practice
    • improving the appropriateness of clinical blood transfusion
    • exploring and facilitating the implementation of methods to reduce the need for allogeneic blood transfusion
    • listening to and informing patient concerns about blood transfusion
    • promoting the highest quality and consistency in transfusion practice 
  2. Consult with national groups developing guidelines in transfusion medicine in order to determine best practice.

  3. Review the performance of the transfusion-related services provided by NHS Blood and Transplant.

  4. Identify service development needs, and provide assistance, as required, with the work of the National Commissioning Group and the Blood Stocks Management Scheme.

  5. Provide appropriate patient information and seek patients' opinion on these and other transfusion experiences.

  6. Provide advice on all aspects of transfusion practice to the National Medical Director of NHS England, and also to the Chief Medical Officer or other Department of Health officials.

  7. Provide information on appropriate education and training of blood transfusion.


  1. The Committee will cover the area served by NHS Blood and Transplant i.e. England.

  2. The Committee should ensure there is close collaboration with similar initiatives in the rest of the United Kingdom and in other countries in the EU.

  3. The scope of the National Blood Transfusion Committee includes the safe and effective use of blood components, blood products and their alternatives, except for specialist areas such as the treatment of inherited disorders such as haemophilia and immunodeficiencies.

Background to the establishment of the National Blood Transfusion Committee (PDF)


Jonathan Wallis FRCP(UK), FRCPath.

Chair of the National Blood Transfusion Committee
Jonathan Wallis, Consultant Haematologist at Freeman Hospital, trained at Oxford, Westminster, Exeter and Newcastle and has been a consultant since 1990 in Newcastle upon Tyne.

A clinical and laboratory haematologist with a keen interest in transfusion, his clinical workload is non-malignant haematology and myeloma, CLL and MPD. He has been clinical director of laboratory medicine in Newcastle for 8 years in total.  Read more

Royal Colleges
Pathologists, Physicians, Surgeons, Anaesthetists, Obstetricians, Paediatrics & Child Health, Emergency Medicine, Nursing.

Specialist societies
British Society for Haematology, British Blood Transfusion Society, UK Intensive Care Society.

Other professional organisations
Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) Scheme, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

NHS Blood and Transplant
Medical and Research Director, Director of Blood Supply, Director of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services, Clinical Director - Patient Blood Management, Assistant Director of Customer Services, National Lead - Patient Blood Management.

NHS England

Patient representative from the Royal College of Pathologists Patients' Liaison Group

Chairmen (or alternatives) of the Regional Transfusion Committees