2024 BHNOG Annual Conference

This year’s BHNOG annual conference ‘The Blood Health Plan: Making it work for you: was held virtually on Monday 11th March.

Opened by Sir Frank Atherton, the conference showcased innovative work used to deliver the Blood Health Plan’s strategic aims.

An exciting array of presentations and posters were provided by subject matter experts in both Patient Blood Management (PBM), Education and Training; Service Improvement; Quality, Regulatory and Audit. We would like to congratulate the overall poster presentation winner Debra Evans, a cardiothoracic clinical nurse specialist from Swansea Bay University Health Board.


Content and presentations from the conference can be found in the section below.


BHNOG Annual Conference Presentations


Below is the content from all conferences held by the BHNOG since the establishment of the group. The drop down arrows will take you to the specific conference, its content and presentations.

Session 1: BHP Strategic Aim 1 – Support individuals to manage their blood health and wellbeing, avoiding unnecessary intervention:  Chair Dr Brian Tehan
How is it for you? Genetic Hamochromatosis donor story – Hywel Lloyd
Genetic Haemochromatosis – supporting the blood supply – Elisabeth Davies WBS & Neil McClements Haemochromatosis UK
Consent – are the patients sufficiently informed? Dr Shubha Allard NHSBT
Session 2: BHP Strategic Aim 2 – Use evidence and data to inform planning, improves practice and reduce inappropriate use of blood components:  Chair Dr Indu Thakur
Diversity in the donor panel – are we doing enough? Mr John James OBE, Chief Executive of Sickle Cell Society
Dashboards: Driving clinical practice with data Keith Howkins & Rebecca Capel, Digital Healthcare Wales
Session 3: BHP Strategic Aim 3 – Place safety and quality at the core of care, reducing variability and supporting innovation and development:  Chair Dr Caroline Evans
Partnering with patients to enhance transfusion safety Dr Shruthi Narayan, SHOT
How did you manage the Amber Alert? Dr Fateha Chowdhury, NHSBT
Anaemia Team Update Anaemia Management Team
Value Based Health Care Funding – Examples from across Wales of its use in optimisation of patients with pre-operative anaemia
Aneurin Bevan UHB      Betsi Cadwaladr UHB     Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB                                                                   
Cardiff & Vale UHB       Hywel Dda UHB                 Swansea Bay UHB
Poster Presentation

Click on the poster images for the presentations

Winner: Improving the IV Iron pathway: Debra Evans & Tracey Williams Jones – Swansea Bay UHB


Introduction of an IV Iron service in the Orthopaedic Pre-operative assessment clinic in UHL, Cardiff:  Dr Nicola Ball, Sophia Jones & Fiona Northfield – Cardiff &Vale UHB

Introducing PCC into the Emergency Department: Aneurin Bevan UHB Transfusion Team

One at a time:  Hywel Dda UHB Transfusion Team

Pre-operative anaemia optimisation:  Yasmina Hamdaoui, Anwen Creegan & Dr Chris Bailey –  Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital

Transfusion reactions in IgA deficient patients: Elisabeth Davies & Welsh Blood Service Clinical Services team



Maintaining Safety & Increasing Occupancy in the Haematology Day Unit: Natalie Poore & Dr Rajesh Gamare –  Aneurin Bevan UHB