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17 April 2012
Delivering a world class service that saves and improves more lives every day is the priority NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has set out in its Strategic Plan 2012-2017 published today.
This will include:
All these improvements not only help save the lives of the three people a day who die waiting for a suitable organ for transplant but they contribute to cost savings which enable NHSBT to reduce the price of a unit of blood from £125 last year to £123 - delivering savings that can be reinvested in frontline patient care.
Commenting on the five year plan NHSBT Chief Executive, Lynda Hamlyn, said: “Our ambition is simple - to be demonstrably the best service of our type in the world. Our Strategic Plan maps out how, over the next five years, we will achieve this ambition.
”The new Plan builds on our success in driving up safety and quality standards and driving down costs and in establishing the infrastructure necessary to deliver more organs for transplantation across the UK. It sets out a longer term view for modernising the blood service to both donors and patients and for developing a new strategy for organ donation beyond 2013.”
NHSBT is a unique organisation, supplying life saving products that are needed by NHS patients. Its role can only be compared with similar services in other countries across the world, although very few of these operate across the same full spectrum of blood, organs, tissues and stem cells, as NHSBT. One of NHSBT's strategic priorities will be to learn more from these comparisons and to benchmark its services against the best in the world, not forgetting areas of supply chain excellence found in the private sector. This will help to deliver improvements in future years.
“I want NHSBT to be seen as the supplier of choice by our customers, respected globally for our expertise and seen by our staff as a great place to work. We are proud of our progress in recent years and privileged that our donors trust us to turn their altruistic and generous donations of blood, organs, tissues and stem cells into ways we can bring hope to families and life saving treatments for patients,” said Ms Hamlyn.
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