National Haemovigilance Office Open days

All newly appointed hospital based Haemovigilance Officers are invited to attend an induction training programme run once a year by the NHO in the National Blood Centre.

Among the topics covered on this day are:

  • Reporting of Serious Adverse Events/Reactions
  • Hospital Based Haemovigilance
  • Clinical Issues
  • Quality Issues
  • Clinical Audit
  • Guidance on developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's)

If you are newly appointed and working in haemovigilance and would like to attend an upcoming Open Day , please contact the office at

The National Haemovigilance Office continues to support transfusion education for hospital based Haemovigilance Officers and staff involved in the transfusion process. Support is also provided for nursing and laboratory science students.

Degree Level Modules

NHO in partnership with Dublin City University (DCU).

Post-graduate module in Haemovigilance in Dublin City University  

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the NHO are currently unable to deliver the stand alone module: Haemovigilance in Practice . We understand this is very disappointing for interested applicants but unfortunately it is beyond the control of the NHO. Thank you  to all  who expressed an interest and the NHO apologizes for any disappointment or inconvenience.


The partnership between the National Haemovigilance Office (NHO) at the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) and School of Nursing at the Faculty of Science and Health at Dublin City University (DCU) has enabled the provision of stand-alone professional development modules in blood transfusion and haemovigilance since 2004.

The NHO working with DCU will is delighted to inform you of the successful development of a new 10 credit level 8 haemovigilance module.This module is aimed at practitioners with an interest in haemovigilance and blood transfusion practice. This new module includes many of the subject areas previously covered in the previous three modules: NS 447, NS448 and NS 449, which will now become inactive.

The module has been designed to be delivered in the National Blood Centre at the Irish Blood Transfusion Service over a period of 5 days in of two distinct study blocks.  This approach aims to facilitate work- life balance of students’ and delivery by subject area specialists working in haemovigilance and blood transfusion practice.   All teaching will be carried out by medical consultants, medical scientists and nurses educated to at least MSc level.

E Learning

General Information on E Learning

The Better Blood Transfusion Continuing Education Programme (BBCEP) was developed by the Effective Use of Blood (EUB) Group of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. It is aimed at practitioners involved in blood transfusion practice and is provided by LearnProNHS and offers 13 modules. Current list of available modules

Each module has several units, and is supported by self-directed learning materials, links to additional resources, and a helpdesk. The patient scenarios provide learners with interactive learning, and address various aspects of transfusion practice such as, triggers for transfusion, informed consent and alternatives to transfusion.

Self-directed learning packs, face-to-face learning content, guidelines and hyperlinks to additional materials supplement the programme content. There are assessments for each module and the e-learning programme can be accessed at: 

Access to the site is funded by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and is co-ordinated from the NHO. For more information contact the NHO at