Would you like to make a difference to the health of blood donors by working with us on our research programme?

The fundamental remit of our unit is to address key questions about the health of blood donors, to maintain the safety of voluntary blood donation.

We are looking for blood donors to take part in discussions which will influence and improve our research.

We need the views, experiences and insights of donors, stakeholders and the public at large to ensure that our research meets the needs of donors, NHSBT and therefore society. We believe it will be invaluable to work with a group of lay persons, particularly donors, to provide the project with an independent lay perspective on the acceptability of work proposed, making adjustments to the programme as necessary to ensure we account for the challenges and impacts of blood donation that can’t be captured through routine donation sessions/questionnaires and reporting structures.

No prior experience or specialist knowledge is required – you can be of any age and from any background. All you need is a desire to get involved and contribute in order to make the research we do as relevant and accessible as possible.

We invite you to join the Standing Translational Advisory Group (STAG). As a member of the STAG, you will be asked to contribute on a remote (correspondence only) basis – you will not be required to attend meetings. You will be approached by email with either direct questions on which we would like your comments, questionnaires or more specific requests in accordance with the information you provide on your knowledge and experience.

As a valued contributor, we will seek your guidance on suggested initiatives but you will bear no accountability for decisions made as a result of your contributions. If you are interested in contributing, please complete our Register Your Interest form. Alternatively, to simply share your thoughts on the above or for further information email donorhealth@medschl.cam.ac.uk .

Committees of the Blood and Transplantation Unit in Donor Health and Genomics:

  • The Standing Translational Advisory Committee (STAC):
  • Made up mainly of lay representatives recruited from the STAG, the STAC will feed directly into the scientific strategy and direction of this unit. As representatives of the donor community, the STAC will provide essential advice on our research plans from inception to publication, ensuring the translational benefit of our work. • Membership of this committee will be reviewed annually – there is no fixed term – and lay representatives are free to withdraw at any time. • All agendas and associated paperwork will be provided along with food and refreshments.
  • We will cover the costs of travel and any other reasonable expenses incurred as a result of attendance at meetings (reimbursements will be made promptly in arrears following submission of an expenses form). For meetings in Cambridge, parking will be provided (just please let us know in advance).
  • As valued contributors, we will seek the guidance of our lay representatives on suggested initiatives but they will bear no accountability for decisions made as a result of their contributions.