Welsh Blood Service is celebrating after its collaborative project made the finals of this year’s NHS Wales Awards, announced today (Monday 15 August 2022).
In collaboration with Public Health Wales, Swansea Bay UHB and Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB the Welsh Blood Service is up for the following award:
Providing services in partnership across NHS Wales
• A partnership approach to rapidly establishing COVID-19 surveillance during the pandemic.
The scheme is a partnership of four NHS Wales organisations to deliver the COVID-19 serological surveillance. The Welsh Blood Service provides blood samples and demographic information to the scheme. The scheme updates Welsh Government on the changes in infection and vaccine-mediated immunity to the COVID-19 virus in the adult Welsh population, month-on-month.
The project, which began during the first wave in 2020, has processed over 66,000 samples to date. This supports effective decision-making about vaccination programmes and public health measures in Wales.
Dr Siân James leads the project for the Welsh Blood Service, which involves expertise and support of Business Intelligence, Automated Testing, Hospital Services and Research Facilitation. This cross-department work, in tandem with the partnership between Public Health Wales, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Swansea Bay University Health Board, has been recognised for its impact by the award nomination.