NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is working in partnership with the University of Cambridge to implement some changes to our standard practice with the aim to improve your donation experience. The STRIDES study (STRategies to Improve Donor ExperienceS) will take place in all blood donor centres and mobile teams over the next three years.
During this period, some small changes to the donation experience may occur including:
- The leaflets you read before you donate
- The drink you are offered in the waiting area
- The advice you are given during and after your donation.
For the duration of the STRIDES study, de-identified information about blood donors(i.e., it does not contain personal information) will be used to investigate if donor experiences have been improved. De-identified data from blood donation records will be provided by NHSBT to approved researchers at the University of Cambridge.
If you do not wish for your data to be used for the STRIDES study, please ask a member of staff for the ‘STRIDES opt out’ form. Please note that opting out of STRIDES will not affect your routine blood donation with NHSBT.
A subset of blood donors will be asked to join the STRIDES BioResource.