Below is an outline of the Publication Scheme and the classes of information that are available. You can obtain a full copy of the Publication Scheme, in electronic format or hard copy, by emailing or writing to the Information Governance Officer.


Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service
Lisburn Road, Belfast

Outline of NIBTS Publication Scheme

Who we are and what we do

  • How we fit into the HSC structure
  • Organisational structure
  • Lists of and information relating to organisations with which NIBTS works in partnership
  • Senior staff and management board members
  • Location and contact details for all public-facing departments

What we spend and how we spend it

  • Annual statement of accounts
  • Budgets and variance reports
  • Financial audit reports
  • Standing financial instructions
  • Capital programme
  • Staff and Board members' allowances and expenses
  • Staff pay and grading structures
  • Funding (including endowment funds)
  • Procurement and tendering procedures
  • Details of contracts currently being tendered
  • List and value of contracts awarded and their value

What are our priorities and how are we doing

  • Annual Report
  • Annual business plan
  • Targets, Aims and Objectives
  • Strategic Direction document (5 year plan)
  • Performance against targets (KPI)/performance framework
  • Clinical governance
  • Audit reports
  • Service User Surveys

How we make decisions

  • Board papers - agenda, supporting papers and minutes
  • Personal and public involvement strategy (PPI)
  • Public consultations (for example, concerning closures/variations of services)
  • Internal communications guidance and criteria used for decision making i.e. process systems and key personnel

Our policies and procedures

  • Policies and procedures relating to the conduct of business and the provision of services
  • Policies and procedures relating to human resources (including Race, Disability, Age and Gender, Equal Opportunities)
  • Policies and procedures relating to recruitment and employment
  • Equality Scheme/statement produced in accordance with section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998
  • Standing financial procedures
  • Standing orders
  • Complaints and other customer service policies and procedures
  • Data protection / information governance / Caldicott Guardian
  • Estate management
  • Charging regimes and policies

List and registers

  • Any information we are currently legally required to hold in publicly available registers
  • List of main contractors / suppliers
  • Assets registers and Information Asset Register
  • Any register of interests kept in NIBTS
  • Register of Gifts and Hospitality provided to Board members and senior personnel
  • Disclosure log

The services we offer

  • Clinical services provided and/or commissioned
  • Non-clinical services
  • Services for which NIBTS is entitled to recover a fee together with those fees
  • Patient information leaflets and other booklets and newsletters
  • Advice and guidance
  • Corporate communications & media releases

Downloadable documents

NIBTS Risk Management Strategy

NIBTS Accounts 2010-11

Downloadable files

NIBTS HR Policy Pack