Blood and Infection is one of six National Programmes of Care (NPoCs) overseeing the commissioning of specialised and highly specialised services.
The role of the NPoC is to provide leadership and oversight of the development and delivery of a comprehensive work programme that achieves demonstrable improvements in the quality, equity, value and outcomes of commissioned specialised services.
The Blood and Infection NPoC covers specialised services in infection, immunity and haematology. It consists of an NPoC Board and six Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) as follows:
- Blood and Marrow Transplantation (F01)
- Specialised Blood Disorders (F02)
- HIV (F03)
- Infectious Diseases (F04)
- Haemoglobinopathies (F05)
- Specialised Immunology and Allergy Services (F06)
CRGs provide clinical advice and leadership on the specialised services in the Blood and Infection NPoC. These groups of clinicians, commissioners, public health experts, patients and carers use their specific knowledge and expertise to advise NHS England on the best ways that specialised services should be provided.
CRGs lead on the development of clinical commissioning policies, service specifications and quality standards. They also provide advice on innovation, horizon scanning, service reviews and guide work to reduce variation and deliver increased value. CRGs, through their Patient and Public Voice (PPV) members, also help ensure that any changes to the commissioning of specialised services involve patients and the public.
Chair and membership of the Blood and Infection NPoC Board
Chair: Dr Siraj Misbah
Dr Siraj Misbah is a Consultant Clinical Immunologist and Lead for Clinical Immunology at Oxford University Hospitals.
He is actively involved in the investigation and management of patients with primary immunodeficiency, connective tissue disease, complex allergy, drug allergy and anaesthetic allergy and patients requiring immunotherapy.
Siraj is also one of the current clinical leads for Immunoglobulin demand management
National Programme of Care Senior Manager (interim): Sharon Hodgson
Sharon has previously worked within Blood and Infection and Cancer services at a regional level, and across regional and national teams for women’s and children’s services.
- National Programme of Care Manager: Anna Kafkalias
- Regional Medical Director of Commissioning: David Black
- Regional Director for Specialised Commissioning, Health and Justice: Andrew Bibby
- Commissioning Manager Highly Specialised Services: Joan Ward
- Programme of Care PPV member: Gillian Adams
- Business Support Officer: Jonathan Hill