Established in October 2017, the Wales Infected Blood Support Scheme (WIBSS) aims to provide support to people who have been infected with Hepatitis C and/or HIV following treatment with NHS blood, blood products or tissue.
Taking over from the existing UK schemes (Eileen Trust, Macfarlane Trust, MFET Ltd, Skipton Fund and Caxton Foundation), WIBSS aims to provide both a streamlined financial payment service and personalised support for Welsh beneficiaries.
Use the following drop downs to find out more about the team, our services and our background.
We are small team with varying skill sets, each designed with your needs in mind. At present, the team consists of two dedicated welfare rights advisors plus administration support, a finance manager and payment specialist.
Based within the Velindre NHS Trust and NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP), we work in conjunction with the Welsh Government to ensure that the Wales Infected Blood Support Scheme is run as efficiently as possible. There are also close links to many external stakeholders and organisations, ensuring strong partnership networks for referrals, signposting and fair representation across the sector.
The Wales Infected Blood Support Scheme was created in response to views expressed from circa 200 individuals who were being supported by the five former UK wide schemes.
Responses from the consultation, which closed January 2017, have shaped the scheme within Wales and full details of the consultation can be found here.
Our services are varied and are tailored to your requirements. We recognise that not everyone will have the same level of needs nor do they wish to be contacted by the scheme unless it is of essential nature, e.g. payments, hence you can let us know your preferences via your contact preferences.
The WIBSS manages all payments to be received by beneficiaries, alongside free, impartial guidance on accessing services, money queries and further support.