British Transplantation Society – UK Guidelines on Pancreas and Islet Transplantation – Draft for Consultation.
Deadline for receipt of comments is Friday 9th August 2019
Please review the draft guidelines below and e-mail any comments you wish to make directly to
Peter Andrews, Chair of the BTS Standards Committee
A consultation on proposed changes to the Code of Practice for organ donation and transplant professionals in England has been launched today by the Human Tissue Authority.
The review of the guidance comes in response to the upcoming law change around organ donation, which will come into effect in England from spring 2020.
The consultation, which will run until Thursday 26 September at 5pm (a full 12 week consultation), provides an opportunity for all those working in the field of organ and tissue donation and transplantation to inform the development of the revised Code.
With the move to deemed consent, the Code of Practice will be separated into two parts:
Part one: living organ donation (out of scope for the consultation)
This provides guidance on legislative requirements to clinicians working in living organ donation and transplantation and HTA Independent Assessors.
Part two: deceased organ and tissue donation
This provides guidance to Specialist Nurses in Organ Donation (SNODs), Tissue Donor Coordinators, and other professionals who seek consent for deceased organ and tissue donation.
Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation, at NHS Blood and Transplant, says:
“Over recent months, we have been working hard to ensure that we are prepared for the new opt out system for organ donation which will be introduced in England from spring 2020.
We will continue to work closely with the Human Tissue Authority to ensure that this guidance covers all aspects of the process and gives assurance to both medical professionals and the wider public as to how the new system will work in practice. The principles of respect, dignity and support for the family at a time of personal loss, will remain at the heart of the organ donation process, just as they are now.
While our ongoing awareness campaign will continue to run up to and beyond the introduction of the new system next year, we urge everyone to have the conversation and ensure that they are aware of their relatives’ views. It is important that people know they will still have a choice and their family will still be approached if organ donation ever becomes a possibility.
For anyone still considering their decision or in need of further information about organ donation or the law change, we would urge them to visit our website or contact our helpline, in order to get their questions answered.”
For more information use the links below
5-6 December 2019
The 2-day course will be taking place on 5th and 6th December 2019 and will be held at Kings College London Science Gallery.
The main organiser of the event is Dimitros Mitzouris, a renal consultant at Guy’s Hospital (email@example.com), and a variety of speakers will be attending from around Europe. The course is designed for consultants and trainee nephrologists but would also be useful for other healthcare professionals in the field of transplantation.
More information regarding the course can be found on the King’s College London website.
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Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December 2019
De Vere Tortworth Court
Vesalius Clinical Training Centre
This is a two-day workshop designed to optimise the quality of organs offered for transplantation by improving retrieval practice.
The course is aimed at surgical trainees with an interest in abdominal (liver, pancreas, kidney) and cardiothoracic (heart, lung) organ donation and transplantation. It includes lectures and workshops together with practical demonstrations of relevant techniques involving all participants.
For those who seek competency to participate in a National Organ Retrieval Service team in the UK this Masterclass is a mandatory part of the required competency accreditation as a retrieval surgeon in the UK.
To register your interest, please send your details to:
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The British Viral Hepatitis Group has recently issued a position statement on the use of organs from hepatitis C viraemic donors in hepatitis C negative recipients. View the PDF on the BASL website using the link below.