Coronavirus: COVID-19 Information for transplant professionals

A new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been widely publicised in the national press.

This document provides information about COVID-19 for transplant professionals.
The current advice is changing daily and professionals are advised to refer to NHS and government resources for the most up to date advice.




Expression of Interest for Chair of RINTAG


The role of Chair of the Research, Innovation and Novel Technologies Advisory Group.

Closing date for expressions of interest is Sunday 23rd February.

As you know, the post is currently held by Gabriel Oniscu who will reach the end of his tenure in June 2020. He has made major contributions to the improvement of the ODT Research approvals pathway and the development of an allocation scheme for research organs. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his exemplary service.

We are now looking to reappoint the Chair of this Advisory Group and are seeking nominations from interested parties. Applicants should be clinicians of Consultant status (or equivalent), be active in the field of transplantation in the UK and have the support of their peers. The appointment will be for an initial period of three years with the possibility of a second and final term of two years.

Applications should be less than two pages, include a brief CV and outline of work proposed for the next three years and be submitted to Heather Crocombe at by Sunday 23 February. Interviews dates are scheduled for 24/25 March at the West End Donor Centre in London.

Before submitting your application please note the following:

1) NHSBT do not pay excellence awards (National or Local) as part of PA payment for Advisory Group Chair Roles
2) If successful in your application, the Advisory Group Chair Role must form part your job plan with your Trust/ Hospital Board.


Contact Ambreen Iqbal if you wish to discuss the position in more detail




2019-nCov and Transplantation


We are aware of concerns amongst both patients and professional groups regarding the implications of the novel corona virus for transplantation.

In brief: organ donation should NOT be considered from individuals with proven or possible 2019-nCoV infection, nor from individuals who have returned from China in the last 21 days.


Further information can be obtained from The Transplantation Society using the link below.



The 10th Edition of the Master Class in Liver Disease Series.



Transcending Barriers in Living Donor Liver Transplantation

ITC Grand Chola, Chennai, India.
28th, 29th February and 1st March 2020.

This meeting is being organized jointly in association with the Liver Transplant Society of India (LTSI), the pan-Indian organisation for liver transplant professionals.

MCLD’s 10th Edition aims to discuss and debate a wide range of challenges in current Living Donor Liver Transplantation practice including ‘too-sick to transplant’ recipients, controversial indications, marginal live liver donors, and challenging postoperative situations.


For further information, and to register, please visit the website below.



The BTS Winter 2019 Newsletter

The British Transplantation Society Winter 2019 Newsletter is here including the latest news, reports and events.



Funding of up to £2,500 for healthcare sector women available



Women & Leadership International is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the UK’s healthcare sector.

The campaign is providing women with grants of up to £2,500 to enable participation in one of three leadership development programs: Leading Edge (for junior and aspiring leaders and managers), Executive Ready (for mid-level leaders and managers) and the Advanced Leadership Program (for senior and executive level women).

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 31st January 2020


Transplant Natters – The BTS Nursing Newsletter November 2019 Issue

Transplant Natters – The British Transplantation Society Nursing Newsletter February Issue is here including the latest news, events and more.


Transplant Natters
November 2019 Issue


The BTS Summer/Autumn Newsletter

The British Transplantation Society Summer/Autumn Newsletter is here including the latest news, reports and events.



UK Guidelines for Pancreas Transplantation 2019 Consultation Draft

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

Human Tissue Authority launch consultation – Deadline for comments 26th September 2019

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 link below