UK Organ Donation and Transplantation – The next NHS Strategy



Have you received your invitation to an NHS Organ Donation and Transplantation Strategy Event?

If not, we do apologise, we have experienced a few firewall issues. But the good news is that there is still time to register:

We are looking for delegates with a variety of backgrounds and interests to help us shape an exciting and ambitious new strategy for the next 5-10 years.

If you would be interested in attending one of these events, which will help us to develop the next vital chapter for Organ Donation and Transplantation in the UK, please visit our website and complete a registration form.

If you have any questions about the events, please do not hesitate to drop us an email:



Surgery 2030: Transformative Technologies




Surgery 2030: Transformative Technologies’ is the theme for the Surgical MICs National Meeting this year which will be held in the centre of Leeds on 19th November.

Tuesday 19th November 2019
Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds


Our National Meeting is an opportunity for delegates to network and create new multidisciplinary collaborations and secondly to stimulate development of innovative ideas to address challenges in surgery.

We are a centre of expertise for the development of technologies in the area of colorectal, vascular and hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) disease, with a focus on improving surgical care through technological innovation. Our aim is to ensure patients in need of surgical care have access to new technologies that have been rigorously tested to ensure they are safe, effective, and represent value for money to the NHS.

We bring together clinicians, academics, scientists, industry partners, patients and the public to work together to advance patient care by accelerating new science and technologies into patient benefit.


 We would like delegates to:

  • Understand the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to technology development for surgery
  • Understand the key success factors for clinical adoption of surgical innovation
  • Gain an overview of potential surgical applications of existing and/or new technology and how research collaborations accelerate the journey to patient access.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Gareth Loudon, Professor of Creativity at the Cardiff School of Art and Design and co-founder and Director of the Centre for Creativity Ltd
  • Mr Luigi Pugliese, Department of Surgery, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico SanMatteo, Pavia, Italy
  • Mr Sirko Pelzl, CEO and CTO of apoQlar GmbH
  • Dr Andrew Sims, Head of the Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Department (NMPCE), Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


We will be holding a PPI-led PhotoVoice session and the IDEAL collaboration will be holding a session  on their framework for the evaluation of innovation in surgery & devices & its practical application.


Register your free place now to avoid disappointment via Eventbrite below

Robotics in Transplantation




A 3 day course designed as an introduction to robotic donor nephrectomy and robotic transplantation.

29th November – 1st December 2019
Guy’s Hospital, London


Lectures on set-up and use of the robot
Tips and tricks
Useful protocols including pre-operative checklists, emergency undocking and relevant instruments
Presentation of a training plan
Hands-on training using a 3D-printed model with human vessels
Hands-on training on cadavers
Expert faculty

Course Directors

Professor Nizam Mamode
Mr Ioannis Loukopoulos




Surgeons ENabling Advanced Care in Transplant (ENACT) Meeting



Chiesi Limited invites you to attend the 2019 ENACT Surgeons meeting. This is the first meeting of its kind.

Save the date

Tuesday 12th November 2019

Leeds Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds LS1 6ET

CPD Points applied for from the Royal College of Surgeons

This meeting is free to attend, however prior registration online is required

This meeting will focus on managing challenges and complications in abdominal transplantation and the content has been tailored by transplant surgeons for transplant surgeons.



EFI 2020


34th European Immunogentics and Histocompatibility Conference

SEC, Glasgow, UK
26th – 29th April 2020


The 34th European Immunogentics and Histocompatibility Conference annual meeting will be held in the vibrant Scottish city of Glasgow from 26th – 29th April 2020.

“From Research to Clinical Reality” is the theme for EFI2020 which reflects the breadth and depth of the impact of histocompatibility and immunogenetics in science and medicine.  The Conference will take place at Scotland’s largest conference venue; the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) Glasgow, which sits on the historical banks of the River Clyde and boasts good airport, road and rail connections. Hailed as the ‘Gateway to Scotland’, Glasgow has many attractions including culture, shopping and nightlife.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to support the EFI2020 Conference and we very much look forward to seeing you there at what has been voted as the ‘Worlds Friendliest City’.

Key Dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 10 January 2020
  • Early bird registration deadline: 14 February 2020



Guy’s Hospital Kidney Transplantation Course


5-6 December 2019
Guy’s Hospital,
London, UK

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 (, 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.



5th Paediatric Kidney Transplantation Symposium


For Consultants, Trainees, Coordinators and Nurses

9th December 2019
10th December 2019
London, UK

Key Topics

  • Should children with ESRD be offered pancreas transplantation?
  • Kidney transplantation in children with severe cardiac insufficiency
  • Which children should have AV fistulas?
  • Transplanting children with learning disabilities
  • How to increase living and deceased donation for paediatric recipients?


  • Should patients with less than 5 yr life expectancy be offered transplantation?
  • Transition to adult service: how it is done around the world
  • When is the optimal time for bladder augmentation?
  • How to deal with bladder dysfunction and recurrent UTIs post transplant
  • When should we be worried about EBV?
  • Complex cases
Consultants £90 (£70 before 25th November 2019)
Trainees £70 (£50 before 25th November 2019)
Nurses/Coordinators £20
First 15 nurses Free registration

Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Association SOTPA Annual Masterclass Preliminary Programme


“The good, the bad and the ugly”

Friday 29th- Saturday 30 November 2019
Arden Hotel, Coventry Road, Bickenhill,
Solihull, Birmingham, B92 0EH

BTS Living Donor Forum & Winter Ethics Symposium 2019


‘Expanding the Living Donor Pool: incentives and beyond’

Thursday 28th November 2019
Park Inn by Radisson, York




NHSBT Multi–Organ Retrieval Masterclass


Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December 2019
De Vere Tortworth Court
Bristol University
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: