Chapter of Nurses Members
Lead Nurse, Recipient Coordinator, NHSBT
I qualified as a Staff Nurse in 2003 and worked in Leeds and Newcastle upon Tyne, across the specialities of Infectious Diseases, Coronary Care and Intensive Care. In 2010 I joined the cardiothoracic transplant team at Freeman Hospital as a Research Nurse and On-call Transplant Co-ordinator. In 2014 I moved to be a full-time Recipient Transplant Co-ordinator at Royal Papworth Hospital. 2019 presented me with an interesting opportunity to join NHSBT as the Lead Nurse for Recipient Co-Ordinators on an 18-month secondment.
From an educational perspective I have gained a M.A in Advanced Practice, PG Certificate in Transplantation and PG Certificate in Medical and Healthcare Education. In 2014 I was awarded best oral presentation by the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgeons; in the same year I was also a successful applicant for the International Society for Heart and Lung transplantation Travel Scholarship. This enabled me to spend one month in Australia observing their transplant service and discussing the donor choices form which has been implemented across most cardiothoracic transplant centres in the UK.
I am keen for all nurses to feel empowered and sufficiently mentored to audit their practices, conduct research and present their findings. Without this reflection on service provision embedding evidence-based practice begins to stagnate.
Lead Retrieval Nurse and Donor Care Physiologist,
Royal Papworth Hospital
Jen is a qualified RGN with significant cardiothoracic critical care nursing experience. For several years now, she has been working as a Donor Care Physiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital and is a key part of the NORS Retrieval Team. The role entails crucial physiological and haemodynamic assessment, optimisation and management of multi-organ donors. In 2018, Jen was promoted to the position of Lead Nurse Retrieval/DCP.
Jen has a very keen interest and involvement in the DCD Heart Transplant Programme at Royal Papworth Hospital from its instigation. Furthermore, she is currently involved in the Novel Technology Implementation Group within NHSBT and continues to work towards ensuring the highest capability and resilience of Royal Papworth Hospital’s NORS team, ensuring we have an established and competent team of non-medical staff on our retrieval team to set up and operate the Organ Care System throughout cardiothoracic retrievals.
Jen is not only passionate about teaching both on local and national level, through many NHSBT/RPH initiatives, on all matters associated with donor organ management and retrieval, but also a strong advocate for more nurses, such as herself, to be involved and undertake similar extended roles.
Her key interest is to support nursing staff, especially in the area of cardiothoracic transplantation and retrieval. She encourages development, involvement and research within the nursing team.
Head of Commissioning Development ODT, NHSBT. Council Member for Donor Co-ordination (Co-Chair)
Mark Roberts trained as a nurse in west London and specialised in Critical Care, holding several positions in units across London and Liverpool. Mark undertook cardiothoracic intensive care training at the Royal Brompton National Heart and Lung Hospital before gaining transplant experience at St Georges Hospital in South London.
In 2001 Mark gained a BA in Specialist Practitioner General Intensive Care Nursing at John Moores University in Liverpool before moving to Cardiff in 2002 to take up a position as a Donor Transplant Coordinator at the University Hospital of Wales. In 2009 Mark began working for NHS Blood and Transplant as a Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation and subsequently as Team Manager for the South Wales Organ Donation Team.
It was as a Team Manager that Mark was a member of the expert group that provided advice to the Welsh Government on the new Human Transplantation (Wales) Act. Mark was appointed as the Business Lead for Work Package 5 of the ACCORD project, an EU Joint Action and as the Service Development Manager organised the successful Organ Donation and Transplantation Congress in 2015.
Currently Mark is the Head of Commissioning Development within the Organ Donation and Transplantation Directorate at NHS Blood and Transplant.
Living Donor Transplant Co-ordinator,
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
Council Member for Donor Co-ordination (Co-Chair)
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Professional Development Specialist, NHSBT
Sally qualified as a RGN in 1991 in the West Midlands spending the next 8 years in elderly care and female surgical before entering the world of Critical Care. In 2003 she completed her ENB 100 in Critical Care this is where she was first exposed to the world of Organ Donation and Transplantation. A Transplant Coordinator came and spoke on the ENB100 course and she was inspired.
In 2004 Sally moved to the West Country to continue her Critical Care career in a District General ITU where she was again involved with Organ Donation supporting the Transplant Coordinator in her Sister role. An opportunity arose in 2006 to join the Transplant Coordinators in the Bristol Renal Transplant Coordinators Team and her journey in the World of Organ Donation and Transplantation began. Since then she has worked within donation and transplantation.
Transferring her employment to NHSBT in 2009 allowed her focus to be more on Organ Donation and the support of the donor families, providing them with the best possible care whilst ensuring the transplant recipients receive a safe transplant.
In 2013 the new Education and Service Development Team was developed and Sally was appointed to be part of this new team. Reforming and taking forward Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation Education and development. Three years later the team has completely transformed the way we train our new SNOD’s and how we support our existing workforce.
Lead Nurse Living Donation, NHSBT
Lisa Burnapp has a background in nephrology and transplantation and was appointed as a Consultant Nurse in Living Donor Kidney Transplantation at Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, following completion of her MA in Medical Law and Ethics in 2002. She retains a clinical attachment there with a special interest in altruistic organ donation. As Lead Nurse for Living Donation at NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT), she facilitates the development and implementation of UK Strategy for Living Donor Kidney Transplantation. She is currently the General Secretary of the British Transplantation Society (BTS), having established and Co-Chaired the Living Donor Transplantation Forum from 2004 to 2014 and been a past member of the Ethics Committee.
Within the BTS Standards Committee, she has co-edited and published best practice guidelines in areas of donation and transplantation practice. She is the immediate past chair of the European Donation and Transplant Co-ordination Organisation (EDTCO) and member of the living organ donation working group within the Ethical, Legal and Psychological Aspects of Transplantation (ELPAT); both sections of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT). She is a member of the Human Tissue Authority Transplantation Advisory Group and supports the training and development of healthcare professionals in organ donation and transplantation in a variety of national and international settings. She was awarded a fellowship of the British Renal Society (BRS) in May 2012 and the BRS Jane Macdonald MDT Leadership Lecture Award in 2014.
LKD Team Leader, Oxford
Sandra qualified as a Registered General Nurse some years ago and for the last 20 years has focused her nursing career within Renal and Transplantation. She has worked in a variety of areas including Renal and Transplant Ward, Haemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, Transplant Assessment and Follow-up. She has completed a Master’s degree in Advanced Health Care Practice.
Her current role as Advanced Nurse Practitioner involves Leading the Living Donor Programme at the Renal and Transplant Unit at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. Sandra also participates in Recipient Co-ordination for kidney, pancreas, islet and intestine transplantation.
Transplant Services Manager,
Kings College Hospital
Transplant Co-ordinators Office,
Bristol, BS10 5NB
LKD Co-coordinator, Glasgow