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


Renal Transplant Anaesthesia Meeting



Wednesday 27 November 2019

Organiser: Drs Marc Wittenberg and Peter Berry, Royal Free Hospital
Location: Events @ No 6, 6 Alie St, London, E1 8QT



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:



The BTS Summer/Autumn Newsletter

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



Save the Date – BTS Annual Congress 2020

BTS Annual Congress 2020. 4th-6th March 2020, ICC Belfast.

3rd March – Presidents Dinner (Invite only)
5th March – Gala Dinner




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 links below

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.