The BTS Spring 2020 Newsletter

The British Transplantation Society Spring 2020 Newsletter is here including the latest news, reports and events.



Passing of Mr Adil al Tayar

Mr Adil El Tayar
March 1956 – March 2020


Dear Colleagues, 

I am sorry to inform you of the sad death of  Mr Adil al Tayar, a distinguished renal transplant surgeon and former member of the British Transplantation Society. Mr al Tayar worked at St Mary’s Hospital and at St George’s Hospital as well as several centres overseas. Abbas Ghazanfar has written an obituary which is attached to this message. 


With warmest wishes

Steve Wigmore
President BTS




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 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