National Organ Donation Committee

The National Organ Donation Committee is the national representative body for the twelve UK Regional collaboratives, and replaced the Donation Advisory Group in October 2011. Its membership includes the Regional Managers for Organ Donation and their respective Regional Clinical Leads. (For more information on the Regional Collaboratives, click here.) It is also attended by representatives of relevant professional bodies as well as senior staff from the Directorate of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHSBT. It is chaired by Dr Paul Murphy, National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation.

Terms of Reference

  • To act as a source of advice and assistance to NHSBT in the development of strategies to increase organ, corneal and tissue donation, and to work with NHSBT staff and the wider NHS to support their implementation.
  • To represent, lead and support the UK wide network of Donation Committees and Regional Collaboratives ensuring that regional issues are raised and shared at a national level
  • To provide a forum for identifying and spreading best practice across the UK
  • To lead the design and delivery of training and development opportunities for clinical staff involved in the care of potential deceased organ donors, including (but not limited to)
    • refresher courses for CLODs and Donation Committee Chairs
    • the National Donation Congress,
    • relevant areas of the NHSBT organ donation microsite and organ donation toolkit
    • the Map of Medicine organ donation pathways
  • To assist NHSBT to improve and optimise all aspects of donation to enable more transplants to take place, including both the strategies recommended by the Organ Donation Taskforce, the ‘six big wins’, and any further initiatives to increase organ donation identified by the NODC or arising from the post 2013 strategy. These will include but not be limited to improvements in
    • the identification and timely referral of all potential solid organ donors in intensive care units and in other clinical areas such as (but not restricted to) Departments of Emergency Medicine and stroke units.
    • the neurological determination of death in all possible cases
    • the physiological optimisation of potential brain dead donors, including intra-operative care
    • donation after circulatory death
    • the planning and delivery of the family approach for consent / authorisation for donation in collaboration with the specialist nurse for organ donation
  • To promote effective dialogue and collaboration between relevant professional groups and the Colleges and Societies that may represent them, including anaesthesia and critical care, paediatrics and child health, emergency medicine, critical care nursing, neurosurgery and retrieval / transplantation
  • To sponsor and support research, development and audit relevant to deceased donation, including (but not limited to) the analysis and future development of the Potential Donor Audit
  • To commission a small number of working subgroups that will deliver the key objectives of the committee, and to be chaired by the National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at NHSBT


National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation, NHSBT (Chair)

National Clinical Lead for Donor Optimisation

Associate Medical Director for Organ Donation and Transplantation, NHSBT

Director, Organ Donation and Transplantation, NHSBT

Assistant Director Education and Excellence, NHSBT

Regional Collaborative Representatives (to include 1 Donation Committee Chair)

Clinical Lead – Organ Donation Representative(s)

Non - clinical Donor Champion

Head of Operations, NHSBT

Head of Service Development, NHSBT

Regional Managers for Organ Donation

Statistics and Clinical Studies, NHSBT

Chair, Transitional Steering Group, Department of Health

Professional representatives

  • Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
  • Intensive Care Society
  • British Association of Critical Care Nursing
  • College of Emergency Medicine
  • Royal College of Child Health and Paediatrics / Paediatric Intensive Care Society
  • British Transplantation Society (tbc)
  • Society of British Neurological Surgeons (tbc)

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